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A Group Desk That's Part Coat Hanger, Part Skateboard

A new design aims to facilitate flexible interaction in tight spaces.

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London vs. Beijing: The Pregames

Though the spectacle has been underwhelming, London may have an edge over the Chinese capital in long-term planning.

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Seeing the Train as a 'Mobile Office'

Transport modes should be evaluated on their "productive time," not just travel time.

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14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities

Ideas about creating sustainable places where people actually want to live.

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The Fun Is Real But the Beach Is Not

Urban beaches offer the pleasures of the seaside without the cost of getting there.

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Writing the Rules for Smart Cities

There still isn’t a common language or science of cities for the 21st century, but that could change.

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Does Neighborhood Rebranding Work?

Three international case studies illustrate the challenges of re-naming a place.

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Is Detroit Becoming a Suburb?

A provocative op-ed in the Detroit News raises tough questions about Detroit's revival and other cities. 

Bad Idea of the Day: A Bench That Plays Any Music You Want

You can set your iPod to blast from a bench in Moscow. Ugh.

Watch an Entire Bridge Get Built In a 3-Year Time Lapse

Cue the Philip Glass for this entrancing footage of a Pennsylvania bridge being born.

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London Mayor to Olympics Complainers: 'Put a Sock in It'

Boris Johnson hopes to quiet his naysayers.

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19 Metros That Will Hit 1 Million By 2042

A new report predicts that more than half of America will live in a metro area with a million people or more by 2042.

Recycling Cars Is Actually Kind of Bad-Ass

There's fun and profit in having giant shredding rotors tear the flesh off deceased vehicles.

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Olympics Attendees May Wear All the Non-Sponsor Apparel They Wish

Despite what the LOCOG chief said on the radio, Pepsi and Nike gear will not be banned at the London games.

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A Roof That Looks Like Water

The roof of the London Aquatic Center is an undulating wave of aluminum supported by Red Lauro timber and more than 3,000 tons of steel.

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The Park Bench Stretch

Turning this public park staple into a personal gym.

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The Hidden Factor in Bike Commuting: Showers

People are much more likely to ride to work if they have a place to clean up once they get there.

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Romania Walls In Its Roma

The town of Baia Mare has relocated its Roma population to decrepit Communist-era buildings, and walled in their new home.

The Geography of Gun Violence

On the state level, mental illness and stress levels don't play a role. Poverty and gun control policies do.