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DUS Architects

When a Bubble Becomes a Building

At a new festival in Rotterdam, the world's most fragile and temporary pavilion. 

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Plastic Straw Bans Are the New Plastic Bag Bans

Environmentalists have kicked off a campaign called "Straw Wars" to rid London's Soho district of drinking straws.

How Detroit Is Rising

You've heard the story of the city's downfall. This is the story of its comeback.

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Havana's International Art Draw

Cuba's capital celebrates its 11th art biennial. 

Transportation for America

Why Seniors, Children, and the Poor Are at Greater Risk of Traffic Deaths

Low-income neighborhoods often lack even the most basic pedestrian infrastructure.

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Just How Bad Is Noise Pollution for Our Health?

At best, noise is distracting. But the distraction can have significant consequences.

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Did Parking Meters Just Get Too Smart?

The end of free time in Santa Monica.

Re*Public

Virtual Murals for Real-Life Buildings

The new frontier of augmented reality apps comes to urban art.

David Schalliol

The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

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Small Business of the Day: Dallas's 'Anger Room'

Sign a waiver and pay a small fee, and you can destroy all sorts of furniture, electronics, even mannequins.

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The World's Tallest LEGO Skyscraper, For Now

Seoul is the most recent city to claim the record, broken 30 times in 24 years.

Centre Technique du Papier

This Armored Wallpaper Can Stop People from Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Researchers in Grenoble, France, have developed a wallpaper that blocks wireless internet signals from leaking out of your home.

Carmichael Collective

Why Does This Bench Need an Instruction Sign?

Has the city's public-works department gone rogue?

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Eyeing Industrial Excess for Home Heating in the U.K.

Researchers identify a method to reuse heat from steel factories to warm homes.

Railroad Park

For Landlocked Revitalization, Railyards in Lieu of Waterfronts

How train tracks helped deliver new life to Birmingham, Alabama.

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A Celebration of Steampunk

A festival transforms Waltham, Massachusetts, into a place worthy of Jules Verne's admiration.

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In D.C., Baseball-Oriented Development Seems, at Last, to Be Working

How Nationals Park, to the surprise of its neighbors, is leading to a better community.

Walk Score

Walk Score Launches Bike Score

How bikeable is your city?

Courtesy: Regina Mamou

How Do You Navigate a City With No Street Names?

A photographer documents the way residents of Amman, Jordan, get around.