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Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It?

Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.

Lichtfaktor

Video of the Day: Whole Zoo of Glowing Animals Gets Loose in Cologne

A team of "light painters" make jellyfish, birds and a whale appear in this dazzling video from Germany.

M1/DTW

Portfolio of the Week: Detroit's M1/DTW

An interview with architect Christian Unverzagt of M1/DTW, who uses Detroit's history and resources to create better designs.

Villasana, Plasencia, et al.

Recycling Old Furniture by Coating It With Black Goop

Designers in the Mexican city of León try to revive an ailing industry with furniture best described as "oil-slick chic."

WOODTV.com

Students Punished for Riding Bikes to School in Michigan

Kenowa Hills parents have reacted strongly against a high school principal's decision to suspend 64 seniors for holding a "bike parade."

Reuters

Election Day in Cairo

A city celebrates its first free election in 30 years.

David B. Smith Gallery

Out of Old Typeface, a City Is Born

Amazing pictures of an artist's handcrafted city.

Reuters

What Will New York City's Bike Share Program Mean for Rider Safety?

Bike lanes could keep accident rates low, even without helmets.

Reuters

Airports and the Wealth of Cities

Airports play a considerable role in economic development, and the most important cargo they move is people.

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The Best City Parks Systems in America

A new ParkScore metric from the Trust for Public Land names San Francisco and Sacramento the nation's best.

Reuters

The Fuzzy Future of London's Olympic Stadium

The city's search for a post-games stadium occupant has been disappointingly fruitless so far.

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Video of the Day: Birds-Eye London

A Mary Poppins-esque view of the city.

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How to Avoid the Worst Traffic Jams in the Most Congested U.S. Cities

Stay away from these roadways, especially on Friday evening.

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Useless and Defunct City Objects Should Be Called... 'Thomassons'

That's the word that Japanese artist Genpei Akasegawa has assigned to doors leading nowhere and driveways blocked by fences.

Reuters

Scenes From the World's Tallest Tower

The Skytree debuts in Tokyo.

Aaron Koblin

Visualizing a Full Day of Airplane Paths in the U.S.A.

Data wizard Aaron Koblin is intrigued by domestic flight patterns, and after watching this video you will be too.

NL Architects

Would You Use This Weird Bike Loop?

A new bike club in China makes creative use of its roof.

Reuters

Protesters to Chicago: Thank You Very Much

The NATO Summit wraps up, and Chicago returns to normal.

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Will Chinese Investors Build a Chinese Town in Rural Michigan?

Or perhaps the better question is, can they?