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The City and the Graphic Designer: An Interview With Olimpia Zagnoli

A unique approach to developing iconography for 150 different cities

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The Dumbest Local Politics Scandals of 2011

Forget Congress. For real stupidity in government, look closer to home.

Ruth Samuelson

Hopeful Footsteps in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico

Cutting of the neighborhood's main streets to vehicular traffic has helped reduce crime

Courtesy: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Number of the Day: 50,000

The size, in square feet, of the new art museum in northwest Arkansas

Reuters

Postcard From Liverpool

A pixelated bust doubles as a comment on the Catholic sex abuse scandal and other news

Charles Wolfe

An Urbanist's 2012 Calendar

Perspectives from the year that was and a frame for the year ahead

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The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list

Foster and Partners

Slick Plans for a High-Speed Train Station in Spain

The London-based firm Foster + Partners has received the commission for a high-speed train station in Galicia called Ourense AVE Station

Bixi

Bike-Sharing for the Unbanked

D.C. tries to find a way to include residents who don't have credit cards

Una Arquitetos

12 Eye-Catching Storefronts

A dozen facades that are sure to attract curious shoppers

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An Architect's Christmas: The Fallingwater App and Gingerbread Model

Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic house goes digital

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Postcard From Hampden

Holiday scenes from Baltimore's zany blue collar neighborhood

Oh Choong Young

The Best City Time Lapse Videos of 2011

From New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona to Seoul and beyond

Reuters

$6 Billion for Southern California's $40 Billion Need

Two cost estimates of needed pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure differ wildly

Metrolinx

The Delusion and Deception in Megaproject Cost Estimates

Toronto's planned Crosstown light rail project looks to mitigate colossal budget overruns

Hergé/Moulinsart

Interpreting the World Through the Lens of Tintin

A researcher travels to the sites of Tintin comic adventures to explore their connections and misperceptions

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The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable

Los Angeles, Then and Now (1894-2011)

A look back at how far downtown L.A. has come since the turn of the 20th century

Charles Wolfe

A Tall Building Bible

Author Kate Ascher offers a remarkably plain-language reexamination of modern skyscrapers