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Ryann Ford

A Disappearing American Original: The Roadside Rest Area

Photographer Ryann Ford has been traveling around the country documenting roadside rest areas before they're gone for good.

Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The Bizarre Fake Storefronts Northern Ireland Is Building for the G8

The country is spending 2 million pounds to hide its blight from world leaders.

Rice+Lipka Architects

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter

An open, airy floor at the New York Public Library offers kids spots to play Wii and Guitar Hero, along with books and homework help.

MTA/Patrick Cashin

The New York Subway Is Back to Full Service For the First Time Since Sandy

Seven months later, the A train is running to the Rockaways.

Colin Selig

Sustainable, Stylish Furniture Made From Cut-Up Propane Tanks

Using a plasma cutter, Colin Selig makes couches that would make Hank Hill jump with joy.

Koichi Shimano

Gorgeous, Surreal Photos of Mount Fuji Show Why It Deserves UNESCO's Respect

Photographer Koichi Shimano portrays the godlike volcano in the grips of seriously profound and weird weather.

Stereotank

World's Tiniest Library Pops Up In New York City

The "inhabitable" library looks more like a weird robot or a doughnut on stilts.

Finding Playful New Uses for Boring Street Infrastructure

Designer Thor ter Kulve transforms garbage cans into communal fire places, lampposts into swings, and more.

Fred Gonzales/City of San Antonio

A Public Art Installation Bridges the Gap Created by an Overpass

A conversation with the Arizona-based duo behind San Antonio's "Ballroom Luminoso," among other projects.

NASA

New Satellite-Eye Views of the Deadly Oklahoma Tornado

Even from space, the storm that dropped the Moore tornado looks chilling.

He Shi/Connective Corridor

Imagining Syracuse Without Its Elevated Highway

Syracuse University students are tackling the issue at the same time as the state DOT.

Visiondivision

Miami's Newest Proposed Tourist Attraction: A Gigantic Fake Sun

The giant artificial orb would sit in the middle of the harbor and change color throughout the day to replicate solar effects.

Courtesy of Daniella Zalcman

Photographic 'Love Letters' to New York and London

Daniella Zalcman blends images of the two cities in a way that's both fantastical and haunting.

Steve Vorderman/Michigan State Historic Preservation Office

A Visual History of Michigan's Outsize Influence on American Modernism

The state that helped bring design to the masses reflects on its legacy with an upcoming symposium and exhibit.

Yoni Brook

Into the Water Tower, With Flair

For six weeks this spring, an illegal Manhattan cocktail lounge gave 700 strangers a night they'll never forget.

Michael Wolf

The Strange Beauty of Density Taken to the Extreme

Photos of Hong Kong high-rises that appear both claustrophobic and stunning.

Zaha Hadid Architects

The World's Most Luxurious Metro Station?

Here's what a subway station looks like in Saudi Arabia.

Héctor Mediavilla

Inside Mexico City's Chaotic Underground Rush Hour

A photographer captures the routine madness of Mexico's largest subway system.

Hypnotic Seaside Façades That Will Get You Excited for Summer

The hyper-repetition of pastel walls, closed windows, and not-so-private balconies make this series enchanting.