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When the Original World Trade Center Was New

Forty years ago, the EPA's Documerica project captured the first weeks of life in Lower Manhattan after the Twin Towers debuted. 

Photographing Tokyo's Coolest Escalators

Miha Tamura captures the extraordinary side of this everyday ride.

How the Highway Killed Washington's Waterfront

And how the city plans to bring it back to life.

Luminous Shots of Grain Elevators Like You've Never Seen Them Before

A Buffalo light show aims to turn the city's symbols of decline into a flashy tourist draw.

The Dali-esque Anomalies Hidden in Google Earth

Because of a glitch in the way that Google "builds" infrastructure of Earth, a number of highways look like they are melting and twisting.

When the World's Best Photographers Tackle Their Surroundings

Landscape-inspired highlights from last weekend's Paris Photo Los Angeles art fair.

Marvel at the Atlanta Falcons' Ridiculously Over the Top New Stadium Proposal

Exhibit A: Seats that tremor with every bone-jarring, concussion-inducing hit the players experience in real life.

Here's What New York City Would Look Like in North Korea

An artist imagines the city with propaganda posters and limited lighting.

How Historic Architecture Can Anchor Economic Development

The case for turning historic districts into thriving, walkable downtowns.

The Man Who Turns Toronto's Sewers Into Art

Michael Cook documents city pipes to raise awareness of water infrastructure problems.

The Payphone of the Future Is Calling

Ideas for radical reinventions that would make the obsolete technology useful again.

The Case for Low-Rise Density

It sprung up 40 years ago as a more livable alternative to high-rise public housing. Are there lessons we can adapt today?

BIG's Newest Park Is Modelled After ... a City

The gigantic French green space is being billed as a "metropolis of retail, culture, and leisure."

In Praise of the Stockholm Subway's Breathtaking Art

Think of it as the world's largest public art exhibit.

Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.

Watch a Bread City Slowly Decompose Over 6 Months

A photographer built a city from bread and let it mold for half a year. These are the apocalyptic results.

Can You Tell the Difference Between These Pictures of New York and Mumbai?

One photographer's quest to capture the similarities between the two cities.

El Paso Ushers in Its Downtown Renewal With a 'Demolition Weekend'

The Texas city gets started on a broad downtown improvement plan in dramatic fashion.

Here's What It Would Look Like If Paris's Houses Could Fly

An artist reimagines the city's homes against the sky.