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How to Protect an Urban River From Pollution

A million people live in the Raritan River watershed, so any environmental action requires an impressive level of regional cooperation.

Grotesquely Polluted Landscapes ... or Beautiful Art?

Photographer David Maisel has a knack for capturing the beauty and the horror of contaminated mines and toxic lakes.

The Fascinating Design Challenges of Building Cities Out of Chewing Gum

Gum architecture doesn't stand the test of time, but that's what Jérémy Laffon likes about it.

An Awful Person Destroyed Golden Gate Park's 'Fairy Door'

San Francisco just got a little less whimsical.

2013 Opening Day: Baseball Begins

Fans descend on ballparks around the country as Major League Baseball gets underway.

The Surprising Way Architects Are Using 3D Printers

They let architects dream up all sorts of fantastic structures that would be either too difficult or too expensive to make with conventional methods.

What Should Become of the Astrodome?

Officials are grappling with this choice: spend tens of millions to demolish the stadium, or hundreds of millions to save it.

Can You Spot the Trash Hidden Among These Roman Ruins?

Leonid Tsvetkov's strange, fascinating art project.

The Strange Beauty of Airports Photographed From Above

Jeffrey Milstein has turned a lifelong fascination with airplanes into a gorgeous portrait series of jet hubs.

A Photographer Sees Tiny Planets in San Francisco's Rusty Fire Hydrants

Finding worlds in aging infrastructure.

Turning a Persian Rug Into a City

Babak Golkar makes architectural designs out of carpet patterns.

Shanghai's Spectacular Growth, in One Photo

You don't need satellite imagery to see how much the city has changed.

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

A Biker Chronicles His Trip From London to Hong Kong Via Instagram

Rob Lutter has spent the last 19 months biking across Europe into Asia.

Can Floating Architecture Save This Nigerian Slum?

Architects NLE are putting the finishing touches on a three-story, 2,300-square-foot floating school for 100 students in Lagos.

A Lens on the Pickup Carpoolers of Monterrey

Photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures intimate scenes of informal commuting.

Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo

China World Trade Center Tower III is more than 1,000 feet tall and can't be seen today in Beijing.

9 Lessons From Iceland for Building Better Places

Colorful buildings, monuments that blend, and exciting waterfronts.

Apartments So Small They Can Only Be Photographed From Above

In crazy dense Hong Kong, 100,000 of the city’s laborers live in sub-divided apartment units averaging 40 square feet.