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David Longman

Countdown To the Last Steam Train

These beloved but antiquated locomotives are disappearing from western China.

If Grannies Did Graffiti, It Might Look Like This Yarn Tagging

A shadowy Madrid artist is methodically wrapping European cities in chaotic fabric webs.

Robert Rickhoff

Can You Spot What's Wrong With These Urban Scenes?

Robert Rickhoff's surrealistic city architecture blends "fun" with "fatalities."

Courtesy of Target

Is This What an Urban 'Big Box Store' Should Look Like?

Target's new Los Angeles space aims for urban chic. Do they miss the mark?

Courtesy: Skylights: Dumbo

See What NYC's Night Sky Would Look Like Without Light Pollution...in NYC

This public art piece gives viewers a glimpse of the city's complete star map.

Swim to Work in This Goofy New 'Commuter Pool'

A wild idea for converting an old canal in London.

Andrew Siu/Jeffrey Liu

Colorful, DIY Urban Neighborhoods ... for Birds

These makeshift shelters slap onto street poles with the help of magnets.

Jeroen Musch

Climb This Mountain of Books

Can this flashy library outside Rotterdam combat the town's 10 percent illiteracy rate?

Finland's Demographics, Translated Into High Cuisine

Immigration-rate lasagna, suicide soup and a "criminally stacked Russian salad": a look at the bizarre menu of Helsinki's Open Data Cooking Workshop.

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The World's Most Luxurious Subway Ride

This Parisian train - inspired by the Palace of Versailles - has reclining seats! And frescoes!

Daria Makarenko

Is This Wall Talking To Me?

Russian artist Daria Makarenko slips hidden messages into the cracks of the city.

What Does a City Lose When It Loses Faith in Its Favorite Hobby?

Hockey was once a way of life in this Kazakh city. But times have changed, deflating a once vibrant industry.

Lineposters

The Most Elegant Transit Maps Ever

The Brooklyn couple behind Lineposters discuss their creative process and inspiration.

The Architectural Legacy of Spain's Building Boom

In the first decade of the 21st century, Spain was defined by bold building. But the recession has brought the country's architectural ambitious to a halt.

Paolo Cirio

Bringing the 'Ghosts' of Google Street View To Life

An artist recreates the scenes captured by Google's cameras.

Florentijn Hofman

Plastic Bag Creation of the Day: The Slugs of Angers

Move over balloon animals. There's a new game in town.

Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.

A Skyscraper That Could Clean the Air

This proposed Chicago building doesn't look like much, but it could clean up the air around the city's expressway.

Kingyobu

Turn Your Old Phone Booths Into Aquariums

A Japanese artist fills an old phone booth with water and goldfish, to the delight of passers-by.