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Jonathan Burton

An Optical Illusion Commemorates Nelson Mandela

Is it thorny prison bars or the South African leader's profile? Depends on where you stand.

US National Park Service/ASLA

This Is What a City Guide Should Look Like

A new website offers tours and information on Washington's urbanism.

Campion & Co.

Rent This Boston Townhouse for Only $40,000 a Month

This restored property in Beacon Hill costs as much as renting an average house for a year.

Velepresso

Pedal Your Way to a Perfect Cup of Coffee

Velepresso grinds and heats your morning joe while you ride.

Patrick Baty

A Day in the Life of a Paint Detective

Meet the man who can figure out the birthplace of 200-year-old doors, just by looking at them.

10 Amazing 'Living' Green Roofs

Long popular in Europe, these designs are gaining a foothold in America and beyond.

Thomas Faivre-Duboz/Flickr

For a Weekend, Paris Lets the Masses Invade its Grandest Buildings

Over 300 sites, most of them off-limits the rest of the year, were open last weekend for the city's annual architectural open house.

Mark Cavagnero Associates

Designs for America's First Standalone Jazz Hall

Architects created a San Francisco performance space that feels more like a community room.

Vinsetta Garage

A Second Life for Detroit's Most Popular Garage

The Vinsetta is transformed into a restaurant.

Yumi Tsushima

A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers

A new "green island" on top of a mall comes with more than 80 kinds of plants and an air purification system.

Luzinterruptus

Impromptu Library Of the Day: A River of Luminous Books in Melbourne

Thousands of books flood Federation Square in "Literature vs. Traffic."

Isaac Cordal

Legions of Tiny Men Infiltrate Croatia

Is it a Leprechaun attack?

Ashley Wells

These Nifty Solar Panels Can Transmit Sunlight Underground to the Lowline

A team shows off its invention, which would make underground parks possible.

Ideas for Cramming 1 Million More People Into New York City

The city's population is expected to mushroom to 9.1 million by 2030. Here's a novel way to accommodate that growth.

Steven Siegel

Mementos of NYC's 'Missing Limb'

Long-time city photographer Steven Siegel recalls one of his favorite subjects, the World Trade Center.

Luc Schuiten

The 'Vegetal' Cities of Luc Schuiten: A Sustainability Fantasy

The visionary architect imagines metropolises built like vast orchards.

Julian Sarthou/Phaidon Press Ltd.

For the Love of Concrete

A new book aims to repair the reputation of the much-maligned composite.

Courtesy: RMJM

Skyscraper or Pair of Pants?

Beijing's $700 million Gate of the East has been attracting attention for its resemblance to a certain sartorial item.

Kevin Chu

What the Heck Is This Thing?

This concept building is being billed as a vertical farm. We'll be the judge of that.