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London's 'Make-Do-and-Mend' Transit Revolution

The city is redrawing its transit map without an expensive overhaul. Instead, it stitched together old, underexploited track.

China's Emerging Architectural Style

The country's building boom has given rise to a look that's fresh but also uniquely Chinese.

6 Ideas Every City Should Steal From Barcelona

Lessons from one of the world models for vibrant urban living.

Behold, the Single Family Tower

A home the grows upward, not out.

How Bruges Transformed a Vacant Soda Factory Into Town Hall

A spiffy refurbishment from Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

A Jungle Gym for City Sidewalks

A knotty lattice of colorful play-tubes is an intriguing use of a public space.

Why Didn't This 1930s Cow-Catcher For Pedestrians Ever Catch On?

This is what passed for road safety 80 years ago.

An Artist Transforms Old Milk Cartons Into Fluffy Clouds

A new exhibit on New York's Governors Island turns trash into funky plastic sculptures.

Incredible Sculptures Made From Bike Parts

It's astonishing to see what somebody can conjure from the leavings on a fix-it shop's floor.

Micro-Apartments So Nice You'll Wish Your Place Was This Small

Developer Patrick Kennedy believes tiny dwellings will "get huge" in cities across the country.

Zaha Hadid Designs an Alien Mothership for Tokyo

The famed architect's vision for Tokyo's New National Stadium is gorgeous and a little intimidating.

This Net-Zero Cottage Takes Tiny Houses to a Whole New Level

With its shiny recycled-metal rain screen and jauntily angled rooftop solar array, the 712-square-foot cottage is charming and sustainable.

How to Balance People and Nature on the Galapagos

There are some significant but realistic planning ideas making the rounds, with acute sensitivity to the islands’ special culture.

The Architectural Spectacle That Is Munich's Metro

Photographer Nick Frank discusses his sharp, colorful, deserted shots of the stylish system.

Newly Un-Flooded New York Subway Still Looking Pretty Horrible

Pumping out the tunnels under New York has revealed a gnarly landscape of storm damage.

Beautiful Chaos at Kolkata's Durga Puja

Think of it as the world’s largest, most popular public art fair.

Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.

The Surprisingly Versatile Design of the Voting Booth

Images of the election booth, the world over.

Nerd Alert: Proposed Los Angeles Pavilion Is Batman-Flavored

The ominous, obsidian graduation pavilion is named the "League of Shadows."