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This Dresden Drainpipe Will Rock Your World

This byzantine downspout would be a deathtrap for Mario and Luigi.

Chicago Loop Alliance

See Chicago Coated in Neon Blues and Greens

The city's largest public art project opened this week.

University of Pittsburgh

What Pittsburgh Looked Like When It Decided It Had a Pollution Problem

Photographs from the 1940s of the Steel City as it began to address its notoriously smoky air.

Courtesy: Albert Speer & Partners

Building a Sustainable Soccer City

Stadium designs for Qatar's 2022 World Cup will be self-cooling, carbon neutral, and temporary.

Courtesy: DOM Publishers

The Hidden Architecture of Pyongyang

A new book explores the politics behind the city's buildings.

be3design

Would You Live In This Loft In the Clouds?

Polish architects have designed a swanky apartment building perched on the chimneys of an old factory.

Flickr/warrenski

The Growing Popularity of Bus Rapid Transit

When designed the right way, a BRT line can be a smart alternative to more expensive modes of public transit.

Nate Berg

The City as Lifesize Monopoly Board

An artist in Chicago takes the game to the streets.

Courtesy: Scouting NY

America's Most Elegant McDonald's

A fast food restaurant in a century-old Georgian mansion.

Julie Roth

What's the Difference Between a Parking Lot and a Playground?

Not much, according to one urban hactivist, as long as you've got some white tape and shopping carts.

REUTERS

When a City Becomes a Race Track

Photos of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race that turned the city's streets into a driver's playground.

Prison Map

The Stunning Geography of Incarceration

America has more than 5,000 prisons. This is what they look like on our landscape.

Courtesy of Branner Library, Stanford University

Mapping 'Urbicide' in World War II

Wartime cartography shows how U.S. bombing of Japan shifted from military targets to cities in general.

Flick/Dave Hogg

The End of the Domed Stadium

Once seen as a civic gem, demand for a permanently enclosed stadium has dwindled.

Courtesy: Chip Kidd

Gotham City, Under Construction

Batman: Death By Design, explores the link between Batman and architecture.

Patrick Cummins

A Timeline of Storefronts

A Toronto photographer tracked the same addresses over four decades to tell his city's changing story.

M1/DTW

Portfolio of the Week: Detroit's M1/DTW

An interview with architect Christian Unverzagt of M1/DTW, who uses Detroit's history and resources to create better designs.

David B. Smith Gallery

Out of Old Typeface, a City Is Born

Amazing pictures of an artist's handcrafted city.

Reuters

Scenes From the World's Tallest Tower

The Skytree debuts in Tokyo.