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Lucie & Simon

Cities Are Surprisingly Menacing When You Remove All the People

French photographers Lucie & Simon have cleansed major cities of their troublesome humanity, creating empty, dread-filled urban landscapes.

Make the Most of Your Apartment Radiator

A ceramic tray designed to fit your radiator.

Florian Rivière

A Crosswalk You Can Roll Up and Carry Away

Urban hacker Florian Rivière makes the streets of France his playground with movable crosswalks, pigeon traps and a shopping-cart soccer field.

Wikimedia Commons

Is the Retro Ballpark Movement Officially Over?

20 years since Camden Yards opened in Baltimore, a look back on the stadium design that's emerged since.

The Secret Geometric Treasures Hidden Around Los Angeles

Designer Paige Smith fills the city's drainage holes with glittering geological matter.

Courtesy: Remko Tanis/Flickr

Why This Huge Chinese Mall Is Empty

Twice the size of the Mall of America, it has an Arc de Triomphe and a 1.3-mile canal with gondolas. But no one wants to come.

Designhype

Fashion Accessory of the Day: Subway Map Cuff Bracelets

A sleek, sartorial way to show your love for public transportation.

Courtesy: Kathryn Clark

How Quilting Can Explain the Foreclosure Crisis

Artists like Kathryn Clark are using their work to explore the impacts of America's financial meltdown.

Studio505

Portfolio of the Week: Melbourne's Studio505

An Australian-based architect with a China-heavy portfolio talks about the differences in building trends between the two countries.

Andrew Evans

The Ghosts of Philadelphia's Demolished Past

A photographer layers history over buildings that no longer remain.

Designing a City for the Deaf

A university in Washington, D.C., is developing a model for how urban spaces can better serve the deaf or hard of hearing.

Chris Mottalini

Paul Rudolph and the Challenge of Preserving Modern Architecture

A photographer sets out to capture as many of the architect's remaining buildings as he can, before they're gone.

Invisible Urbanite

An artist camouflages himself to look just like what's around him.

Pim Top

The Ultra-Classy Street Furniture of Rotterdam

A Dutch artist created illegal but highly luxurious street signs, a leather-padded bench and a walnut garbage can.

Flickr/leander.canaris

Skyscrapers of the Mad Men Era

Mysterious, simple, intimidating. These buildings define the 1960s just as much as a certain show.

Peel Engineering

The Glorious Return of the World's Smallest Street-Legal Car

How would you like to own a car so compact that you could pick it up and carry it into your apartment at night?

Google Maps

Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green

Decades since Bethlehem Steel shut down, the site sees small bits of new life.

MyModernMet

The Cathedral as a Minimalist Bookstore

The new store will preserve many of the 13th century church's most striking features.

Courtesy: James Corner Field Operations

Two Big Public Space Makeovers for Chicago

A 2.65-mile elevated park and a massive makeover for Navy Pier are both in the works.