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Robert Banat/Tom Fruin

In New York, a 50-Foot-Tall Sign Made From Other, Salvaged Signs

Artist Tom Fruin, who works with materials like crushed beer cans and drug bags, created this recycled wonder for a new hotel in Williamsburg.

Aedifica Architects

2012's Most Interesting Buildings So Far

Under-the-radar but exciting new buildings.

Sue Anne Tay

The Elegant History of Shanghai's Rundown Communal Villas

Over the last century, old English villas became de facto apartment buildings, with pasts full of secrets and stories.

Ben Kelly Design

The Warehouse That Made It Cool to Be a Warehouse

How an old building's conversion into a nightclub changed Manchester.

See Frank Gehry's Newest Apartment Building

The twirly 12-story building is his first in Asia.

Wooster Collective

Probably Offensive Street Art of the Day: Fatties, Step to the Right

A direct, if rude, way to attack America's obesity epidemic.

C.E. Fudge

The U.K.'s Most Depressing Shopping Centers, When They Were New

An unpolished look back at post-war urban renewal in Great Britain.

Flickr/rkirchne

Subway Platforms From Around the World

As iconic as anything above ground, these subway platforms leave riders with an added sense of the city they serve.

Reuters

World Leaders Posing with Model Cities

Presidents and prime ministers love to point at tiny models of cities.

An Ice Cream Truck for Architecture Dorks

The Coolhaus truck serves up scoops with a modernist twist.

Luz Interruptus

Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.

Courtesy: Steve Faletti

Creating Luminous Lights From Ordinary Household Objects

An artist turns radiators, water spouts and stuffed animals into lamps.

Shutterstock

A Brief History of the Parking Meter

How a newspaperman in Oklahoma City revolutionized downtown parking.

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.