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A 'Photographic Census' Captures New York's Characters

Tips on street portraits from New York's resident photographer.

A National Mall People Actually Want To Visit

Right now, the National Mall resembles nothing so much as an empty high school football field. But it could be much, much better.

Reuters

China's New Super-High, Super-Long Suspension Bridge: Not Recommended for Vertigo Sufferers

In the realm of tall bridges, Aizhai takes first place as the world's longest.

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.