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John Locke

How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries

Artist John Locke is converting obsolete Manhattan phone booths into mini libraries. Now if only people would stop stealing his entire book collection.

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The World's Coolest Manhole Cover Designs

Even the most mundane pieces of infrastructure don't have to be boring.

Nishant Jethi

Using Kaleidoscopic Mirrors to Fight India's Littering Problem

The Cleanoscope, a public trashcan in Mumbai that looks like a kaleidoscope, is meant to make throwing away trash fun.

What We Can Learn From Urban Nostalgia

Artifacts from the past can teach us a lot about walkable, transit-oriented spaces.

Waterproofing New York City

A bold new design retrofits Manhattan, protecting it from climate change's rising sea levels.

Courtesy: Chuck Wolfe

Why So Many Romantic Comedies Are Set in Cities

Snapshots of cities most love-inducing qualities.

How to Memorialize the AIDS Crisis

A look at some ideas for a park in New York City.

Courtesy: Strip Appeal

Strip Malls Like You've Never Seen Before

The American landscape is littered with the decaying corpses of strip malls. Here are a few innovative ways we can turn them to our advantage.

City of Philadelphia

Is Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program Worthy of Hate?

The murals can't be that ugly. Or can they?

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How Mussolini Influenced Qaddafi's Vision for Tripoli

In Libya's capital, one dictator's ideas followed the next.

The World’s First Invisible Tower

A tower in Taiwan uses porous walls to allow views of the city to shine through.

Studio L’Image

The Surprisingly Complex Art of Urban Wayfinding

Why some signs help you get where you're going while others get you lost.

Paris Adorns an Iconic Building In Condoms

The Pompidou Centre tunnel-like staircase is decked out to raise awareness of AIDS.

English Russia

In Kazakhstan, A Beautiful, Futuristic New Subway System

Almaty's new system, 23 years in the making, is only Central Asia's second.

A View of Detroit As Captured Beneath a Photographer's Dangling Feet

Dennis Maitland shoots the city from its highest perches, all while conquering his fear of heights

Courtesy: Robert Hofer

A Swiss Village Becomes an Experiment in Modern Art

What happens when a town offers its public spaces to artists to do what they want

Courtesy: Cameron Booth

Translating the American Highway System Into a Subway Map

Graphic designer Cameron Booth gives a London Tube map treatment to America's roadways

Landscape Absurdism: An Urban Prairie in St. Louis

What happens to a neighborhood when demolition becomes the official urban policy

HubSOMA (Courtesy 5M)

Collaborative Workspaces: Not All They're Cracked Up to Be

It's high time for some backlash against open office designs