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Have Yourself a Merry City Christmas

A collection of holiday photos to remind us why we need our public spaces 

Reuters

Oddity of the Day: Nativity Scene Starring Hugo Chavez

A collection of some strange Christmas scenes from cities around the world

Feld72

11 New Buildings to Visit in 2012

You might have missed these new buildings, but they're definitely worth checking out in 2012

Landscape Absurdism: Las Vegas

The Nevada city's craziest urban designs, as seen from space

Woodhead Architects

9 Non-Ugly Bus Terminals

These stations make bus travel bearable

Stewart Mader

An Elevated View of the City

A photographer ventures up to the tops of New York City buildings to capture unique views

Fentress Architects

9 Beautiful New Airport Terminals

If great design cured air travel woes, these airports would be set

Turenscape

9 Beautiful Pedestrian Bridges Not Designed by Santiago Calatrava

Part art, part crosswalk, these wild walkways would look at home in a museum

Architizer

A City in the Sky

An urban space that floats in the clouds

Laura McPhee

The Multiple Personalities of New York's Gateway National Recreation Area

Photographer Laura McPhee captures the essence of one of the country's most-visited, and most imperiled, national parks

Waterfront Toronto

The Best New International Parks

Varying in form and scale, these green spaces from around the world stand out from the rest

Flickr user: stannate

America's Best New Parks

By mixing fresh design with a variety of uses, these spaces represent the future of city parks

Flickr user: marco_ask under a Creative Commons Licence

The Best and Worst of the World's Central Plazas and Squares

A pair of slideshows illuminating what makes a public gathering space work and what doesn't

Flickr user: "Arthur Chapman" under a Creative Commons License

North America's Most Welcoming Welcome Signs

Whether it's a fun slogan or an unusual design, these signs help their towns stand out

Flickr user: "raindog" under a Creative Commons License

Civic Symbolism: A Survey of City Hall Architecture

Which city hall buildings manage to capture something specific about a city's culture?

Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif. (Courtesy APA)

Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces for 2011

30 examples of great places in American cities from the American Planning Association

Flickr user gsgeorge, licensed under Creative Commons

Descendants of the High Line

Four urban elevated railroad parks in progress

Courtesy Waterfront Toronto

9 Cool Projects Under Freeway Overpasses

Innovative ways to reuse the empty space beneath overpasses