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Why Munich Went Ahead and Set Up 6 Official 'Urban Naked Zones'

The city has clarified its rules on nude sunbathing.

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Say Goodbye to the Costumed Performers at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

The city is finally enforcing its ban on fake "soldiers" and other colorful characters in its city center. And it's a shame.

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This Floating Orb Plays Freaky Sounds in Stairwells and Tunnels

Nightmare-inducing.

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A Futuristic Approach to Adding Solar Power to Public Space

In the form of a giant, glowing cube.

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A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design

Ukraine's Independence Square, and the revolutionary dimensions of public spaces.

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In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

A case study in urban renewal.

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Rolezinhos: The Flash Mobs Currently Freaking Out Brazilian Authorities

Low-income youth have been gathering in São Paulo shopping malls to chant lyrics from a music genre called funk da ostentaçã o.

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How Instagram Alters Your Memory

A cautionary note about constant digital photography.

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Is It Stealing if You Charge Your Electric Car in a Public Outlet?

One man was jailed for topping his car off at the local middle school.

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Serious Foursquare Users Interact With Public Space in a Totally Different Way

The technology can make it easier to approach strangers, and alter our sense of belonging.

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The Logic Behind Paying Severe Alcoholics in Beer

Instead of arresting public drunks, Amsterdam has tasked them with cleaning up a local park. Payment: €10, some rolling tobacco and 5 cans of beer.

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The Evolution of How We Build Airports

The shift from close-in spaces to far-flung outposts like Denver International reflects changes not only in travel, but in the culture.

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What Boston Can Teach Us About Linked City Parks

The city's "emerald necklace" is a 1,100-acre chain of green spaces connecting the Boston Common to five additional parks and an arboretum.

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Why the Tiananmen Square Crash Is So Unnerving

China's largest public urban space is more than just the site of the famous student protests. It's a symbol of the country—and the country's power.

This Adorable Performance Space Folds Up Like an Origami House

York, Alabama, created a cottage that can quickly expand for outdoor shows and concerts.

Celebrity Love Letters to Their Favorite Parks

A new book invites Bill Clinton, Zadie Smith and more to explain what draws them to their favorite urban green space.

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Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.

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Watch People Play a 'Living Piano,' Powered by Opera Singers

Step to make performers belt their notes—just not for too long. 

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Alexanderplatz Is Difficult to Love, But Berlin Wants to Save It Anyway

Newfound affection for the drab, East Berlin square.