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The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).

LinkNYC

New York City's Wi-Fi Kiosks Now Include a 'Yelp for Social Services'

The move targets New Yorkers who stand to benefit most from the LinkNYC network in the first place.

Will Geary

Groove Out to 24 Hours of New York Transit With the 'Multimodal Symphony'

A chaotic animation portrays a full day of New York traffic, from buses to taxis to ferries to Amtrak.

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Let's Watch Spanish Pop Singers Serenade Everyone at Expo '70

“Osaka Show” shows off the surprisingly progressive (and fun) side of state television under Francisco Franco.

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Reimagining Retail Carts for Street Vendors

Radlab’s bright and compact new Modular Urban Vending carts in Boston put a new face on street vending.

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Can Prague Reclaim Its Most Famous Public Space?

Locals avoid Wenceslas Square whenever possible. But there’s a plan to change that.

Austin Transportation Department

Austin's Traffic-Safety Signs Are Indeed Weird

“ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD / PLEASE DRIVE WILLIE SLOW.”

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An Amazing Digital Archive of Amsterdam's Past

Historical videos inspired by “Game of Thrones,” photos of long-lost neighborhoods, and maps of the best old buildings still standing today. What more could you ask for?

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To Build a Great Public Space, You Need More Than Good Design

In low-income neighborhoods, even the best-designed parks and community centers go to waste if no one uses them. The nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative is taking that challenge head-on.

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Portland Wants to Make Bike Share Work for Disabled Riders

The city is becoming one of a handful to shed the notion that people with disabilities don’t want to ride.

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Keep Metro Bleak!

The raw concrete vaults of Washington, D.C.’s subway system are landmarks of Brutalist design. That hasn’t stopped transit officials from messing with them.  

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Altimeter Films

Seeing the Light With Jean Nouvel

A short documentary on the 2008 Pritzker Prize winner doesn’t show his eccentric creative process—just the fruits of it.

Friends of the Mighty-O Parklet

Is This America's Most Adorable Parklet?

A Seattle donut shop turned a real 1940s sailboat into public space.

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Berlin Preserves Its Trippy 1980s Subway Stations

They’re cheerful, witty, and a little bizarre.

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In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

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Kushner Companies/Zaha Hadid Architects

666 Fifth Avenue Is the Perfect Symbol for the Trump Era

From its shady financing to its spectacular design, Zaha Hadid's 666 Fifth Avenue captures the Trumpian moment.

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Remember: Public-Private Partnerships Aren't Free

Roads, bridges, and trains jump-started by investor dollars always come looking for public ones, eventually.

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The Weird Geography of Population Density

What if people were mapped like mountains?