Rich Door, Poor Door: Segregated Entrances Spark Controversy

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development has come under attack by critics for approving  building plans in NYC that include separate entrances for affordable-housing tenants and luxury-condo owners. The debate raises other questions about the urban poor and the mixing of classes in this city and beyond.

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5,000 Residents Being Evicted from World’s Tallest Vertical Slum

A forced relocation is underway as thousands of squatters are moved by authorities out of their homes and the city of Caracas, some of whom have called the ...

Rotating Rooms: Push a Button, Change Your House Layout

Maybe in the summer, you’d prefer cooler, shadier lodgings, and in the winter, you wish you could extend your living space out into the sun. The lucky ...

Drones for Life: 13 Fun & Positive Flying Robot Functions

Instead of raining death and destruction, these 13 drones deliver defibrillators and piping hot pizza, save drowning victims, mix the perfect cocktails, clean ...

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Crash Course: 24 Elements of Design Animated in 48 Seconds

Arguing that design is more art than science, this stunning short video provides a rapid-fire visual tour of principles all aspiring designers should keep in ...

Just Add Monsters: Chris McMahon’s Modified Thrift Store Art

Artist Chris McMahon looks at cheap thrift store landscape paintings and sees something missing... then he paints in the hidden monsters for all to enjoy.

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Photocatalytic Concrete: Air-Cleaning Building Absorbs Smog

Featuring 100,000 square feet of smog-filtering surface area, this structural facade will break down harmful oxides in sunlight to improve air quality all ...

Illusions in Iran: Surreal 3D Murals Transform Urban Tehran

The blank concrete facades of urban Tehran offer an irresistible canvas for playful large-scale murals that seem to bend reality in unexpected ways. A city of ...

Bench to Bedroom: Urban Furniture Turned Homeless Shelters

Whereas London and Montreal have installed spikes on the sidewalks to keep homeless people from getting too comfortable, Vancouver offers a kind welcome with ...

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Dense City: Photos Show Tightly-Packed Hong Kong Towers

Twice as dense as New York, and four times as crowded as London, Hong Kong is a fascinating mix of natural landscape edged by incredibly dense human ...