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SEE IT: New Yorkers hold mock vigil at Bowling Green for 'massacre' victims as Kellyanne Conway ripped for bogus claim

New Yorkers can be a sentimental — and satirical — bunch.<p>That's why it was no surprise that an impromptu vigil was held Friday honoring the Bowling …

Kellyanne Conway

These stunning photos of summer lightning strikes will take your breath away

In the northern hemisphere, most lightning occurs in the summer months. It's also the time of year when the most deaths by lightning occur.<p>Here are some of the most epic images of lightning strikes that photographers have captured over the last few years.


I Tried Living In This Tiny House On A Vacant Lot In Amsterdam

The Heijmans One might be the solution to housing crunches in cities. As long as you don’t mind a little crunched housing.<p>The first thing you notice about the Heijmans One house is how skinny it is. At 3.5 meters across, it’s only a little wider than a parking space–and exactly as wide as the back …

Friday Fun: Three Museums That Engage Visitors to Think about the Future of Cities

Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Tomorrow explores human history, the future of cities and the changes in consumption that are needed to ensure a …

China taming 'bizarre architecture' after years of envelope-pushing design

When Tribune photographer John J. Kim and I ventured to China in 2013 to eyeball the work of Chicago architects there, we discovered a paradox: Each Chinese city had at least one attention-getting skyscraper that screamed "look at me!" Yet it invariably was surrounded by monotonous high-rise …


These 7 American Cities Will Compete for $40 Million to Create Transportation Utopias

The US government is offering seven cities a remarkable challenge: reinvent urban transportation for the 21st century, with a particular focus on …

Smart Cities

How Activist Jane Jacobs Changed the Way the World Thinks About Cities

The story of how a woman derided by critics as "crazy dame" became the most important urban thinker of the 20th century.<p>Last weekend in the Berkshires, 150 miles outside of New York City, a small group gathered to preview <i>A Marvelous Order</i>, an opera based on Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, two …