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The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.<p>On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Green Bay Packers in the first regular NFL game of the season.<p>One way of looking at that: The 46 players wearing Seattle …

Mapping The Changing Face Of The Lone Star State

There will soon be a new governor-elect in Texas, giving us an important data point about the status of political favor in the Lone Star State. And …

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Portraits of Children Around the World and Where They Sleep

<b>Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil</b><p>Where Children Sleep is an eye-opening project by photographer James Mollison that takes a look at children from all across the globe and the diverse environments they go to sleep in. The series presents a portrait of each child or adolescent accompanied by a shot of …

Ivory Coast

Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps …

This Is The Very First Electoral Map Dividing The U.S. Into Red States And Blue States

A map of the results of the 1880 presidential election revolutionized the way we visualize the spatial aspect of politics.<p>When designers go about visualizing the distribution of political power in the United States, many opt to use a well-worn visual shorthand: red for Republican states and blue …

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Fertile Opportunity Awaits For Food Waste Processors

Globally speaking, the statistics on food waste are sobering, but in the United States they are downright shocking: the U.S. Department of Agriculture figures up to one-third of the available supply goes to waste.<p>Set aside, for a moment, the frightening ramifications this has in the face of world …

New Twitter Study Discovers “Global Superdialects”

Do you say sneakers, gym shoes, or trainers? Soda, pop, or fizzy drink? Your choice has a lot to do with where you’re from. Certain terms vary by …

Urban Rush

How Much Do You Pay for Rent?

Rent prices are all over the map (no pun intended). Some areas are more affordable than others, but in general, rent prices are rising across the …

Who, What, Why: Who are the Yazidis?

<b>Among the many victims of the advance of The Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East are a group of up to 50,000 Yazidis, who are trapped in the mountains in northwest Iraq without food or water. Author Diana Darke explains who these mysterious religious adherents are.</b><p>Suddenly thrust into the …

Islam

A 1639 Map Shows California as an Island

In the early days of mapmaking, plotting out the world was no easy task. It's not surprising that cartographers got some things wrong (it's probably …

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another

Everyone knows Americans don't agree on pronunciations.<p>That's great, because regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting.<p>Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, published a group of awesome visualizations of professor Bert …

Language

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Water

Chinese Peaches Dressed With Lingerie Look Like Sexy Butts

Some fruit vendors in China have gone above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to sell their fruit by dressing their peaches in miniature …

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is<p>Violent upheaval in the Middle East has recently spawned all manner of maps purporting to explain how the region got this way. Here, instead, are 15 maps that don’t claim as much. Or rather, they do not seek, like many other maps, to …

Hamburg's Plan to Eliminate Cars in 20 Years

About 40% of the area of Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, is made up of green areas, cemeteries, sports facilities, gardens, parks and …

These Crumbling Industrial Silos Hide Beautiful New Spaces

The oldest beer factory in Guangzhou, China, dates back to the 1960s—a hulking concrete building on the edge of the Pearl River, with 12 silos rising …

If These Proposed Skyscrapers Are Ever Built, Cities Will Be Insane

The super-skyscraper has been a dream of city planners for over a century. And these plans for mega-structures, if they ever come to fruition, would …

Skyscrapers

Is There a 'Perfect' Density for Cities?

In a compelling opinion piece on the Guardian, Lloyd Alter argues that our current obsession with increasing the density of our cities - mostly by …

Skyscrapers

Have We Reached the "End of Architecture"?

This year's Venice Biennale, curated by OMA's Rem Koolhaas, is "interested in the banal". In an article in the <i>Financial Times'</i>, Edwin Heathcote …

Architecture

Urban Skyfarm - A Living Skyscraper that Will Grow It's Own Food and Clean Air Water for Inhabitants

Advertisement<p>Aprilli Design Studio speculates that the world’s population will increase by 3 billion by the year 2050 and this means that the current …

New California law aims to cultivate urban agriculture

A new law promoting community gardens and small farms lets municipalities lower property taxes on plots of 3 acres or less if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least 5 years.<p>October 02, 2013|By Lee Romney<p>Caitlyn Galloway, who runs a small-scale commercial farm in a residential… (Lee …

China's "New Urbanization" Needs to Be Inclusive and Sustainable

<i>Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, The World Bank Group</i><p>These remarks are excerpted from a speech to the International Conference on Urban China in Beijing on March 25, 2014<p>BEIJING -- 2011 was the year when, for the first time in history more than 50 percent of the …

The Developing World's Urban Population Could Triple by 2210

Can we possibly prepare?<p>It took 10,000 years – a hundred centuries – for the world’s urban population to swell to three and a half billion people, its current level. As scores of headlines have noted, this means that half the world’s population currently lives in urban areas. How much longer will …