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Cities Where Density Benefits Transportation Efficiency

Brandon Donnelly shares a chart based on data from a report by Peter Newman and Jeffrey Kenworthy "way back" in 1989. The chart plots the …

The Simple Idea That Could Make America’s Poorest Neighborhoods Healthier

In the late 1960s, the South Bronx area of Bronx, New York entered a period of urban decay caused by a combination of white flight, landlord …

How top Canadian architects designed a Pan Am district from scratch

Take a crowd of Canada's top architects, put them in a room and ask them to design a dense city neighbourhood – working with a 1,000-page book of rules and requirements. This was how the Canary District in Toronto, which will be the athletes' village for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer, was …

Urban Design

How to fix our clogged cities’ woes

The Coalition government has ministers directly charged with managing regional development, and even the arts and sport. But nobody in the ministry — …

Design for World’s Largest Man-Made Mountain Towers Over Berlin

German architect Jakob Tigges has unveiled a plan for a 1,000m tall faux mountain at the site of the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin, and his …

Architecture

A Chinese woman has been sued for counterfeiting $6.9 million worth of 8 luxury brands

A 45-year-old Chinese woman, Xu Ting, lives in a brown shingle house with a weedy driveway. She has been sued for counterfeiting by eight luxury brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton, and owes Chanel Inc. $6.9 million in damages. None of this has stopped her from becoming a legal permanent …

Corruption

Helicopter viewings, 'lifestyle films': Outlandish luxury real estate marketing may now be the norm

Rayni and Branden Williams spent months lining up a director, cast and crew for their "lifestyle film."<p>The plot line: A husband takes off for a business trip in his Corvette, leaving his wife to invite friends to hang out in their wine room, gym, massage space, movie theater and infinity-edge pool …

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Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

Travel

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Interesting Photo of the Day: Otherworldly Dubai Skyline Shrouded in Fog

Fog has the ability to create a mysterious, otherworldly effect in photography when captured at just the right moment. In this remarkable photo …

Skyscrapers

Italy family holiday: narrowing the generation gap in Puglia

Not so long ago family holidays had a natural lifespan. The cheerful, sandy, communal breaks would stretch out over 15, perhaps 18 happy years, then gradually peter out as children found their independence and left home. Parents felt a bit wobbly at first, then began to enjoy the brief window of …

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6

Out with the camels, in with the über-G.<p>In the Middle East, only tourists ride on camels. Nowadays, oil-rich Arabian natives are more focused on jets and cars. Or, more accurately, Gulfstreams and huge SUVs. The garages of cashed-up kingpins house entire car collections, especially in the absurdly …

United Arab Emirates