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Looky Loos

In Tokyo, a world-renowned architect conjured up an elegant solution to a not-so-elegant urban problem: public toilets. Sacramento needs to take the plunge on his very creative idea to build restrooms with, yes, see-through walls.

Floating Our Boats

The Idea On July 18, as part of a summer festival, a Paris-based movie theater chain hosted an inspired one-night-only event called Le Cinéma sur l’Eau (Cinema on the Water) on a placid canal near the Seine river, where 150…

Pods Save America

The Idea When COVID-19 launched its global rampage, restaurants everywhere shuttered their doors and waited to reopen. But some got creative and began planning for a new kind of dining experience once the world began to open back up again.…

The Lights Fantastic

Look down when you walk around town and you might spot some beautiful relics beneath your feet. Behold the magic of “vault lights” and how some cities are bringing them back to life.

Foot Traffic

The Idea As the world approaches a tipping point on climate change, the impact of fossil fuels on the environment is no longer just a global issue, it’s a local one. That’s why a movement that started in Europe in…

High-Voltage Art

The Idea Drive around town and you’ll see hundreds of steel lattice structures, most of them far taller than the buildings that surround us. They’re called transmission towers and they hold the electrical lines that power our city. As infrastructure,…

An Open Invitation

The Idea If we hadn’t seen it ourselves, we probably wouldn’t have believed it. In May, while visiting Minneapolis, we witnessed thousands of people excitedly lining up to explore… buildings. It was the inaugural Doors Open Minneapolis—a free weekend-long celebration…

Track Stars

The Idea In 2016, Montreal began introducing hundreds of new railcars to its metro line—which meant that hundreds of decades-old cars would need to be “retired.” So the city’s transit authority put out a call to the public for creative…

Museum by Design

The Idea Sacramento has produced some of the country’s greatest creative minds, from painter Wayne Thiebaud to author Joan Didion. And in the world of design, Ray Eames tops that list, along with her husband and collaborator, Charles. But before…

A Current Event

The Idea In 2015, Rotterdam-based artist Daan Roosegaarde created a “virtual flood” over 4 acres in his hometown to raise awareness about climate change. Using LED lights and special lenses, he simulated slowly rolling blue waves at the height that…

Let's Get Vertical

The Idea Rock climbing walls have been around for a long time, but in 2006, Dutch climbers Gert van der Veen and Alco Pols took the concept to a higher level. The pair, who had opened an indoor climbing center…

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