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99 Marvelous Metropolises

The Urban Landscape Gets Attention from City Artists

— January 25, 2010 — Art & Design
People used to flock to cities out of necessity. It's where jobs, commerce, and life was. Then, there was the exodus from cities, and the rise of suburban life. But cities aren't done yet, and new urbanism (among other things) is bringing everyone back to town. These 99 marvelous metropolises show why. In a city, there's something to do and someone to talk to any time you want.

Implications - My favorites among these great metropolis finds include subway ticket portraits, which feature realistic renderings of subway passengers on ticket stubs, and the virtual scavenger hunt, which allows gamers to inhabit a virtual environment to locate a series of items and complete objectives.
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City Low-Down Sites
City Low-Down Sites
The 'This We Know' Website Compiles Random Data for Cities
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96
City Narcolepsy Shoots
City Narcolepsy Shoots
Adrian Storey's Sleepy Citizens in Public
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95
Customizable City Exhibits
Customizable City Exhibits
‘Reimagining Chinatown' Dives Into L.A. Urban Culture
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94
City Powering Canopies
City Powering Canopies
The Energy Roof Will Provide Power in Perugia, Italy
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93
Subway Ticket Portraits
Subway Ticket Portraits
Parisian Metro Artist Luc Grateau
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92
Citywide Eco Enforcement
Citywide Eco Enforcement
Mandatory Recycling & Compost in San Fran Makes the World Greener
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91
Odd City Campaigns
Odd City Campaigns
Three American Cities Promote Their Unique Weirdness
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90
Crowdsourced City Collages
Crowdsourced City Collages
Collective Flickr Photos Render 3D City View
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89
Mini Cityscapes
Mini Cityscapes
Miniature San Francisco Gets Recreated & Resized Using Recycled Materials
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88
City Wide TV Shows
City Wide TV Shows
24h-Berlin-Projekt Shows a Crazy in the Life of Germany's Capital
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87
City Map Kichenware
City Map Kichenware
Metrobowls are Based on Maps of Amsterdam and New York City
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86
Digital City Doubles
Digital City Doubles
'NearLondon' Replicates Oxford Street in Online Shopping Form
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85
Broadway Publicity Stunts
Broadway Publicity Stunts
Maybelline Teams with Chicago Cast to Promote Lipwear
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84
Rollercoaster Metro
Rollercoaster Metro
Carmelit Slanted Subway
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83
Retro For Metro
Retro For Metro
The 60s Look
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82
Eccentric Cityscapes
Eccentric Cityscapes
A Unique View of Japan in Tokyo Monogatari by Ilse Leenders
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81
Urban Caution Tape Art
Urban Caution Tape Art
City Hour by Zhang Zhang Creates an Interior Abstract Representation
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80
Imagined City Apps
Imagined City Apps
Phantom City iPhone App Shows the New York City That 'Could Have Been'
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79
Spiderweb Topography
Spiderweb Topography
New York City Cut Out Map Shows the Five Boroughs in Mind-Boggling Detail
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78
Tilt-Shift Cityscapes
Tilt-Shift Cityscapes
'Inbetween' by James Abbott Captures Nature Coexisting With City
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77
Virtual Boardgame Lands
Virtual Boardgame Lands
Hasbro Monopoly City Streets Lets You Play in Real Life
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76
Tranquil Spanish Subway Ad
Tranquil Spanish Subway Ad
Metro Madrid
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75
Urban Experience Seating
Urban Experience Seating
Enjoytimes Square on the TKTS Booth's Rooftop Seats
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74
Humbling City-Scapes
Humbling City-Scapes
David Terrazas Brings Architectural Achievement Back Down to Earth
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73
City Slicker Photography
City Slicker Photography
Terence Koh and Aaron Bondaroff Document Capture Essence of Metropolis
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72
Cityscape Disco Parties
Cityscape Disco Parties
The Michel De Broin Disco Ball Lit Up Paris for Just One Night
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71
City Reviving Residences
City Reviving Residences
NOAH Concept Looks to Help Rebuild New Orleans
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70
Green Metropolis Makeovers
Green Metropolis Makeovers
Guangzhou, China Revamps for the Future With New Southern-Axis
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69
Transit Map Jewelry
Transit Map Jewelry
NYC Metro Cuffs Make Navigating the Big Apple Easy
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68
City-Centered Sneakers
City-Centered Sneakers
The 2010 Vans City Pack Lets You Rep Your City
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67
Urban Jungle Kicks
Urban Jungle Kicks
The Nike Delta Force Low AC Safari Print are Dangerous
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66
Virtual Scavenger Hunts
Virtual Scavenger Hunts
Coke Ireland Launches Online Virtual City With Bebo.com
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65
Time-Traveling Cityscapes
Time-Traveling Cityscapes
Archaic Camera Captures Futuristic City of Dubai
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64
Massive Tribute Flash Mobs
Massive Tribute Flash Mobs
12,000 Fans in Mexico City Celebrate Michael Jackson's Birthday
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63
Dismal Urbantography
Dismal Urbantography
Stephan Faerber's Haunting Black & White Cityscapes
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62
City-Centric Urban Apparel
City-Centric Urban Apparel
Boston Knucklehead Clothing is Beantown-Inspired Street Fashion
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61
Photographic Graffiti
Photographic Graffiti
Jetsonorama Creates Realistic Portrait Graffiti in Urban and Rural Spaces
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60
Linear Cityscapes
Linear Cityscapes
Jordan Carlyle Makes Dazzling New York Prints
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59
3D City Typography
3D City Typography
Dylan Mulvaney Creates Vibrant Text for Manhattan Magazine
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58
Paris Metro Art
Paris Metro Art
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57
Perpetual Passenger Train
Perpetual Passenger Train
Non-Stop Metro Rail Transit
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56
Urban Foraging
Urban Foraging
Eating Local Goes Inner City As Pedestrians Pluck Food From Trees
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55
Collapsing Cityscapes
Collapsing Cityscapes
Amy Casey Paints Surreal Cities
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54
Urban Floodtography
Urban Floodtography
Aqualta by Studio Lindfors Shows Gondolas in NYC, Cliff Jumping in Tokyo
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53
Scrumptious City Foodscapes
Scrumptious City Foodscapes
Food Stylists Make London Landmarks That Look Good Enough to Eat
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52
Disoriented Downtown Fashion
Disoriented Downtown Fashion
Jeisa Chiminazzo Wanders 'In the City' in October 2009 Flair
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51
Retro City Photomentaries
Retro City Photomentaries
Bruce Barone Photography Captures NYC in Its Old-School Glory
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50
Illegal City Bees
Illegal City Bees
New York City's Gotham City Honey Co-Op Can't Sell Honey
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49
Ancient Cityscapes
Ancient Cityscapes
Russian Designers Ujean and Glazyrin Create Sweeping Masterpieces
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48
City-Wide Covers
City-Wide Covers
Vector Foil Proposes Houston Dome as Natural Disaster Shield
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47
Colossal All-in-One Complexes
Colossal All-in-One Complexes
Hangzhou Raffles City Tower Houses an Array of Daily Activities
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46
Green Urban Installations
Green Urban Installations
New Zealand's Britomart Station's Temporary Oasis
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45
City Block Brass Knuckles
City Block Brass Knuckles
'Welcome' Brass Knuckles Offer Urban Intimidation
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44
Metropolitan Martini
Metropolitan Martini
Ready to Go
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43
Metro Monsters
Metro Monsters
Alex Andreyev Shows the Life of Insects & Critters on the Subway
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42
Faux Cityscapes
Faux Cityscapes
Fabric Window Blinds Feature Abstract City Views
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41
Uber Urban Fashion
Uber Urban Fashion
Fall 2009 D.O.H.C. Campaign Dives Deep into City Style
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40
$7.64 Billion Transit Systems
$7.64 Billion Transit Systems
The Dubai Luxury Metro System Redefines City Travel
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39
Urban Art Battles
Urban Art Battles
In London A Banksy vs Robbo Graffiti War Has Been Ignited
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38
Metropolitan Manga Festivals
Metropolitan Manga Festivals
Anime LA is Absolutely Insane
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37
Pint Sized City Dwellings
Pint Sized City Dwellings
The Tiny Manhattan Apartment is Perfect for Those Who Abhor Space
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36
Gay-Friendly City Rankings
Gay-Friendly City Rankings
San Francisco is Not the Gayest U.S. City of Them All
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35
Swimming Cities
Swimming Cities
Andras Gyorfi Designs an All-Inclusive City on the Sea
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34
Psychedelic Streetography
Psychedelic Streetography
'Urban Nights & Crazy Lights' by Rafael Andrade is like an Outdoor Rave
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33
City-Specific Eco Helmets
City-Specific Eco Helmets
Fuseproject Creates Protective Caps for the City of New York
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32
Capturing Garbage Cities
Capturing Garbage Cities
Suburban Cairo is Turned into a District-Wide Wasteland
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31
Urban Awareness Gardens
Urban Awareness Gardens
Landgrab City in Hong Kong Teaches Lessons in Sustainability
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30
Hilly Eco City Blocks
Hilly Eco City Blocks
Forwarding Dallas Will Include Vegetation Covered Buildings
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29
Bottoms Up Transit
Bottoms Up Transit
Electric Inverted Monorail Could Come to a City Near You
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28
Dynamic Urban Photography
Dynamic Urban Photography
Emotive Shots of Nu-Jerzey Devil and Young Leek by James Johnson
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27
Street Art Baby Shoes
Street Art Baby Shoes
'Urbano & Moda' by Mai Saraiva Uses Graffiti as Inspiration for Booties
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Sleek Street Furniture
Sleek Street Furniture
Metro40 is Modern and Stylish Public Seating
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25
Vibrant City Slickers
Vibrant City Slickers
The Matinique Spring/Summer 2010 Collection is Dapper in the City
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24
Eco-Centric Cities
Eco-Centric Cities
Self-Sustaining Sunflower Umbrella City in United Arab Emirates
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23
Gritty Cityscapes
Gritty Cityscapes
Edward Burtynsky Captures Dark Landscapes
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City Exclusive Fragrances
City Exclusive Fragrances
Tom Ford's Milan, Kuwait & London-Only Scents
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Posh Baby Strollers
Posh Baby Strollers
Metrolla Strolla
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20
City-Repping Sneakers
City-Repping Sneakers
Nike Unveils Shoe Collection With Metropolitan Roots
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19
City Cruising ATVs
City Cruising ATVs
The Cectek Quadrift 500EFI is an On-Road Quad Bike
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18
Green Metropolises
Green Metropolises
The Gwang Gyo Power Center in South Korea
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17
Urban Dining Tents
Urban Dining Tents
Cozy Tents as Restaurant Alternatives in Seoul
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New Urbanist Architecture
New Urbanist Architecture
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects Bring Urbanism to West Hollywood with 1050 G
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15
City-Slicker Editorials
City-Slicker Editorials
Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson Deliver 'The Daily News' in Vogue
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14
Urban Nomad Fashionistas
Urban Nomad Fashionistas
'Last Days in the City' for ViewOnFashion Features Shelby Keaton
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13
New York Nap Capsules
New York Nap Capsules
MetroNaps EnergyPod
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12
City Slicker Fashion
City Slicker Fashion
Gen Husmains Models ‘Modern Coats' in Men's Vogue China
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11
Cityscape Laptop Decals
Cityscape Laptop Decals
Customize Your Mac With These Fun Sticker Designs
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10
Asymmetrically Stacked Skyscrapers
Asymmetrically Stacked Skyscrapers
The Urban Forest by Mad Architects in Chongqing, China
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9
Futuristic Utopian Landscapes
Futuristic Utopian Landscapes
Luc Schuiten's 'Vegetal City' is Harmonious With Nature
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8
Mid-Street Metro Ballet
Mid-Street Metro Ballet
Richard Calmes Dance Photography Raises the Bar in NYC
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7
Urban Hipster
Urban Hipster
From Hipster Olympics to Weezer Snuggies
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6
Controversial Public Transit Photos
Controversial Public Transit Photos
Paris Metro Nudes
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5
Eco Intelligent Skyscrapers
Eco Intelligent Skyscrapers
Moving Buildings Will be the Future of Mangal City by Chimera
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4
Metro Giant People
Metro Giant People
'Exaggeration City' Images Show Seriously Creative Photoshopping
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3
Cityscape Wall Decals
Cityscape Wall Decals
Removable Stickers Turn Your Walls into Urban Skylines
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2
Guerrilla Urban Knitting
Guerrilla Urban Knitting
Knit the City is Yarnstorming London with Wool
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Urban Tricycles
Urban Tricycles
Triclo is Eco-Friendly City Travel for Adults
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