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How does snow artist Simon Beck trace massive, intricate patterns in the snow? With a little math and a lot of legwork.

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Jason deCaires Taylor casts giant cement sculptures that weigh thousands of pounds — and then sinks them into the ocean. His idea: to create a unique underwater gallery that algae, corals and other sea creatures can call home.

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Designer and data visualization expert Manuel Lima has been watching with interest as the network has emerged as a powerful way to visualize many of the things going on in the world around us. Here, he shares some of his favorite graphics.

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When Dustin Yellin was eight years old, he buried a dollar bill, a pen and a fork inside a box, with the specific idea that aliens might find it in the future. It’s unclear what would happen then or, indeed, what happened to the box, but it did start Yellin on an artistic journey of discovery, one in which he still merrily makes boxes. Take a spin through the work (and mind) of a singular artist.

Next we were taken to Sumatra, Indonesia, where we rested for a few hours in this house before being crammed into a car for a 21-hour nonstop ride with the windows kept locked. We were taken to an airport, where one of our smugglers had arranged boarding passes for us to get to Jakarta. The total cost of the trip from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta was $2500.

As a Hazara, Barat Ali Batoor faced violent oppression in his native Pakistan, so he sought asylum in Australia. His journey took weeks, cost thousands of dollars, and nearly ended in disaster countless times. Batoor, a photographer, documented every step of the way. See his incredible images.

Tverrfjellhytta reindeer pavilion in Hjerkinn, Norway. A hiking trail leads to a spectacular site overlooking the Dovrefjell mountain range in central Norway, home to some of the last remaining wild reindeer herds in Europe. A sinewy pavilion designed by Snøhetta invites visitors to warm themselves while observing the animals. The structure is an exercise in material contrast -- a rigid outer shell of raw steel and
glass houses a soft wooden core shaped like the
nearby rocks, which have been eroded by winds
and running water for centuries. Photo by diephotodesigner, courtesy of Snøhetta.

In this gallery of gorgeous photographs, architect Marc Kushner shares his selection of 10 of the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow, including a reindeer viewing station, an inflatable concert hall, and a very clever housing complex.

Dave Troy crunches data to see places not as neighborhoods but as relationships between people.