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This week we ruminated on interiors and exteriors, from holy spaces to architectural pranks and beyond. We also were intrigued by London's new Canary Wharf video art program below, and gave some thought to the idea of billboards.

It was a week inspired by architecture, but also by those who think out of the box, creating new spaces to re-imagine what the modern city could look like if we just allowed a little art in...

Happy Design Thursday, all!

When Art Goes Underground, Constantin Bjerke's take on the Canary Wharf station public art project by Art on The Underground, which will reach about 40 million people who use the station each year. Bjerke writes, "In the vast ticket hall of Canary Wharf station a large screen has been set up which will, over four seasons of programming, project films by artists and filmmakers, turning the spotlight onto the UK arts community." So watch the video above and take a trip underground.

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Giovanni Paolo Panini, "St. Peter's Basilica"

In our roundup of the "Best Painted Interiors Of All Time," we looked at the drawing, dining, and living rooms in art that stand out above the rest, along with the jaw-dropping spaces inside our favorite architectural monuments. Whether you are looking for an entire Basilica or a one-bedroom sublet (in Arles, at that!) we have the perfect space for you.

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Didier Faustino

And we also enjoyed Pedro Gadanho's blog post on Didier Faustino, our new favorite architectural prankster. Gadanho writes "Jumping from the domain of art to that of architecture and back again, Faustino played on the fringe of both these fields so as to create a distinctive, impermanent site from where he could perform a highly personal, critical form of architectural commentary."

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Billboards, Wikimedia Commons

What's the purpose of a billboard? Brian D. Cohen muses about this and its blight on the landscape in a thoughtful post here. He writes, "It seems like a pointless cycle, especially when the vices we embrace are generally sold directly to us. I admire people who discover their own vices."

What do you think, readers? Let us know in the comments section below.