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World’s Most Colorful Cities

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The word pretty isn’t often associated with the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. But gazing across the hills toward the notorious Santa Maria favela, you might be pleasantly surprised by the burst of colors—the result of a recent social art project launched by Dutch design duo Haas&Hahn.

“We chose to bring color to a neighborhood that did not have a tradition of that,” says Dre Urhahn, who, with his partner Jeroen Koolhaas, enlisted community members to view their walls as a blank canvas teeming with creative possibilities. “We did not just want to bring something to the neighborhood, but to let something grow out of the inspiration that we found there.”

1. Burano in Venice, Italy

enhanced-buzz-wide-21419-1403619728-7Via Flickr: opalsson

2. La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina

enhanced-buzz-wide-25171-1403620942-14Shutterstock / Peter Zaharov

3. Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark

enhanced-buzz-wide-22586-1403621108-23Via Flickr: martin_nikolaj

4. Bo-Kaap in Capetown, South Africa

enhanced-buzz-wide-18341-1403621367-22Shutterstock / littlewormy

5. Jelly Bean Row in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

enhanced-buzz-wide-22077-1403622159-17Via Flickr: kwl

6. Chefchaouen, Morocco

enhanced-buzz-wide-8957-1403621893-26Shutterstock / Sabino Parente

7. Cinque Terre, Italy

enhanced-buzz-wide-22690-1403622509-33Via Flickr: blackrockphoto

8. Longyearbyen, Norway

enhanced-buzz-wide-21222-1403622876-7Via Flickr: linznicholson

9. Colmar, France

enhanced-buzz-wide-4302-1403631195-19Shutterstock / Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

10. Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina, United States

enhanced-buzz-wide-11236-1403621070-25Via Flickr: shankbone

11. Willemstad, Curaçao

enhanced-buzz-wide-21223-1403623649-11Via Flickr: curns

12. Santorini, Greece

enhanced-buzz-wide-31195-1403624826-20Via Flickr: edwarddalmulder

13. Valparaiso, Chile

enhanced-buzz-wide-31914-1403625417-24Shutterstock / Boris1908

14. Wroclaw, Poland

enhanced-buzz-wide-32011-1403623876-25Via Flickr: wyzik

15. Jodhpur, India

enhanced-buzz-wide-2592-1403624547-25Via Flickr: nagarjun

16. Pelourinho in Salvador, Brazil

enhanced-buzz-wide-22378-1403626813-38Via Flickr: leandrociuffo

17. Guanajuato, Mexico

enhanced-buzz-wide-20944-1403626093-19Via Flickr: 21160499@N04

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