John Metcalfe

Urban Super Mario Goes On Super Violent Graffiti Crime Spree

This is not the Super Mario Bros. game you want the kids playing.

Knocking Down Huge Buildings Quietly, Floor by Floor

A Japanese construction company turns demolition into energy using something it calls a "big hat."

Why Does This Canadian Bridge Keep Trying to Kill People?

The widest bridge in the world, the Vancouver-area Port Mann span, is failing its debut in a spectacular fashion.

Watch the New East Span of S.F.'s Bay Bridge Go Up in 2 Minutes

This could be the last time you see the San Francisco — Oakland Bay Bridge not mired in godawful traffic.

Is This the World's Oldest Dash Cam Video?

Incredible footage from the 1920s shows New York's traffic has always been a problem (especially when you're rushing to put out a fire).

Why Would Anyone Want to Cover Marrakech's Beloved Open-Air Market in Concrete?

Proof that any project can garner accolades if it's eccentric enough.

The Skateboard As a Swiss Army Knife for Urban Living

Coat hanger, bottle opener, laptop desk? A French artist shows that a skateboard can be all of these, and more.

In Russia, the New Year's Vacation Is Marked by '10 Days of Horror'?

For the festive week ahead, a government minister is warning Russians about the greatest threat to the country: themselves.

Banned in America, 2013 Edition: Conversion Therapy, Eating Horse Meat, Plus Many More

Grab tight your freedoms, America: The country's collective legislatures are unleashing a torrent of new regulations.

Russian Motorist Films Own Attempt at Aiding Plane Crash Victims

The man ventured into the eviscerated fuselage to retrieve a wounded woman after Saturday's accident at Vnukovo Airport, which killed five crew members.

Artist Tears Up Raleigh

Scott Hazard creates trompe l'oeil that make it looks like he's chewing holes through the fabric of space-time.

Apparently It's Snowing Inside Kiev's Subway Cars

Think your commute stinks? At least there's not a freezing microclimate happening inside your public-transit system.

The World's Best Ice Sculptors Throw a Party

The 2012 International Poznań Ice Festival.

Los Angeles Ponders Morality of Circus Elephants: This Week in Bans

Also, Mumbai outlaws spitting tobacco on buses and Swaziland bans clothing that could tempt men to rape.

People Trying to Reduce Air Pollution Might Be Inhaling Even More Pollution

Bicyclists and public-bus commuters in San Diego are exposing themselves to a whole lot of crap in the air, according to new research.

This 12-Year-Old Parkour Athlete Will Amaze, Scare the Crap Out of You

Robbie Griffith is starting to get noticed in the urban sport, and it's easy to see why.

What Produces More Light Pollution in Australia: Cities or Wildfires?

Parts of the outback are lit up with so much flame they look like huge metropolises at night.

Weird Lights in the Sky Appear Once Again Over San Francisco

What is causing these glowing orbs over the Mission District?

Seattle Tries Again to Outlaw Assault Weapons: This Week in Bans

Also, a Canadian city goes after bullies and a Chicago alderman takes the war on pigeons to a new level.