John Metcalfe

Baud Valérie

The War on Bagpipes: Wiping a Single Instrument Off the Urban Map

The bagpipe is possibly the only musical instrument to have been labeled a tool of warfare.

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This Week in Bans: Baltimore Orioles Ban Naked Batman 'For Life'

Also, a Florida town outlaws nightclubs and a skating rink that could possibly be used for illicit dancing, and more.

Cincinnati Does Not Smell Like Used Kitty Litter

The real scent of the Ohio city is far more complex.

Za Bor

Need More Office Space? Just Stick Some in the Alley

Could offices that clamp onto larger buildings or wander across town be the wave of the future?

Silent U.K.

From the Top of the Shard, London Looks Like a 'Giant Urban Circuit Board'

Urban explorers recently climbed the tallest building in the European Union. Here's what they saw.

Wooster Collective

Probably Offensive Street Art of the Day: Fatties, Step to the Right

A direct, if rude, way to attack America's obesity epidemic.

Finally, a Nano Car That Can Withstand Bullets and Grenades

Tata Motors, the maker of the world's cheapest car, has unveiled an armored electric microcar that climbs stairs.

Greg Knobloch/Andreas Tjeldflaat

Wild Design of the Day: A Skyscraper Prison to Rehabilitate Jersey City's Convicts

Two University of Pennsylvania students designed this futuristic, arching prison meant to reduce recidivism rates in New Jersey.

MGM

RoboCop Statue 'Definitely' Coming to Detroit

Everyone's favorite badge-toting manmachine will absolutely be memorialized in bronze, somewhere in the city.

Jordy Theiller/Wikipedia

The Most Desolate City on Earth: Gunkanjima, aka 'Battleship Island'

This abandoned coal mine off of Nagasaki would be a wicked place to have a paintball match.

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This Week in Bans: Park Slope Parents Decry 'Tempting' Ice Cream

Also, Tampa is going to ban water pistols (but not real guns) from the 2012 Republican National Convention, and more.

Luz Interruptus

Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.

BART

How BART Finally Decided to Replace Its Bacteria-Covered, Gross Old Seats

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is deploying vinyl seats that don't cough up clouds of filth when smacked, like the wool ones do.

Nick Wiebe/Wikipedia

Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.

Massiv

Could This Be the World's Weirdest Pedestrian Bridge?

The designers of this proposed Amsterdam river bridge get a little too whimsical for their own good.

Lucie & Simon

Cities Are Surprisingly Menacing When You Remove All the People

French photographers Lucie & Simon have cleansed major cities of their troublesome humanity, creating empty, dread-filled urban landscapes.

City of Philadelphia

Which U.S. City Had the Best April Fool's Prank?

Etsy acquired the city of Portland; Boulder's electric company cut off service for residents who voted against it; Philadelphia unveiled a pedestrian lane for distracted texters.

Florian Rivière

A Crosswalk You Can Roll Up and Carry Away

Urban hacker Florian Rivière makes the streets of France his playground with movable crosswalks, pigeon traps and a shopping-cart soccer field.

Sheboygan's Odd, Addictive Police Scanner Chatter

@Sheboyganscan posts shocking, head-scratching and zen tweets from the Wisconsin city's police scanner.