Mark Byrnes

Zaha Hadid Architects

Japan's Scaled-Down Olympics

Officials are already cutting bells and whistles from Zaha Hadid's bold stadium proposal to avoid runaway costs.

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9 of This Year's Most Alarming Sinkholes

From China to Quebec to, of course, Florida.

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The Legacy of Urban Renewal Helped Make Morrissey Sad

The singer has a new autobiography out, and it turns out the Pope of Mope had a lot to be bummed out about in Manchester.

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Tacky Tourist Items You Can Buy at the North Korean Border

A hat that says "DMZ," or even a ceramic tile with some barbed wire.

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Live Out Your East Germany Military Fantasies at This Bunker

Ostalgie taken to a whole other level.

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These Pictures Capture Just How Horrifying China's Smog Situation Is Right Now

Cold weather brought brutal levels of air pollution to the country's north.

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Athens, Georgia, Tries To Save Some of Its R.E.M. History

The church where the band played their first show is hardly standing, but renovation costs are steep.

Sergey Novikov

Russia's Disappearing Movie Theaters

"We are losing lovely buildings, district cultural centers, and probably the perception of cinema as art."

A Fascinating Glimpse of Daily Life in Mogadishu

A photo essay from Somalia's once war-torn capital.

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A Fascinating Tour of the Nuclear Plants That Dot the English Countryside

The architectural giants are as beautiful as they are ominous.

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New York's 1964 World's Fair Was Actually Something of a Failure

Never officially certified, the Fair ended up as a tribute to American corporations more than its official theme of "peace through understanding." It was still pretty cool.

City of Montreal Archives

A Look Back at Montreal's Contentious, First Attempt at Slum Clearance

The City of Montreal Archives has just released an important set of historical images.

Reuters

The Ukrainian Army Just Got a Little Less Soviet

It will call its last conscript this week, a tradition left over from the USSR.

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Catholics in Germany Aren't Happy With This Bishop's $42 Million Residence

The bathtub alone cost $20,000. 

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Montreal's 'Tube That Jean Built'

It took 50 years for the city to get a subway, so it's no surprise the mayor who pulled it off got all the credit.

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Kabul's Optimistic New Water Park

Few are certain of Afghanistan's future once foreign troops leave. Four Kabul investors went ahead and built a water park anyway.

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Baltimore's Last Adult Movie Theater Heads to the Auction Block

"People in the neighborhood would probably not mind seeing it used for something different."

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Kwame Kilpatrick Has Been Sentenced to a Whopping 28 Years in Prison

The former Detroit mayor's sentence dwarfs those handed out in other high-profile political corruption cases in recent years.

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How the London Bridge Ended Up in Arizona

A town of 52,000 people has called the famous bridge its own since 1971.