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Po-Chih Lai

The Craziest Skateboard Ever Can Walk Down Stairs

Po-Chih Lai's "Stair Rover" is meant to conquer the rugged streetscape of London.

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FlippyCat

Watch the Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Over (In Dominoes)

Hasn't everyone wanted to see this happen?

Maps
MinStad

A 3D Play for Citizen Planning

Gothenburg, Sweden, makes its public planning process interactive with an online map.

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Courtesy: Andrea Martiradonna

This Globe-Trotting Restaurant Makes a Pit Stop in London

The CUBE, a mobile restaurant and event space, has graced landmarks in Brussels and Milan. Now it's headed to England in time for the Games.

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Mermaids on Main Street

Pictures from the annual Coney Island parade.

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Nipwitz

Insane 'Free Skiing' in the Urban Ruins of Industrial Russia

A group of hardcore Finnish free-ski stylists are making amazing videos amid the urban landscapes of Northern and Eastern Europe.

Courtesy: The Trashcan Project

Photo of the Day: Dumpster Pics From Hamburg

1,100 Dumpsters are transformed into pinhole cameras.

[Im]possible Living

Matchmaking Abandoned Properties With Ideas for Reuse

An Italian website compiles crowd wisdom and ideas to utilize vacant properties.

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Courtesy: Ed Wescott/DOE

The Secret City That Birthed the Atomic Bomb

Photos from the Tennessee town of Oak Ridge, where thousands of workers and their families lived while constructing the atom bomb.

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Can Solar Panels and Historic Preservation Get Along?

Ideas for rules that balance a building’s historic character with the need for green energy.

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Surveillance Cameras Could Make Us Better People

New research finds the "bystander effect" can be offset by the presence of public self-awareness.

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The Grave Health Risks of Unwalkable Communities

Our car-dependent lifestyle has led to a dramatic rise in obesity-related illnesses. But we can do something about it.

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Graphic of the Day: The World's Most 'Social' Landmarks

The locations where Facebook users check-in the most.

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Courtesy: Deck Two

A Global City Mash-Up

Urban landmarks the world over, all squeezed into one work of art.

Hayashi Paper

The Most Terrifying Toilet Paper You Will Ever Use

A Japanese company is marketing an English version of "Drop," a horror story by The Ring author that's printed on TP.

Reuters

In Bolivia, a Salute to the Sun

A winter solstice celebration gets Bolivia's Aymara Indians up before dawn to salute the first rays.

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Rebuilding Downtown Christchurch After a Series of Earthquakes

Striking images and video of the city in the midst of a rebirth.

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A Guidebook for the Urban Age

P.D. Smith's engaging and illuminating new book on the history, evolution and intricacies of cities.

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Re-Read of the Day: An Air Conditioner Probably Won't Kill You

One less thing to worry about as your face melts off during today's record-breaking heat wave.