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You've Heard of a Party Bus. Now Pittsburgh Has a Party Bridge

Festivities for a rubber duck Friday, and a man jumping off the bridge (safely) with joy last night.

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Austin Hodges

A Trip Inside Philadelphia's Abandoned Subway Station

Closed for over 20 years, SEPTA's old Spring Garden station has become a "mecca" for local graffiti artists and urban explorers.

Dezeen

The Front of This House Is Sliding Onto the Street

It’s like an architectural interpretation of Dalí.

Associated Press

Why You Should Care That the New York City Opera Is Dead

Why couldn't a storied institution, which launched the career of Placido Domingo, flourish in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world?

Denis Khripyakov

These Photo Distortions Breathe New Life Into Dreary Russian Landscapes

A photographer figures out how to infuse Ryazan with a "new emotion."

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Spires! Cupolas! Here's What the Sagrada Familia Will Look Like When It's Finished

An architectural masterpiece 150 years in the making.

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How Melbourne Is Selling Commercial Property Owners on Green Retrofits

The city's 1,200 Buildings program has been cited as a model. 

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Yup, Here Are Some Amazing Shots of Surfing Dogs

Glorious snapshots from the annual competition in Southern California.

Les Pierrots de la Nuit

Nighttime Revelers in Paris Get Shushed By a Bunch of Silent Clowns

It doesn't get much more French than this.

Associated Press

Understanding Nairobi's Shopping Mall Siege: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Rent the Chicken

Now You Can Rent a Backyard Chicken

It's a starter kit, of sorts, for aspiring urban farmers. 

Reuters

Spend the Night in a Vintage Camping Caravan Jammed in an Old German Warehouse

Choose between sleeping in a Pullman coach or an Airstream trailer.

Associated Press

Why It's So Hard to Storm-Proof an Apartment Building

There are a huge number of physical, financial, and political obstacles.

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NL Architects

Let's Turn More Empty Lots Into Mini-Golf Courses

Faced with a glut of empty eyesores, Amsterdam rolls out the sod for free public golfing.

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These 324 Mirrors Create Amazing, Endlessly New Views of Sydney

It’s completely sublime.  

Reuters

The Unsexy Forefathers of London's Trendy Food Trucks

A photo tour of Britain's quirky roadside cafes.

Lucerne Festival Ark Nova

Inside the World's First Inflatable Concert Hall

It inflates in 2 hours and seats 500 people. 

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AHEC

London's Confusing 'Endless Stair' Would Make M.C. Escher Proud

A public sculpture outside the Tate Modern plays screwy games with people's sense of perspective.

University City District

Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.