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Superlative of the Day: Japan Wants to Build the World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

It would be nearly twice the size of the London Eye.

Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Most of the World's Tallest Buildings Game the System With 'Vanity Height'

Is all that space actually a waste?

Paolo Venturella

A Solar Building That Twists and Turns to Face the Sun

A Roman concept building would eliminate one of the major problems of solar panels – immobility.

Reuters

Even New York's Projects Are Gentrifying: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism.

Brian Kidd

Portland Absurdity of the Day: Unicycler Plays Star Wars Theme On Flaming Bagpipes

Keep Portland weird, indeed.

James Wannerton/TfL

What Do London's Tube Stations Taste Like?

One man with synesthesia has mapped it out.

Reuters

You Can Train Humans to Be Good People

Heroism training, 101.

The Wacky Skyline of an Alternative-Universe San Francisco

A new exhibition in San Francisco envisions the Bay Bridge as a massive vertical farm and Treasure Island seeded with water-purifying "jellyfish houses."

Videos

A Hair-Raising Parkour Tribute to the Video Game 'Mirror's Edge'

This British homage to the popular dystopian game has everything (except the shooting-at-the-cops stuff, of course).

Reuters

A Dictator's Execution Spot, Now Open to Tourists

Romania reopened the site where Nicolae Ceausescu was shot, turning the former cavalry barracks into a museum.

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Alexanderplatz Is Difficult to Love, But Berlin Wants to Save It Anyway

Newfound affection for the drab, East Berlin square.

Stockholm Artists Protest Obama by Putting Guantanamo Hoods on Statues

Street artists decry the "hypocrisy" of the President's plea for military action in Syria.

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Can You Spot the Wild Animals Hidden Behind Brooklyn's Windows and Grates?

The borough appears to have suffered a zoo break, with gorillas, chimps, and even an iguana inside building ventilation shafts.

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Can Reflective Buildings That Produce 'Death Rays' Be Prevented?

A recent car-melting incident in London is not the first time a building has produced high-temperature beams. 

Reuters

The Moscow Metro Is Like a Gorgeous Russian History Museum

The stations, built as a testament to Stalinism, offer marble walls, high ceilings, stained glass, mosaics and chandeliers.

Theo Simpson

Pop-Up of the Day: A Portable Public Square

How one London neighborhood is dealing with its troubling public space problem, using a bike.

Sprawl Is Still Sprawl, Even If It's 'Green'

The most sustainable development in the wrong location will create more environmental problems than it will solve.

Reuters

What It Was Like to Work at the Lusty Lady, a Unionized Strip Club

The San Francisco peep show closed Monday. A former stripper remembers the empowering atmosphere, even amidst a grueling schedule.

Ethan Schlussler

Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator of the Day: Yes, This Exists

It's fun and functional.