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You'll Hardly Recognize Dubai in This 1969 Flyover Film

This looks nothing like the glitzy metropolis we know now.

Patrick Blanc

The World's Tallest Vertical Garden Is Like a Niagara Falls of Plants

Parasitic vines and weeping shrubs cascade down the facade of a super-green, under-construction highrise in Sydney.

George Zisiadis

This Sidewalk Art Installation Transforms Heartbeats Into Music

And helps local officials understand public space.

Michael Linnik

This Robot Army Is Obsessed With Random Acts of Kindness

Rather than kill people, 100 child-sized "Lovebots" are highlighting good deeds done by community members in Toronto.

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GDS Architects

How to Make a 1,476-Foot Tall Tower Disappear

A high-tech camouflage system will allow Seoul's City Tower to seamlessly blend in with its background.

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An Awesome Floating Lantern, Made From 7,000 Plastic Bottles

The recyclable orb will float in a pool in Hong Kong and will mimic the phases of the moon.

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There's a Clown Terrorizing a British Town

The poor residents of Northampton, England, are living in a nightmare scenario straight out of a Stephen King novel right now.

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The Ridiculous Mistakes Artists Make When They Try to Draw the U.S. From Memory

Cy Twombly left out New Mexico "because otherwise the map would look like underpants."

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Jonathan Trappe

Area Man Attempts to Cross the Atlantic Using Nothing but Helium Balloons

A real-life Up, aided by weather-tracking software and documented on Facebook.

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Kristian Buus/Greenpeace

Massive Puppet of the Day: A Polar Bear the Size of a Double-Decker Bus

Meet Aurora.

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Prove You Love Your Girlfriend ... by Having Her Kidnapped

In Kazakhstan, a romantic can order a mock attack that makes his loved one feel threatened, then step in to save the day.

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This Vending Machine in China Sells Living Crabs

The crab-o-mat is designed to satiate the appetites of boozy, late-night revelers.

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Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.

Hammerhead

Gadget of the Day: A Bike Navigator That Keeps Your Eyes on the Road

The Hammerhead straps onto your handlebars, using bright LEDs to point you in the right direction.

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The Case Against Rebuilding the Coastline After Superstorm Sandy

We should be retreating from the shore, not developing structures that will only flood again.

Rescuing the Adorable Icons of Chicago's Public Housing Projects

These concrete animal statues were removed in the early 2000s, but a new project is hoping to bring them back.

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You Have to See This BMX Pro Do Sweet Tricks on a Citi Bike

Tyrone Williams makes bike-sharing look cool. 

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A Block-by-Block Map of Brooklyn, in Garbage

No, Jennifer Maravillas is not crazy. But she does walk the streets picking up interesting pieces of trash.

When Manhattan Was Mostly Hills and Shrubbery

In the 1830s, there was plenty of green space to go around in New York (and snakes).