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This Could Be the World's Most Uncomfortable Pedestrian Crossing

An underpass with a forehead-level concrete ceiling seems designed to knock out Chinese citizens.

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Seville's Wild Pre-Easter Processions

A week-long parade, featuring wooden sculptures of the Passion

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A Super-Luxe Pad for Retired Popes

Can you imagine Pope Benedict XVI sorting through his wine cellar in this halo-shaped retirement home?

An Utterly Terrifying Picture Taken From the Top of the Burj Khalifa

Those toes are 2,722 feet up!

Michael Schmelling/Modern Farmer

'Modern Farmer' Magazine Is a Sleeker, Chicer Farmer's Almanac

A new print quarterly and website dedicated to the people and issues around where our food comes from.

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Leonid Tsvetkov

Can You Spot the Trash Hidden Among These Roman Ruins?

Leonid Tsvetkov's strange, fascinating art project.

BBC

Britain's Oddly Captivating Reality Show About Land Use

The Planners is partly bucolic escapism and partly a sidelong look at the state of Britain today. And yes, it's actually fascinating.

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Jeffrey Millstein

The Strange Beauty of Airports Photographed From Above

Jeffrey Milstein has turned a lifelong fascination with airplanes into a gorgeous portrait series of jet hubs.

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Temporary City of the Day: London, at Burning Man

That's the idea, at least.

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Sorry L.A., You Won't Be Getting That Modern Art 'Super-Museum' After All

The troubled Museum of Contemporary Art just rejected an offer to merge with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Mass Appeal

New York Graffiti Crew Redecorates an Abandoned Theme Park

TrustoCorp totally had its way with the old Rock-a-Hoola water park in California's Mojave Dessert.

Courtesy Yitik Hazine Yayınları

The Istanbul That Might Have Been, and Might Still Be

A book of unbuilt Ottoman-era architectural and engineering plans sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey’s largest city.

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Crazy Urban Video Game of the Day: Play a Street Vendor in 'Cart Life'

A "retail simulation" that tells stories of "social stratification, food, romance, money and death."

Reuters

Central Asia Rings in the New Year By Jumping, Repeatedly, Over Giant Fires

The start of spring comes with its own set of traditions.

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The Geography of March Madness

Maps highlight which teams have the biggest reach.

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Adam Kennedy

A Photographer Sees Tiny Planets in San Francisco's Rusty Fire Hydrants

Finding worlds in aging infrastructure.

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Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the "DNA" of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

Hugon Kowalski

Would More People Use the Public Library If It Had a Water Slide?

More than half of Poland doesn't seem to be reading anything. Would a more festive library design help them pick up a book?

See Japan Through the Eyes of the Country's Most Famous Anime Artists

A new online pop-culture travel magazine out of San Francisco's Japantown interviews artists about their favorite spots back home.