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Tree Houses for Grown-Ups, the Complete Collection

Birdhouse apartments, hanging human-sized nests, and other wonders are all featured in a gorgeous new book by Barcelona-based Loft Publications.

Know About 'Ghost Bikes'? Austin Has a Levitating 'Ghost Tree'

Since 2001, more than 300 million trees in Texas have perished due to insufficient rainfall and human water usage.

The Brooklyn Bridge, Painstakingly Redesigned in Letterpress

One of America's most iconic bridges, letter by letter.

Montreal's 'Tube That Jean Built'

It took 50 years for the city to get a subway, so it's no surprise the mayor who pulled it off got all the credit.

Today in Extreme Sports: Unicycling Down the Swiss Alps

This video is guaranteed to make your legs tingle.

Kabul's Optimistic New Water Park

Few are certain of Afghanistan's future once foreign troops leave. Four Kabul investors went ahead and built a water park anyway.

Baltimore's Last Adult Movie Theater Heads to the Auction Block

"People in the neighborhood would probably not mind seeing it used for something different."

The Fight Over Berlin's Charming Street Lights

The city wants to replace its century-old gas lamps with LEDs, but preservationists are crying foul.

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Hunting Detroit's Masterworks of Architecture Before They Go Extinct

Photographer Philip Jarmain has spent years slipping into Detroit's historically significant abandoned spaces, now prey to scrap thieves, fire bombers, and municipal bulldozers.

How the London Bridge Ended Up in Arizona

A town of 52,000 people has called the famous bridge its own since 1971.

The Inevitable Death of All Music Scenes

NYC's art-punk golden age, Chapel Hill's indie-rock community, and Memphis's Stax Records all declined in about the same way: The underdogs became the establishment.

This Brilliant Rain-Collecting 'Sofa' Can Help Address Scarce Water Supplies

A super useful piece of furniture for the outdoor urban living room.

Why Banksy Chose New York For His Street Art Comeback

The elusive graffiti artist speaks out.

London Has a Hybrid Pastry-Naming Controversy on Its Hands

Starbucks says it just invented the "Duffin." But a well-known tea shop has been selling them for a while.

Zaha Hadid's New Library in Vienna Looks Like a Looming Deathship

A Star Destroyer from George Lucas's fevered imagination, perhaps?

A Fashion Line Inspired by, of All Things, Urban Planning

Architect Azin Valy created street chic dresses, bags, and scarves that incorporate aerial views of cities around the world.

Croatia's Growing Pains

On its independence day, a look around the country's lingering ethnic tensions.

Gamblers and Hackers Alike Flock to Macau, the World's Casino Capital

Macau bypassed Vegas years ago as the world's biggest betting center and it's still making gains.

Americans Smoke 139,000 Cigarettes Every 15 Seconds (And They're All in This Painting)

Chris Jordan warns against the environmental consequences of throwing away more than a trillion cigarette butts annually.