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This Guy Was Doing Parkour Decades Before It Became Cool

Is this Jackie Chan's long-lost grandfather?

Videos
Kaid Benfield

Tips for Creating Public Spaces People Actually Want to Use

A city's residents understand how to make exciting streets, squares and parks. Here's how to engage them in the process.

Videos
Jordan Matters

Dance of the Day: In the Streets

You can dance if you want to; you can leave your friends behind.

ARO/dlandstudio/Museum of Modern Art

Rebuilding After the Storm: The 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.

Reuters

6 Truly Strange Theme Restaurants

Ever wanted to eat dinner on the toilet? In China, you can!

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

Columbia Pictures

The Geography of James Bond: Skyfall Edition

An updated map to reflect the newest film.

Flickr

The Homogenization of the Global Music Festival

Pitchfork Paris is a lot more Pitchfork than Paris.

YikeBike.com

Behold the YikeBike, the Super Lightweight Folding E-Bike That Looks Like a 'Star Wars' Droid

Beep boop bip!

Photos
Michael Snyder

Beautiful Chaos at Kolkata's Durga Puja

Think of it as the world’s largest, most popular public art fair.

Flickr/d_herrera86

Team Name of the Day: The Denver Nuggets

Heh, heh.

WETA

A One-Ton Gollum Now Greets Visitors to Wellington International Airport

Welcome to New Zealand, now give me back my precious!

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Cayetano Ferrer

Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.

ThrashLab/YouTube

Eerie Timelapse of the Day: Washington, D.C., Without the People

It's Election Day! Freak out!

Courtesy of Building Stories

The Intimacy of Apartment Living, Captured in a Graphic Novel Box Set

Chris Ware chats about his imaginative new work, Building Stories.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Will Cities Be Ready for the Next Sandy?

Climate change is here. Here's what cities can do to mitigate some of its worst effects.

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SCI-Arc/PATTERNS

Nerd Alert: Proposed Los Angeles Pavilion Is Batman-Flavored

The ominous, obsidian graduation pavilion is named the "League of Shadows."

Kacper Pempel/Reuters

A Peek Inside the Narrowest House in the World

If you weren't looking for it, you might walk right past the Keret House in Warsaw.

US Coast Guard/Reuters

'We've Built Right Up to the Edge in the Most Foolish Way'

A historian of coastal settlements says we only have ourselves to blame for Sandy's destruction.