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Inside the Incredible Secret Mission to Climb Europe's Tallest Building

Russian adventurers dressed like construction workers to reach the ice-covered pinnacle of Mercury City, which is taller than London's Shard.

The Most Talked About Buildings of 2012

From residences to gardens to installations, a look at the most compelling works of the year.

Reuters

'These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods': 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.

Mark Byrnes

Farewell Formstone? Requiem for a Baltimore Building Material

A proposed zoning revision threatens to outlaw Formstone, ubiquitous on Baltimore's row house façades. Will anyone care?

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Jonathan Lansey

BEEEEEEEEP! This Bike Sounds Like a Car Horn

The "Loud Bicycle" prototype can blast careless drivers with a 30-second trumpet that's as loud as a rock concert.

Reuters

With the Louvre-Lens, a Curtain Call for the Bilbao Effect

The world's most famous museum has opened a relatively modest satellite campus in a former industrial town.

Planning Corps/Erik Galipo

Urbanist Portmanteau of the Day: Funderpass

This one should have been invented a while ago.

Reuters

Sochi's Pre-Olympics Construction Bonanza

The Russian resort town gears up for next year's Winter Games.

NASA

5 Tips From NASA for Catching Tonight's Geminid Meteor Shower

An expert explains why light pollution won't totally destroy 2012's final and most dazzling space show.

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Dennis Marsico

Behold, the (Highly Desirable) Frankenstein of Green Building

A design firm stitched together 7 distinct buildings of different eras and styles, creating a mixed-use complex in the heart of Pittsburgh.

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Humongous Swollen Duckling Paddles Down the Thames

From what hellish port of call did this monstrous waterfowl come?

MOOZ

A Belgian Christmas Tree Made Entirely of Tea Cups and Dinner Plates

Gelukkig kerstfeest!

Urban Air

Urban Forest of the Day: An L.A. Billboard Made of Bamboo

It'll come complete with a hydration system, climate monitors, and a Wifi connection to make that data available to the public.

Reuters

Christmas Time Is Here

A round-up of holiday cheer from around the world.

Photos

Will Venice Finally Get Its First Skyscraper?

And will it look like a giant glass skirt out of the Jetsons?

Courtesy of Ball State University

How a School Project Saved Muncie's Historic Neighborhoods

Students and professors at Ball State University fought to preserve the city's many historically significant buildings.

Chris Herrin

The Limits of Commissioned Street Art

Graffiti artists were invited to Atlanta to paint. And then they weren't.

Photos

New York Unveils a Gigantic Group Swing

This art installation seats 42, and comes complete with audio, readings and pigeons.

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A Hyper-Lapse Music Video of Kaleidoscopic Architecture

Fragments of buildings seem to float and spin in the sky in this mesmerizing clip.