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Anthony Sherin

Urban Artifact of the Day: A Street Corner Piano

Go ahead, play a few notes.

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A Spongy Portable Cave Perfect for Cuddling

The perfect place to escape from the everyday.

Deutsche + Guggenheim

The Inescapable Patterns of Garbage

Artist Gabriel Orozco has applied a fresh logic to trash-as-art.

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Too Portland For Portland: Local Man Offers to Eat, Excrete Gourmet Coffee Beans for His Neighbors

Please don't let "Human Kopi Luwak" become a thing.

In Paris, a Wall of 'I Love You's'

Two artists cover a Montmartre wall with more than 200 expressions of adoration.

Videos

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?

Videos
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.

Videos
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.

Videos

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.