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An Ode to Abandoned Chairs

Have a seat.

Photos

Laurel Roth's Weird, Wonderful Pigeon Sweaters

These bespoke costumes are both cute and acidic, a commentary on all the birds that America has destroyed.

Videos
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Happy 80th Birthday, LEGO

The company is celebrating its anniversary this week with a short film on LEGO history.

Reuters

Meet the Newest Wonder of the World

You're probably already vaguely acquainted. 

Live Art Installations

100 Bassists Recreate the Battle of Copenhagen

Ten-dozen musicians, aerial and aquatic dancers, antique ships and explosives experts join up for a naval spectacular.

Videos
Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

A Massive, Infinitely Reshapable 'Toy' in Trafalgar Square

A new piece of interactive design invites community participation.

JoAnn Greco

For Buffalo's Grain Elevators, an Experimental Second Act

The formerly empty icons have become a space for art, ping pong balls, and eerie trombone concerts. 

Photos
Paul Krueger/Flickr

Popularity Contest of the Day: Urban Infrastructure, on Flickr

What do we photograph more, stop signs or streetlights?

Reuters

What Does Preservation Mean in a City Without History?

Rapidly developing Abu Dhabi considers saving its disappearing past.

Playstation/YouTube

A Video Game That Side-Scrolls the City Skyline

Skyscrapers and burning streets are the setting of a new game for Playstation, with music by Beck.

Archives/WPA

Buttermilk Vans, Icemen, and Lots of Hats: Washington Circa 1936

An old WPA video shows the capital bustling through the Great Depression.

Photos

From an Apartment Full of Cardboard Boxes, a Massive Work of Art

You too, could turn the remnants of your recent move into a cool video art installation.

Reuters

Where India's Street Food Is Born

It's harvest time for the water chestnut.

Videos

How To Jump From China's Monstrous Aizhai Bridge (and Survive)

The bridge is the longest and tallest tunnel-to-tunnel bridge ever built. It's a natural magnet for anybody who likes doing improbable things.

Photos
Courtesy of SMAK

Why Can't an Entire City Be a Museum?

Curators in Ghent, Belgium, use art to force visitors into far-flung neighborhoods.

Photos
Ivo Tavares Studio

A Flock of Flying Umbrellas Invades Portugal

The city of Águeda is awash in a strange kind of street art.

Photos
Courtesy: Build Up Japan

What Japan Would Look Like if it Were Made of 1.8 Million LEGOs

A group of students recreate the country.

Maps
Reuters

Which American Cities Won the Most Medals?

When it comes to the Games, the West Coast dominates.

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The Case for Weird Buildings, Indianapolis Skepticism, and a Renter's Respite: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.