Paris

Armelle Caron

Can You Tell a City By Its Blocks?

What if blocks could be extracted, stripped of all but their essential form, and lined up for inspection? Would we know a place by the sum of its parts?

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The Homogenization of the Global Music Festival

Pitchfork Paris is a lot more Pitchfork than Paris.

Clément Briend

A Paris Park Morphs Into a Forest of Screaming Gargoyles

Now these are some trees with personality.

AZC

Architects Dream Up an Urban Moon Bounce for Paris

A design for an inflatable bridge at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Simon Bouisson

For the Discerning Brutalist, Here's Some Concrete Furniture

Note to movers: Lift from the knees.

Joanna Lurie

Romeo Meets Juliet: A Parisian Love Story Executed in Graffiti

"Partir" is a stop-motion tale of passion, separation, and white chalk.

FallingingWater Foundation

How Should We Celebrate Our Architects?

We may not think of architects as cultural heroes. But those who have made breakthroughs in how we live deserve recognition.

WEEN

The World's Most Luxurious Subway Ride

This Parisian train - inspired by the Palace of Versailles - has reclining seats! And frescoes!

Lineposters

The Most Elegant Transit Maps Ever

The Brooklyn couple behind Lineposters discuss their creative process and inspiration.

Christian Hartmann / Reuters

Paris Commemmorates Its 2006 World Cup Defeat, in Bronze

"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues to honor victories," a museum official explained. "It is an ode to defeat."

Alex E. Proimos/Flickr

Housing Shortage in Paris? Blame the Foreigners!

At least that's the popular attitude. But the truth is much more complicated.

Reuters

A Balancing Act for France's Muslims

Keeping belief alive in a country with a strong tradition of secularism.

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For a Weekend, Paris Lets the Masses Invade its Grandest Buildings

Over 300 sites, most of them off-limits the rest of the year, were open last weekend for the city's annual architectural open house.

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Europe's Great Untapped Revenue Source: Property Taxes

But will they take advantage of it?

When Building Demolitions Go Wrong

Cough, cough.

Sweatshoppe

Artists Cover Europe With Invisible Graffiti

In Video Painting Europe, Sweatshoppe uses ingenious infrared tracking to smear digital video over concrete surfaces with paint rollers.

Andrew Burton / Reuters

The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

The places with a disproportionate impact on what gets made, admired, and sold.

Courtesy VIctor Dover

Defining a Great Street

What makes some spaces better than others?

Courtesy of Eric Fischer

Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.