Dear New York: Please Make Subway 'Grinding' a Felony. Now.

A recent ruling sets a precedent for transit sex abusers to roam free.


Turn Your Old Phone Booths Into Aquariums

A Japanese artist fills an old phone booth with water and goldfish, to the delight of passers-by.

Yumi Tsushima

A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers

A new "green island" on top of a mall comes with more than 80 kinds of plants and an air purification system.

Daici Ano

Bird House? Try a Bird Apartment Building

This swanky avian domicile can fit up to 78 finch families and one human voyeur.


Turning 100,000 Unwanted Toys Into Art

In Tokyo, an artist creates sculpture with old toys, plastic and wire.

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The World's Leading Cities for Fashion

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


Finally, a Motorcycle Powered by Farts

Toilet Tuesday checks in on the always-exciting Japanese bathroom scene.


The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.


Cities Are Making Natural Disasters Deadlier

Poor design and over-development have put our burgeoning urban centers at serious risk.

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.


What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

You've Heard of Skyscrapers. But What About a 'Depthscraper'?

It's basically a giant hole in the ground, designed to withstand Japanese earthquakes.


Hiroshima, 67 Years Later

Communities across the world remember and agitate for changes to nuclear regulations.

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The Geography of James Bond

Who's been to more cities, you or 007?

A Wild 'Where's Waldo' Portrait of Tokyo

Find the Kabuki actors, sushi rolls, and emoticons hidden in this massive mural.

United Nations

Confirmed Stereotype of the Day: Brazilians Love to Dance

The World Cities Culture Report came out today, and most of what you thought is true.

Does This 13-Foot-Tall Japanese Robot Really Exist?

We're calling B.S. on this fully armed, $1.3 million deathbot.

8 Truly Embarrassing City Souvenirs

From a Lady Liberty comb to 'I Heart London' nail clippers.

Mapping Tokyo's Train System in Slime Mold

In the future, urban planners could lose their jobs to ultra-efficient slime molds.