Videos

Why Do We Keep Making Abominable Olympic Theme Songs?

One-upmanship is probably to blame.

A Practical Guide to 4th of July Fireworks Etiquette

Don't, for example, ingest fireworks. Do dive on top of blasters aimed straight for the crowds.

Advice to Aspirational Mega-Cities

They are our future. Here's what we need to do to make sure America's regions stay on track.

Happy 4th of July! From the World's Premiere Gunpowder Artist

Cai Guo-Qiang transforms fireworks into eardrum-shattering "smoke paintings" in cities across the world.

Was Hurricane Katrina Good for New Orleans's Schools?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu makes the case.

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New York City Fixes Mayhem-Causing Subway Stair

In a blow to the national humor reserve, Brooklyn's 36th Street stop will no longer be wantonly tripping commuters.

Mark McKeague

In the Future, Traffic Might Sound Less Like 'Honk' and More Like 'Eee-Beep-Boop'

A British designer wants to turn the noise of electric cars into a city-wide, experimental symphony.

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Watch the Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Over (In Dominoes)

Hasn't everyone wanted to see this happen?

Courtesy: Andrea Martiradonna

This Globe-Trotting Restaurant Makes a Pit Stop in London

The CUBE, a mobile restaurant and event space, has graced landmarks in Brussels and Milan. Now it's headed to England in time for the Games.

Nipwitz

Insane 'Free Skiing' in the Urban Ruins of Industrial Russia

A group of hardcore Finnish free-ski stylists are making amazing videos amid the urban landscapes of Northern and Eastern Europe.

Exertion Games Lab

This Is Not an Interrogation Device, Just a Super-Safe Bike Helmet

It may look like a radioactive Chambered Nautilus initiating a cranial death-grip, but the builders of the LumaHelm see a universe of possibility in its bizarre light-shell.

Courtesy: Deck Two

A Global City Mash-Up

Urban landmarks the world over, all squeezed into one work of art.

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War-Torn Homs, As Seen By Scooter

This short film is one of the few records of life in the city.

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The World's Biggest Post-It Note Mural

Eduardo Zamarro's "Wall of Happiness" celebrates the little-known "Institute of Happiness" in Madrid.

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Remember the Automat

Once a staple of the Manhattan lunch scene, the automat sees new life as a replica for an exhibit about lunch.

Prelinger Archive

How Road Maps Were Made in the 1940s

An educational film from Chevrolet explains what it took to make an accurate map.

What the Arts Add to Our Communities

A short video on new projects to liven up neighborhoods across the country.

Courtesy: Sigund Larsen

For the High Density Dweller, a Box For Everything

A box made with the apartment in mind, formed by a patchwork of drawers.

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Death Served Cold: Revisiting the Bloody 'Glasgow Ice-Cream Wars'

Animosity still lingers among Scottish ice cream-truck drivers long after the infamous gangland battles of the '80s.