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Facebook Is Using Famous Instagrammers To Show Off Its New Office

Facebook’s fancy new digs designed by Frank “Architecture Is Shit” Gehry opened today, delivering the latest architectural smackdown in the ongoing space race between various Silicon Valley corporate campuses.


A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks

The number of deaths linked to drunk passengers who wander off the platform and onto the tracks has steadily increased over the years. But a new study of these falls shows that many of them occur in the same way — and that there might be a few simple ways to prevent some of them.


Russian Oligarch: Let's Build A Superhighway From Russia To The US

Route 66. The Autobahn. The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development? The head of Russia’s railway system has proposed a superhighway through Siberia across the Bering Strait that would link Europe with the United States through Russia.


This Video Is Proof That Tokyo Is The Most Unique City In The World

Video: Japan can be both mystical and effortlessly modern but what makes the country so special is how unique it is. The chaos and quirks and creativity and energy of Tokyo all combine to create a city filled with things that exist no where else. Tokyo is an original and this video by Takuya Hosogane does a fantastic job in capturing that.


The Tallest Tower In Europe Will Be ... In A Quaint Swiss Village?

A new tower designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne was announced today which, when complete, will be the tallest building in Europe. Is it in Moscow? London? Frankfurt? Nope. Mayne’s shiny slab will stab the sky in the tiny hamlet of Vals, Switzerland.


Good Afternoon, New York

Video: There have been countless movies and time lapses and short videos made about New York and yet I can watch new ones about the city forever because they somehow never get old. Here’s one that I like by Tucker Prescott which shows New York City around the turn of the New Year. It captures all aspects — tourist spots, the streets — of the city pretty well.


The Secret Colour-Coded Language Of Graffiti Abatement

More than anything else in our cities, graffiti and its removal creates a dynamic, ongoing visual conversation that plays out across pretty much every urban surface. Over at Medium’s Re:Form, Ian Besler investigates the process with Los Angeles’s graffiti abatement program, which removed one square mile of graffiti from LA’s streets in 2014.


US Police Can Search Licence Plate Scans To Find Your Favourite Bar

The licence plate reader (LPR) cameras installed in most US cities allow police to track cars and their drivers who are potentially engaged in criminal activities. But depending on the way police store the data, it Ars Technica found out, anyone might be able to access this information.


4 Instant Cities That Are Still Empty

Cities are like organisms. They’re the product of unthinkably complex forces, and they wax and wane based on more than just us humans. But that hasn’t stopped humanity from trying to force them into being artificially — to sometimes disastrous ends.


The Crazy, Broken Food Superhighway That Supplies America's Produce

You might know that a lot of produce moves from Mexico to the US. But the infrastructure and economics of that system are incredibly screwed up — like throwing heaps of ripe tomatoes into a landfill screwed up.


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