This Glistening Steel Armadillo Now Occupies Downtown Paris

Relax, it’s not a real armadillo. The hulking silver structure that now fills the inside of a city block in Paris is the new home to the Pathé Foundation. But this glistening, sinuous roofline sure makes it seem as though the structure’s architects, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, just dropped a huge creature in the middle of the City of Lights.

No, A Paris Bridge Did Not Collapse Under The Weight Of Its Love Locks

Reports that a Paris bridge “collapsed” due to the weight of thousands of padlocks placed by lovesick tourists have been wildly over-exaggerated. A bridge did not “collapse”. Not even “partially”. In fact, there are people walking over the “collapsed” bridge right now.

Why The Panthéon Is Covered In Black-And-White Faces

For the past two years, the Panthéon in Paris has been undergoing a renovation, its signature dome wrapped in a cute little plastic hat. This week, the 1790 structure revealed an art installation to tide tourists and residents over until the work is complete: thousands of black-and-white faces covering its marble surfaces.

What Will Happen When All Paris Traffic Slows To 30km/h?

Sixty per cent vehicles in Paris run on diesel, and the city is struggling to curb emissions — banning half its cars for a day, making public transport and bike shares free for a weekend, and pedestrianising large swathes of the urban grid. Now, a new proposal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will cap the speed limit at 30km/h. For the entire city.

This Iconic Parisian Swimming Pool Is Reborn After 25 Years Of Neglect

For 60 years, the Piscine Molitor — tucked away in the leafy outskirts of Paris — was the height of French sophistication: an Art Deco destination for chic sunbathers and sophisticated celebrities to swim. Twenty-five years ago it was closed and left to ruin — but now it’s been faithfully restored to its former glory.

Watch Three Cities Grow In These Pretty Visualisations

Paris is a bloodshot eyeball, São Paulo spreads out like a watercolour, and Los Angeles is a glorious mess. You can see how three very different metropolises expand and sprawl in these gorgeous animations produced as part of NYU’s Stern Urbanization Project, examining the growth of cities.

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In The Past And Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighbourhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing.

Paris's Smog Has Gotten So Bad It's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris — city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It’s gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares and electric car shares free to use all weekend.

What If All The Ads In The World Were Replaced By Beautiful Art?

Artist Etienne Lavie had a lightbulb bursting idea: what if all the advertisements we see on a daily basis in the street, on trains and billboards and so forth were replaced with beautiful works of art? Instead of seeing a C-list celeb shilling a sugar drink or a traditionally beautiful faceless model selling strips of underwear fabric, you’d see paintings and murals. The world would look so much more awesome.

A Plan To Turn Abandoned Subway Stations Into Pools, Bars And More

Abandoned subway stations have long been the playgrounds of squatters and urban explorers alike, but one French politician has higher hopes. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a candidate for mayor of Paris, wants to turn them into awesome entertainment and sports venues.