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The World's Oldest Basketball Court Has Iron Poles In The Middle Of It

Basketball is famously an all-American sport (invented by a Canadian). But thanks to an odd twist of fate and the YMCA, the world’s oldest surviving basketball court is actually in France. Tucked away in a neighbourhood of Paris, the handsome facility has parquet floors and iron pillars running down the middle of it. It looks dangerous as hell.


This Clever Wardrobe Hides An Entire Apartment

Thanks to the increasing price of real estate in almost every growing city, apartments are growing smaller by the year. But architects are thankfully getting more crafty with every reduction in size. Previously, I’d have written off an 8sqm apartment as impossibly tiny for anything but my pet hamster — but after seeing this design, I’m not so sure.


Paris Is Still Winning Its Battle Against Skyscrapers

Among first-world capital cities, Paris is fairly unique in its rejection of skycrapers; to date, there’s only one, the Tour Montparnasse, in the centre of the city. And thanks to a politically tense vote yesterday, things are set to stay that way.


Sneak Into Paris' Homes With Gail Albert Halaban's Voyeuristic Photos

Photographer Gail Albert Halaban doesn’t like the term voyeur, she is friendly window watcher. That’s why this series of pictures called Paris Views don’t look at all creepy but rather tender and beautiful.


Paris And New York Are Not That Different From The Right Angles

Video: I love New York despite/because New Yorkers and I love Paris despite/because Parisians. This time-lapse compares their striking similarities — from the right angles. I only wish Paris shared New York’s 24-hour life and New York shared Paris‘ joy de vivre.


Paris Unclogs Its Sewers With Giant Balls Of Iron

Though it’s been around since the Middle Ages, the sewer system beneath Paris won fame in the 19th century, when the city offered boat tours through the tunnels. This is also when an ingenious method for cleaning clogged tunnels was devised. It involves giant balls of iron and a lot of velocity.


The Overgrown, Disused Railway That Still Runs Around Paris

Paris has a lot of history embedded in its sprawling urban grid, which has seen thousands of years of structural change. But even though space is at a premium, there are still spots that have evaded development and slowly drifted into obscurity.


Paris Is Even More Beautiful Through The Viewfinder Of A Vintage Camera

Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of Maison Carnot created this video showing the sights and life of modern Paris through a Pentax 67 viewfinder and the footage is breathtaking. I feel like I’m peering into a looking glass time machine, like the stuff is happening inside the camera years ago and not around it right now.


The Weird, Eerie World Of China's Knockoff Cities

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion.


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.


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