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.

Stinkhole Becomes Super-Pool With A Splash Of Pink In Paris

Public pools in disrepair are sad to see and even grosser to go into. Atlas Sports Center was one such rundown, 1970s-era relic in Paris — a grubby stinkhole that had seen better days — but local firm Yoonseux Architectes transformed it into an ultra-modern spot to strip down and do a few laps (if you’re not doing intervals, because that definitely doesn’t look like 25 yards).

What A City Would Look Like Without Any People In It

Paris is the city of love. It’s a city of style. A city of taste. It’s a city where life ballets itself around you. Now imagine that dreamy Paris without any people. Without any life. Without any love. Scary! Claire and Maxime of Menilmonde filmed Paris and deleted people, cars and life from the footage and came with this deeply unsettling short.

Explore A Turn-Of-The-Century Parisian Landmark On The Back Of A Drone

Drone photography: If you’re not against it because of the Constitution, you’re against it because of how over-hyped it is. But in the hands of enterprising architecture fans, unmanned airborne cameras are also letting us explore some of the most important structures ever built from entirely new angles. Today, it’s Paris’ 1897 glass-and-steel icon, the Grand Palais.

Every Public Sculpture Should Be A Full-Size Chrome T-Rex

Every public, abstract sculpture in the world suddenly seems super lame. Why? Because right now there’s a full-scale, blinged-out Tyrannosaurus Rex standing over the Seine in Paris. Nothing will ever be the same again.

A Horizontal Rainbow Makes For Easier Trips To Oz

We’ve all seen our share of quadruple rainbows and rainbows from space, but it’s not to often you catch on lying down one the job. A particularly lazy refraction showed up in Paris the other day, but it’s not quite as it seems.