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The pop-up city is an idea that dug its way into our collective brain a century ago as the first steel buildings rose — a dream that's as common in cartoons as it is in urban planning. And for the first time in history, it's technically possible.

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In a remote stretch of the Amazon rainforest, a skinny steel tower will soon rise over 300m into the sky — higher than the Eiffel Tower, way higher than the trees. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a joint effort by Brazil and Germany to figure out exactly how carbon dioxide fluctuates inside the South American rainforest, one of the "green lungs" of the planet.

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The seam where a city meets the country is an uncanny place. It's not rural, yet not exactly urban, either, a non-place often full of half-finished streets and isolated developments. Most of us only see these environments through the windows of our cars, but photographer Alexander Gronsky has spent the last four years in Moscow's outskirts, watching and photographing.

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At first glance, this winning design for a mixed-used complex in Zhejiang Province design by Liu Xisang seems like just another glassy tower project. But take a closer look at the facades, which are laced with a network of outdoor spaces spiralling upwards to connect the ground floor to the roof with a — nearly — continuous path of green.

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"I like watching these buildings burn," says Jing Jing Naihan Li, a young Beijing architect. That would normally come off as ominous, but in this case, it's awesome: Naihan makes candles that are modelled after the tallest buildings in the world. Because, after all, aren't skyscrapers just the candles on the glitter-covered double chocolate ganache birthday cake that is the city?