In freezing rain and scorching heat, Wall Dogs, the midair muralists who paint advertisements on New York City’s walls, haul cans of paint ten stories in the air to create the giant, detailed paintings that decorate the city’s skyline.
This roundup of the most astonishing and interactive sidewalk art features installations from Chicago, Bourges, France, and Duisberg, Germany. Keep scrolling until the end—we promise it’s worth it.
Imagine a city where London’s Shard and New York’s Chrysler Building shared the skyline. Artist Mark Lascelles Thorton takes it one step further, creating an incredibly detailed imaginary city of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. This ambitious drafting project, “The Happiness Machine,” will be eight feet long and five feet wide when complete.
The City of New York is hosting a design competition to reinvent the 11,000 payphone kiosks that dot the city. This public design challenge seeks to rally urban designers, planners, technologists, and policy experts to reimagine the future of payphones in a world of cell phones and digital media.
In Edmonton, Alberta, where temperatures get down to -25 °F in winter, one mother devised a plan to entertain her daughter’s boyfriend, visiting from New Zealand. Her challenge? Build a rainbow igloo. We may never see a plain white igloo again.
Travel back in time to 1949 New York in this tourism video featuring shots of the Bowery, Chinatown, and the Flatiron Building. Conspicuously missing? The Empire State Building’s iconic spire, which wasn’t added until 1952.
Since March 2011, 4,460 people in Tehran have died from air pollution. The cause? Cars. Seventy to eighty percent of pollution in the city is caused by poor combustion systems in vehicles, according to the director of Tehran’s air-quality-monitoring services.
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