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Spite Houses: 12 Structures Built Just to Annoy People

These houses, apartment buildings and commercial structures weren’t built as they are because the owners really loved the view or particularly wanted a ...

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Tsunami Ark: Handmade Flood-Proof Floating Wood Capsule

Former Facebook and PayPal employee Chris Robinson is two years into an epic backyard project rising behind his home in Palo Alto: a structure dubbed the ...

Art Brake: OZ’s Awesome Traffic Light Signal Boxes

Traffic light signal boxes are found near traffic lights but unlike the latter, the former aren't designed to attract the eye... unless they're in Australia.

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City vs. Suburb: Walking One Mile in Streets or Culs-de-sac

A tale of two neighborhoods, these graphics (and their hybrid) stunningly illustrate how much further you can get on foot when you take a walk through an ...

Real Life Photoshop: Giant Eraser Takes Out Urban Scenery

In another case of Photoshop invading the real world in three dimensions, giant erasers are appearing all over urban surfaces in London. Murals, street signs, ...

Liters of Light: DIY Solar from Used Bottles, Bleach & Water

Now setting its sights on a million homes, the organization behind this remarkably cheap approach to solar home lighting has already transformed the lives of ...

Futurbanist: 10 Award-Worthy 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Designs

From 3D-printed towers of sand to garbage-powered architecture of the seas, these eVolo Skyscraper Competition entries push the envelope in every possible ...

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Need a Lift? Road Elevator Boosts Cyclists up Steep Hills

If there’s a particularly daunting hill on your cycling or stroller-pushing route, you may have already thought to yourself, “I wish there were ...

Derelict Dubai: 7 Sandy Abandoned Wonders of the UAE

Known for its extravagance and disdain for rational limits, Dubai never shies away from incredibly ambitious architectural projects – but when they fail, ...

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Urban Jungle Street View: 3D Hack Uses Hidden Depth Data

An explicitly illicit use of dimensional data buried in Google Street View, the Urban Jungle project adds eerie layers of post-apocalyptic green overgrowth to ...