Airport Shitstorm: Computer Error Stops All Flights From London

London's Heathrow Airport is always a stressful place, but travelers today are having a shittier time than usual. London airspace is restricted after a power outage spurred what the BBC describes as a computer error at an air traffic control center, meaning there will be plenty of delays, re-routes, and cancellations. » 12/12/14 10:50am 12/12/14 10:50am

Zaha Hadid Has Designed the World's Worst Billboard

Well, here it is: the world's worst billboard. Not that billboards are ever, like, especially great. And that's why for the most part, cities don't put up new ones. Or commission one by an architect known for her tone-deaf hubris. It's like Zaha Hadid swept up some of the trash from her vagina stadium in Qatar and… » 12/04/14 7:45pm 12/04/14 7:45pm

Here's how stunning the night sky would look if there were no lights

I wish we could turn of all the lights in the world just for one night and I wish that all the light pollution would disappear and I wish the darkness would reveal the night sky as it should look. As a stunning and glittering and spinning wonder that'll make me forget about life down here and dream about the beyond. » 12/04/14 1:21am 12/04/14 1:21am

This Dude Wants To Wear Oculus for a Month and Live As Someone Else

Virtual reality is used to transport us to other worlds, but usually just for a short burst here and there. One British artist is prepared to do it for much, much longer. Mark Farid wants to live in a gallery wearing a VR headset and noise-canceling headphones for 28 days, streaming another person's daily experiences. » 11/18/14 3:14pm 11/18/14 3:14pm

How a Secret Squad Saved London From Flooding in the WWII Blitz

When bombs rained down on London during the Blitz, they fell on houses, on churches, and, less famously, on embankments along the River Thames. The damaged embankments could have sent devastating floods through London, but they didn't—thanks to a group of engineers who worked secretly and at night. » 11/03/14 3:50pm 11/03/14 3:50pm

How London's Amazing New Subway Trains Were Designed

"I remember going on the Tube trains when I was very young, and thinking 'this is amazing'. The smell, the noise — the wooden floors, the wooden escalators of the time — incredible to think that we had those," says Paul Priestman, director and co-founder of London design agency Priestmangoode. » 10/22/14 7:48am 10/22/14 7:48am

Hipsters, Hipsters, and Hipsters: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Maybe it's the time of year. Maybe it's the weather? But people are extra cranky this week about fixie bikes and craft brews invading their cities. There's a definite anti-hipster vibe in the air, and it's global, from Portland, to Los Angeles, to London, to Iceland. What's Ruining Our Cities? HIPSTERS. » 9/21/14 2:00pm 9/21/14 2:00pm

Fatbergs, Naked Tourists, Bedbugs: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Summer's almost over but that doesn't mean we can't have one last warm-weather, city-ruining hurrah. Let's check out some exhibitionist visitors to Barcelona, unwelcome new passengers on the NYC subway, and an airplane-sized mass of congealed fat moving under London. What's Ruining Our Cities? These guys are. » 9/07/14 2:00pm 9/07/14 2:00pm

Watch two lunatics base jump off a rooftop bar in the middle of London

Here's a recipe for fun: Go up to the 48th floor of a skyscraper in London. Enjoy a beer at the rooftop bar. Change into your base jumping gear in the restroom. Make a beeline for the balcony and jump into the heart of London. Illegal? Probably. Fun as hell to watch? Absolutely. » 8/18/14 9:07pm 8/18/14 9:07pm

There's a Skate Park In an Old Tunnel Under London, And You Can Visit

Amongst the abandoned diggers, unexploded bombs, and Medieval bodies, a labyrinth of Tube tracks—both fully functional and obsolete—wind beneath the streets of London. Last week the city got a whole new subterranean social scene at the House of Vans, a series of five disused tunnels outfitted with bars, a diner,… » 8/13/14 8:25pm 8/13/14 8:25pm