The Brutally Beautiful Wastelands of Outer Moscow

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… » 1/29/14 4:50pm 1/29/14 4:50pm

Moscow Is Building Its First New Park In 50 Years

Moscow has chosen a design for its first new public park in half a century. Zaryadye Park will sit on a 13-acre site that's been host to some colorful history: The homes of 16th century aristocrats, 18th century peasants, a Stalin-ordered redevelopment, a failed plan to build the city's tallest skyscraper, and finally, … » 11/13/13 11:02am 11/13/13 11:02am

Female Terrorists' Explosive Breast Implants? Really?

British intelligence service MI5 has discovered that Al Qaeda female suicide bombers are getting explosive charges inside their breasts, using a similar procedure to breast augmentation. This makes bombs almost impossible to detect at airports. But there's something strange here. » 3/30/10 12:59pm 3/30/10 12:59pm

iPhone to Cost $990 in Russia: Yakov Smirnoff Has New Material

If you thought this post was going to contain a "in Soviet Russia" joke-think again. Besides, spending a whopping $990 on an iPhone is hardly a laughing matter. Actually, the price is a bargain compared to the 600,000 or so iPhones » 8/25/08 6:00pm 8/25/08 6:00pm that have hit the market through unauthorized sales-but it is still well out of the…

World's Largest Hourglass Filled With Silver Balls and a Luxury Sedan…

For its 7 series Euro launch in Moscow, BMW constructed the monstrosity you see here and filled it with 180,000 silver balls that slowly revealed their new oligarch cruiser. Funny they should pick the city with probably the highest ominous-luxury-sedan-with-90%-window-tint concentration per capita on the continent. I… » 7/15/08 11:45am 7/15/08 11:45am

Dynamic Tower Skyscraper: Every Floor Self-Rotates, Powered by Wind…

Italian architect David Fisher is building his first skyscraper, the Dynamic Tower, and it happens to be one of the most ambitious construction plans since the Pyramid of Khufu. Every floor of the 80-story self-powered building rotates according to voice command, and nearly the entire structure of the $700 million… » 6/24/08 10:30pm 6/24/08 10:30pm

World's Biggest Building Coming To Moscow: Looks Like It Will Be…

Christmas may be over, but if designer Sir Norman Foster has his way, everyone in Moscow will be staring at a 1500-ft-tall, 27 million square foot, $4 billion dollar Christmas tree every day of the year. The structure, dubbed "Crystal Island," is being described as a "city within a building" and will feature 900… » 12/26/07 6:00pm 12/26/07 6:00pm