Hypnotic hyperlapse of Paris teleports you all over the beautiful city

Maxime Gaudet's hyperlapse experiment video of Paris lets you jump all over the city in 3 minutes. The video moves at such a frenetic pace that the feel of the video doesn't quite match up with the feel of the City of Love but it's still a lot of fun to watch because it feels like you're teleporting all over the place. » 3/29/15 11:00am Sunday 11:00am

Police Have Raided Uber's Parisian HQ

French police have raided the offices of Uber in Paris as the taxi service continues to operate in the city despite officials claiming that it breaks national laws. » 3/18/15 7:59am 3/18/15 7:59am

Mystery Drones Are Appearing Over Paris Landmarks

For the second night in a row, mysterious drones have appeared above Parisian landmarks. The authorities are baffled—and worried. » 2/25/15 10:50am 2/25/15 10:50am

This Guy Went Around the World In 80 Days The First Time He Traveled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt's world. So, he did what any logical 44 year old would do and set out on an an 80-day, round the world trip. It was the first time he'd ever left the country. This is what he learned. » 2/09/15 4:50pm 2/09/15 4:50pm

Paris as a Green and Sustainable Future City Is Even More Beautiful

Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities, with its landmarks, parks and the cobbled roads of Montmarte the envy of the world. Architectural progress can sometimes meet opposition when a city's iconic sights and historic look is challenged, but architects Vincent Callebaut's vision of a green, sustainable… » 1/19/15 7:15am 1/19/15 7:15am

The world's oldest basketball court has iron poles in the middle of it

Basketball is famously an all-American sport (invented by a Canadian). But thanks to an odd twist of fate and the YMCA, the world's oldest surviving basketball court is actually in France. Tucked away in a neighborhood of Paris, the handsome facility has parquet floors and iron pillars running down the middle of it.… » 11/20/14 1:07pm 11/20/14 1:07pm

This Clever Wardrobe Hides An Entire Apartment

Thanks to the increasing price of real estate in almost every growing city, apartments are growing smaller by the year. But thankfully, architects are getting more crafty with every reduction in size. Previously, I'd have written off an 8 square meter apartment as impossibly tiny for anything but my pet hamster — but… » 11/18/14 11:13pm 11/18/14 11:13pm

Paris Is Still Winning Its Battle Against Skyscrapers

Among first-world capital cities, Paris is fairly unique in its rejection of skycrapers: to date, there's only one, the Tour Montparnasse, in the center of the city. And thanks to a politically tense vote yesterday, things are set to stay that way. » 11/17/14 11:00pm 11/17/14 11:00pm

Sneak into Paris' homes with Gail Albert Halaban's voyeuristic photos

Photographer Gail Albert Halaban doesn't like the term voyeur, she is friendly window watcher. That's why this series of pictures called Paris Views don't look at all creepy but rather tender and beautiful. » 11/04/14 11:34pm 11/04/14 11:34pm

Butt Plugs, High Rent, Horses: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A giant sex toy is enraging Paris, high rents are challenging Brooklyn's churches, and one mayoral candidate has a rather interesting idea for tackling Oakland's transportation crisis. It's What's Ruining Our Cities! » 10/26/14 2:20pm 10/26/14 2:20pm

Paris and New York are not that different from the right angles

I love New York despite/because New Yorkers and I love Paris despite/because Parisians. This time-lapse compares their striking similarities—from the right angles. I only wish Paris shared New York's 24-hour life and New York shared Paris' joy de vivre.* » 10/24/14 11:31pm 10/24/14 11:31pm

Paris unclogs its sewers with giant balls of iron

Though it's been around since the Middle Ages, the sewer system beneath Paris won fame in the 19th century, when the city offered boat tours through the tunnels. This is also when an ingenious method for cleaning clogged tunnels was devised. It involves giant balls of iron and a lot of velocity. » 9/22/14 4:44pm 9/22/14 4:44pm

The Overgrown, Disused Railway That Still Runs Around Paris

Paris has a lot of history embedded in its sprawling urban grid, which has seen thousands of years of structural change. But even though space is at a premium, there are still spots that have evaded development and slowly drifted into obscurity. When photographer Pierre Folk was new to the city, he happened upon… » 8/26/14 5:19pm 8/26/14 5:19pm

Paris is even more beautiful through the viewfinder of a vintage camera

Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of Maison Carnot created this video showing the sights and life of modern Paris through a Pentax 67 viewfinder and the footage is breathtaking. I feel like I'm peering into a looking glass time machine, like the stuff is happening inside the camera years ago and not around it right now. » 8/26/14 12:17am 8/26/14 12:17am

Water Slides, Preservation, Ebola: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Los Angeles ponders the ethics of slip-and-sliding in a drought. UNESCO is being blamed for killing the cities it protects. Ebola is slowly decimating village by village in Africa. It's this week's look at What's Ruining Our Cities. » 8/24/14 2:00pm 8/24/14 2:00pm

Floods, Rats, and Dominoes: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Biblical floods swept through L.A. thanks to a water main break. Rats are overrunning Paris. And games—those dangerous diversions!—are being outlawed Seville, Spain. Hmm, does this sound like the end of days to anyone else? It's a Revelations-themed look at What's Ruining Our Cities! » 8/03/14 3:00pm 8/03/14 3:00pm

The Weird, Eerie World of China's Knockoff Cities

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China's knock-offs go way beyond fashion. » 7/30/14 12:04pm 7/30/14 12:04pm

This Glistening Steel Armadillo Now Occupies Downtown Paris

Relax, it's not a real armadillo. The hulking silver structure that now fills the inside of a city block in Paris is the new home to the Pathé Foundation. But this glisteningk, sinuous roofline sure makes it seem as though the structure's architects, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, just dropped a huge creature in… » 6/09/14 4:41pm 6/09/14 4:41pm

No, A Paris Bridge Did Not Collapse Under the Weight of Its Love Locks

Reports that a Paris bridge "collapsed" due to the weight of thousands of padlocks placed by lovesick tourists have been wildly over-exaggerated. A bridge did not "collapse," Not even "partially." In fact, there are people walking over the "collapsed" bridge right now. » 6/09/14 2:30pm 6/09/14 2:30pm

Why the Panthéon Is Covered In Black-and-White Faces

For the past two years, the Panthéon in Paris has been undergoing a renovation, its signature dome wrapped in a cute little plastic hat. This week, the 1790 structure revealed an art installation to tide tourists and residents over until the work is complete: thousands of black-and-white faces covering its marble… » 6/06/14 12:00pm 6/06/14 12:00pm