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

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

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

What Will Happen When All Paris Traffic Slows To 19 Miles Per Hour?

Sixty percent vehicles in Paris run on diesel, and the city is struggling to curb emissions—banning half its cars for a day, making public transport and bike shares free for a weekend, and pedestrianizing large swathes of the urban grid. Now, a new proposal by Mayor Anne Hidalgo will cap the speed limit at 30… » 5/27/14 5:20pm 5/27/14 5:20pm

This Iconic Parisian Swimming Pool Is Reborn After 25 Years of Neglect

For 60 years, the Piscine Molitor—tucked away in the leafy outskirts of Paris—was the height of French sophistication: an Art Deco destination for chic sunbathers and sophisticated celebrities to swim. Twenty five years ago it was closed and left to ruin—but now it's been faithfully restored to its former glory. » 5/26/14 10:00am 5/26/14 10:00am

Paris's Smog Has Gotten So Bad, It's Making Public Transportation Free

Ah Paris—city of light, city of love, city of smog? Unusually warm spring weather has trapped diesel car emissions, blanketing much of France in noxious and dangerous air pollution. It's gotten so bad that officials in Paris are taking the radical next step of making public transportation, bike shares, and electric… » 3/14/14 3:00pm 3/14/14 3:00pm

What if all the ads in the world were replaced by beautiful art?

Artist Etienne Lavie had a lightbulb bursting idea: what if all the advertisements we see on a daily basis in the street, on subways and billboards and so forth were replaced with beautiful works of art? Instead of seeing a C-list celeb shilling a sugar drink or a traditionally beautiful faceless model selling strips… » 2/06/14 10:30pm 2/06/14 10:30pm