An Ode to the Decaying Playgrounds That Pepper America's Lawns

Growing up in a city or suburb, the playground was an indispensable part of childhood recreation. But the slides, swings, and see-saws you remember from decades ago barely resemble modern playground equipment. The photography in Brenda Biondo's Once Upon a Playground captures the faded glory of the 20th century relics. » 5/30/14 6:47pm 5/30/14 6:47pm

Christo's Gigantic Indoor Balloon Will Dwarf the Senses

The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been staging large-scale site-specific art installations for decades. These projects have ranged from a red curtain spanning a Colorado valley, entire buildings literally wrapped in fabric, and thousands of orange gates lining Central Park in NYC. They are all grandiose—and… » 3/19/13 4:40pm 3/19/13 4:40pm

Shang-Highed: On Top of the World's Tallest Observatory

It's an unfortunately foggy morning in Shanghai, but from where I am, the crappy weather only adds to the feeling of standing in the middle of clouds. I'm towering almost half a kilometer over the rest of the city, on the highest man-made observation deck in the world, the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial… » 11/05/08 12:00pm 11/05/08 12:00pm

Flying Cars, Cloud Cities and Other Forgotten Inventions of Buckminster…

Buckminster Fuller might best be known for the molecules named after him and dome designs that inspired structures such as the Epcot center. But even more impressive is The New Yorker's rundown of Fuller's life and forgotten inventions, such as his three-wheeled, all-terrain car with a periscope, cities designed to… » 6/02/08 11:00pm 6/02/08 11:00pm