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10 Outstanding Outdoor Spaces from Around the World

Because I'm married to an architect, I'm constantly sent links to wonderful architectural spaces and designs. Lately, I've been bookmarking them in groups. Below are my 10 favorite outdoor spaces collected over the last months. The only criteria for making this list: 1) The design must include some public, outdoor space. 2) Said space must be someplace I'd really want to hang out at and take my own photos. In the meantime, I give you these. Have you ever visited any of these places, especially the ones outside the U.S.? Tell us about it in the comments below.

1. PLAÇA NICARAGUA, BARCELONA, SPAIN


2. FORMULA FOR LIVING, COTHAM SCHOOL, BRISTOL, ENGLAND

3. SQUARE DES FRÈRES CHARON, MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC

4. AMAGER ARK, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK


5. CHARLOTTE AMMUNDSENS SQUARE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK




6. LANDHAUS, DRESDEN, GERMANY


7. THAMES BARRIER PARK, LONDON, ENGLAND



8. POD?ETRTEK SPORTS HALL, POD?ETRTEK, SLOVENIA


9. THE HIGH LINE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK



10. PROMENADE UND FLUSSBAD LETTENAREAL, ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND




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A homeowner in Cooroy, Queensland, Australia came home to find a rather frightening surprise in his garage: what appeared to be a large snake was actually a pair of breeding pythons. Fortunately, the eagle-eyed experts at Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional reptile relocation service, noticed that there was a second snake and snapped this photo after removing the first one. Would you have been able to spot the second slithery guy? Take a look at the photo above and see.

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When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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[h/t WIRED]

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