Campaign calls for Paris ‘love locks’ to be banned

With Paris’s bridges groaning under the weight of an estimated 700,000 padlocks scrawled with lovers’ names, campaigners say it’s time to end the love locks ‘madness’.Read more

Pictures of the week: London’s Square Mile, by Polly Braden

Polly Braden began photographing the Square Mile of London in 2006, fascinated by the way that this City within the city operates. With its own Lord Mayor and independent police force, the Square Mile is something of an oddity, and Braden’s photographs pose the question, “What is this space in the middle of our city?” Read more

Photos: Polly Braden

The stretched middle: can Londoners cope with hundreds of new towers?

London’s relatively clear skyline, once dominated by St Paul’s Cathedral and, later, by Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and the Shard, is likely to get an awful lot more crowded over the coming years, with almost 250 tall towers proposed, approved or already under construction. Read more

Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Tall storeys: Lucinda Grange’s daredevil photography

British adventure photographer Lucinda Grange has travelled the world, scaling famous buildings and structures and taking pictures from the top. See more

Photographs: Lucinda Grange/Barcroft USA (click images for captions)

The New York subway photographs of Christopher Morris

This atmospheric series depicts the chaos and squalor of New York’s subway system in 1981, in all its graffitied glory. The then 22-year-old Christopher Morris – these days best known for his war photography – was interning at a photo agency. “I was new to New York, at the very start of my career, and I became mesmerised by the total urban decay, that was most visual with the subway system.” See more

Rival dragons have taken to some of Sydney’s most recognised landmarks in a picturesque ringing in of the lunar or Chinese new year. See the full gallery

Photograph: Geoff Jones/BridgeClimb

A really spectacular image … those clouds looks rather portentous and the way the light is breaking through at the heart of the frame seems almost apocalyptic. It was taken over Victoria harbour in Hong Kong, in case you’re wondering. From picture desk live: best news images of the day

Photograph: Philippe Lorez/AFP/Getty Images

The gargantuan size of Seoul, along with its numerous skyscrapers, creates an awe-inspiring view from the top of Namsan Tower. Mike Beech captures the intensity of this 24-hour city, home to half of South Korea’s population, but also its quieter moments, in this series of photographs


Photograph: Mike Beech

Photograph: ISS/NASA

One of the fascinating shots in our monthly gallery of images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites:

The city of Shanghai (right) sits along the delta banks of the Yangtze river along the eastern coast of China. It is the world’s most populous city (the 2010 census counted 23 million people, including “unregistered” residents). With so many humans, the city is a tremendous sight at night. The bright lights of the city centre and the distinctive new skyscrapers that form the skyline along the Pudong district (the eastern shore of the Huangpu river, a tributary of the Yangtze that cuts through the centre of Shanghai) make for spectacular night viewing both on the ground and from space. On the left is Suzhou located 120km from Shanghai

Photograph: Rain on Sibuya, by Michel Jones Photograph: Michel Jones

Part of the Guardian’s Tokyo city guide gallery of bloggers photos. See more cool Tokyo interactive city guide content and find out about the experiments here.