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Shaping The City: Capturing Spirit In Architecture

The Roman architect Vitruvius once said structures needed to have form and function, but they also needed to evoke "delight." More than 2,000 years later, architects still struggle to delight modern audiences amid changing aesthetics, tight budgets and space constraints. While capturing the spirit of a place is one of the toughest challenges for architects and planners, new designs both locally and around the world are doing just that, and receiving international accolades in the process. We explore how design can capture — or completely ignore — the spirit, history and culture of our surroundings.

Kalevalakehto, A Boat-Like Wood Design In Finland

Inspired by the themes of the 19th century Finnish epic "Kalevala," this structure was built to be a meeting place for quiet contemplation or dialogue. It is located on Seurasaari Island in Helsinki, Finland.

The Inspiring Home Of Architect Travis L. Price

Price calls his home in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park his "treehouse." Built in 2001, the four-level home is supported by two red steel columns bolted to concrete footers buried deep underground and anchored by steel rods in the front and back.

Tale Of The Tongs Temple

Surrounded by 6,000-year-old Celtic ruins, the 2013 Tale of the Tongs project explored the connection between Irish culture and landscape and the unique history of the inhabitants on the island of Inishturk.

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