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Encore: Housing Costs Inspire London Builders To Create Underground Mansions

High housing costs are encouraging Londoners to build down instead of up. They're digging out basements to create underground mansions. This story originally aired on Jan. 4, 2016 on Morning Edition.
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Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses

Nearly 60 years ago, William Krisel did everything he could to break the monotony of tract housing. In the process, he proved that modernism could be both livable and affordable.
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This House Is A Work Of Art, So The Owner Is Donating It To A Museum

This dramatic home — which you might recognize from The Big Lebowski — clings to the side of a canyon above Los Angeles. It's being given to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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Pop-Ups, Parking, and Mom-And-Pop Shops: New Zoning Rules For The District

The term "zoning" puts many to sleep, but new rules in the District address hot-button issues: adding floors to row-houses, renting out English basements, and parking minimums for new apartment buildings. We consider how the regulations will affect local neighborhoods, and how they compare to nearby jurisdictions.

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Environmental Outlook: The Growth Of Large-Scale Indoor Urban Farming

From Newark to Tokyo, large-scale indoor farms are being built in and around cities worldwide. Proponents argue they provide fresher crops to local consumers, while cutting transportation costs, carbon emissions and water use. But skeptics say they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. The pros and cons of indoor urban agriculture.

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The "Instagramification" Of D.C.

How many pictures have you seen of the Washington monument on your Facebook feed? Probably too many to count.

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Immigration Reform And The Psychology of Local Voters

As the Obama administration steps up deportation raids of some undocumented immigrants, our region's officials and lawmakers are responding in very different ways, including debating the role of local law enforcement. We consider the ways emotion influence this issue in various parts of the region.

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2016 Pritzker Prize Goes To Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena

Aravena, 48, is known for his socially conscious, sustainable design, often executed at staggering speed and on minuscule budgets.
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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace (Rebroadcast)

Like the nature of white-collar work itself, the concept and design of the office has evolved over more than a century, from the counting-houses of nineteenth-century clerks to the cubicles we love to hate. Author Nikil Saval joins us to explore the history of our workspaces.

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Beyond Green: Sustainability And The "Living Building" Challenge (Rebroadcast)

Kojo learns about our region's very first "Living Building" in Prince George's County, and finds out how the District's own plans for supergreen affordable homes and sustainable buildings could impact residents and the environment.

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