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With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold

In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there's a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.
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Can Better Design Save The Day In Future Natural Disasters?

The new "Designing for Disaster" exhibit at the National Building Museum explores how we can cope with natural disasters by building with resiliency in mind.

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Adapting Old Buildings for New Uses

Planners call it "adaptive reuse" -- renovating old buildings to bring them back to life. Kojo and architect Roger Lewis explore how such transformation is revitalizing D.C.

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Cave-Dwelling In Spain Offers A Welcome Inconvenience

In the province of Granada in Southern Spain, thousands of people live completely unplugged in caverns. The caves have been a place of refuge for centuries. Now they provide a new kind of escape.
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As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered

Myanmar's biggest city Yangon has a distinct old-world feel: blocks of colonial buildings, untouched during decades of poverty and isolation. Now, development could bring them crashing down.
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Gardening and Climate Change

With extreme weather becoming the norm, gardeners have to reconsider plant choices and garden care. We explore how the urban and suburban gardener can adapt to climate change, and even help offset some of its effects.

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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

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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Shaping the City: Designing for Disaster

Though some communities are able to prepare for -- and mitigate -- disaster from rusted steel and even forces of nature, others struggle to update structures that remain vulnerable to time and the elements. We talk about how designers and engineers are finding new ways to build aesthetically pleasing, disaster-resilient structures amid changing weather patterns and building codes.

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In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks

Lovebirds write their names on a padlock, attach it to something and toss the key. Sweet, right? Non, say opponents in Paris who want to ban a practice they say is damaging architecture and more.
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New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers

Some New Yorkers are upset about the changing skyline that rims Central Park. They say that as the sun goes behind some of the city's new tall towers, there's a chilling effect to their shadows.

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