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Tiny Houses And Micro-Units: Small Living Going Big In D.C.?

Developers and policy makers alike are investing in the concept of micro-living— small living spaces, often with communal, shared spaces— both as a solution for affordable housing and a luxury development trend.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 11, 2015

Winter is coming. But a play and museum exhibit will help you imagine yourself in beautiful gardens.

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Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community

The head of Syria's antiquities agency was in Italy making an appeal for help to stop the destruction of his war-torn country's cultural heritage at the hands of Islamic militants.
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Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless

Combating homelessness isn't just about shelter. Lately, some affordable housing projects are getting decidedly upscale — to help residents heal, adjust and build bonds with their new neighbors.

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The Modernization Of D.C.'s Public Libraries

Richard Reyes-Gavilan will oversee the modernization of D.C.'s main library branch. We'll sit down with him to discuss his plans and to see what a local library of the future will look like.

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Reston, Va. And The Legacy Of The Planned Suburb

Robert Simon left behind a legacy in Reston, Va., that continues to influence how neighborhoods are conceived and developed.

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Workers Are Tearing Down Tokyo's Hotel Okura, And History's Going With It

The landmark Hotel Okura's design didn't meet the need for more rooms for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Now, an icon of Japanese mid-century modern architecture will disappear.
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Gentrification's Latest Victim? D.C.'s Historic Murals

What happens when a street mural featuring Marvin Gaye or Frederick Douglass, two of the city's most famous African American residents, is knocked down or covered up to make room for a shiny new apartment building? We explore D.C.'s disappearing historic murals and what they reveal about the city's changing neighborhood demographics.

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Doomsday For The Dunes Of Plastic Balls: The End Comes For 'The Beach'

Dozens of volunteers moved more than 750,000 plastic balls this week from the National Building Museum's Beach installation to Dupont Underground, a creative arts institution in Washington, D.C.

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Frank Gehry's Lifelong Challenge: To Create Buildings That Move

With sculptural swoops and sweeps, Gehry, now 86, changed the course of architecture. Paul Goldberger, who has known the architect for 40 years, has written a new biography called Building Art.

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