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Redeveloping Walter Reed

A proposal called "The Parks at Walter Reed" won the bid to redevelop the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. into a 3 million-square-foot town center project. We explore the proposal and what it means for the neighborhood and the District.

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Shaping The City: Setting Standards For Design

Governments have certain tools at their disposal that can influence how buildings look and feel. But zoning codes and building height limits can only do so much to affect the aesthetic designs behind private projects. Architect and Washington Post columnist Roger Lewis returns to explore what makes for good design and whether it's possible for the public sector to impose design standards and private endeavors.

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D.C. Debates Changes To Building-Height Limits

Local and federal officials are butting heads over the possibility of changing building-height limits in Washington, D.C.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Ups And Downs

From the roller coaster ride of the government shutdown to a woman who teaches aerobatics in the sky, we take a look at "ups and downs."

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Ancient Jewish Tradition Meets Contemporary Design

What happens when you ask architects to re-imagine a structure mandated by the Jewish holy book? A freaking cool cultural piece of art, that's what.
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Shaping The City: Placemaking Through Public Art

In communities across the country, government agencies and city councils are pairing with individual artists and arts nonprofits to create a stronger sense of place through art.

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Visit Paris And Venice In The Same Afternoon (In China)

Chinese developers have been building communities that mimic European cities, believing they would be a big draw for the newly wealthy in China. But so far, the appetite for the homes has been modest.
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In Los Angeles, Showcasing A City That Might Have Been

A exhibit at L.A's Architecture and Design Museum focuses on eye-popping buildings and structures that were imagined for the City of Angels — but never actually built.
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Shaping The City: The National Mall As America's Gathering Place

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we explore the role of the National Mall in hosting landmark events past, present and future.

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The Multimillion-Dollar Snafu Over $100 Bills

The Federal Reserve has sent 30 million newly designed $100 bills back to the printing presses this week. The new notes are already more than two years past their original circulation date. Host Scott Simon speaks with author and journalist David Wolman to find out why.

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