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Shaping The City: Designing New Buildings On College Campuses

Universities are big land-owners in the DC region, and many of them are building new facilities. We explore the tensions and pressures that influence design and construction on campus.

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King Of Thrones: America's Best Restroom Is In Minneapolis

It pays to be unique when you're going for the title of best restroom in the land. Design details are crucial. It also doesn't hurt if patrons can relax in a fantasy setting and grab a drink from a window connecting to a bar.
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Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit organization that's based in Chicago, will make the final decision on Friday. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.
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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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