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After the Quake: Repairing DC's Monuments

Four years ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook our region and caused millions in damage. Particularly hard hit were two of DC's best known structures: the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. We speak with those involved in repairing the damage and a photographer who was able to shoot extraordinary images during the process.

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People Love Art Museums — But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant?

Don't be fooled by museums' strong attendance numbers, says professor Michael Lewis. He argues today's art world is a Potemkin village, whose gleaming facades mask an indifference for the art itself.
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Reimagining College Park

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh is leading an effort to transform College Park and boost its appeal. He joins Kojo and architect Roger Lewis to talk about his vision for a renovated college town.

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After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder

The storm marked a turning point for the school. Now, instead of focusing on historic preservation, it encourages students to design spaces with and for New Orleans' low-income neighborhoods.
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Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle

Famed architect Renzo Piano is best known for his massive skyscrapers and innovative designs. But the sandcastle enthusiast also has thoughts on how to plan a building that's a bit more ephemeral.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 9, 2015

You can release your inner child at an architecture installation or hire a babysitter for your actual child and go see a violent Capital Fringe play.

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Take A Trip To D.C.'s Indoor Beach, Where It's Always 75 And Sunny

The National Building Museum has created an unusual oasis — an ocean of 700,000 plastic balls — where D.C. locals and tourists can take refuge from the city's sweltering heat.
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Architects Say Beyonce Inspired Australian Skyscraper

The architects of an office tower planned for Melbourne say its silvery curves pay homage to Beyonce. The design has an uncanny resemblance to the star's body.
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Chicago To Replace Famed Ferris Wheel With Taller One

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Alexander Eisenschmidt, an assistant professor of architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago, about the new Chicago Ferris Wheel.
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In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city's oldest Polish church, but it's facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.

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