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International Festival Brings Cutting-Edge Design to D.C.

This year marks the first Washington D.C. International Design Festival: a series of design-inspired public programs at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Va.

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How Did D.C. Become A City Of Bollards?

What's the deal with the thousands of bollards that ring federal buildings in downtown D.C.?

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The Science Behind Good Design

Why are some shapes more pleasing to us than others? And is beautiful design the same as good design? We explore what nature and science have to say.

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2013 Pritzker Winner Toyo Ito Finds Inspiration In Air, Wind And Water

"People who live in cities have become more isolated than ever," says the 71-year-old architect based in Tokyo. "I would like to use architecture to create bonds between people." Ito has designed stadiums, libraries, parks, theaters, homes and more in his four-decade career.
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Artist Prepares To Light Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge Like Never Before

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge "is the Rodney Dangerfield of bridges," as our friends at KQED say. While the Golden Gate gets respect and tourists, the Bay Bridge simply does its job. But the humble span will shine Tuesday, thanks to 25,000 LEDs.
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The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous

If you know what Frank Lloyd's Wright's Fallingwater looks like, you might have Ezra Stoller to thank.
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Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

Beauty vs. security. Some say the two can exist in the same space when it comes to America's embassies.

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