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Shaping The City

We talk with architect Roger Lewis about a critic's role in keeping the public informed and designers honest.

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A Dash Of Olive Oil May Preserve Decaying British Cathedral

One of the world's most basic cooking ingredients could be the key to protecting some of Europe's most stunning buildings. The limestone used in England's 800-year-old York Minster is particularly vulnerable to pollution. The oleic acid in olive oil, British researchers say, may provide the protective coating needed to prevent further decay.
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Art Beat with Lauren Landau, Jan. 2

Printmakers and a painter unveil new works for the new year with openings today.

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Our Region Responds To The Newtown Tragedy

Kojo explores the overlapping issues of school safety, gun control and the challenges of talking to kids about tragic news.

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D.C. Gigs: Building (And Rebuilding) The National Cathedral

Our D.C. Gigs series continues as we tour the National Cathedral with a mason who helped build the iconic building, and is now helping with its repair.

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Architect Designed Exuberant, Optimistic Places

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Oscar Niemeyer is virtually responsible for the strikingly modern look of Brazil's capital and co-led the team that designed the U.N. building in New York City. Neimeyer died Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 104.
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Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Who Designed Brazil's Capital, Dies

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect was known for some of the world's most famous modernist buildings, including Brasilia's crown-shaped cathedral. He was 104.
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Battle Lines Drawn Over Old 'Miami Herald' Building

The Miami Herald's old headquarters on Biscayne Bay have been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami modernism architecture from the 50's and 60's. Demolition proponents — which include some prominent architects — say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving.

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