Words You'll Hear: Gentrification
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Encore: Housing Costs Inspire London Builders To Create Underground Mansions
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Designed by architect William Krisel, this tract house was built in the Twin Palms neighborhood of Palm Springs, Calif., in 1956. Darren Bradley/Courtesy of Darren Bradley hide caption

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Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses
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James Goldstein has just announced that he will donate his landmark Los Angeles residence — designed by architect John Lautner --€” to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Minimal is the word ... " he says. "Everything is simple and at the same time beautiful." Jeff Green/LACMA hide caption

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This House Is A Work Of Art, So The Owner Is Donating It To A Museum
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2016 Pritzker Prize Goes To Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena
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"Cities are meant to be for people. They are meant as places for people to come together." — Amanda Burden James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Can Public Spaces Change A City's Character?
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A photo of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, Syria, released May 17, shows the site where Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch and ancient temples. SANA/AP hide caption

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Syrian Antiquities Chief Calls For Help From International Community
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A rendering of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of Community Solutions hide caption

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Sanctuary, Not Just Shelter: A New Type Of Housing For The Homeless
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The entrance to the main building of Japan's iconic Hotel Okura in Tokyo. An outcry from architectural preservationists couldn't stop the demolition to make way for a high-rise tower. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers Are Tearing Down Tokyo's Hotel Okura, And History's Going With It
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It took volunteers 25 hours to move 750,000 plastic balls from the National Building Museum's "Beach" installation to Dupont Underground, a creative arts institution in Washington, D.C. Christina Cala/NPR hide caption

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Doomsday For The Dunes Of Plastic Balls: The End Comes For 'The Beach'
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Frank Gehry designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. "I love going to Bilbao. ... People come out and hug me," he says. "We all need love." Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Frank Gehry's Lifelong Challenge: To Create Buildings That Move
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Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring stares back at cellphones at the Frick Collection in New York City. "The art museum used to offer objects, works of art, the finest that we have," Lewis says. "And it's gone from offering objects to offering an experience." Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People Love Art Museums — But Has The Art Itself Become Irrelevant?
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The Tulane City Center helped design and build New Orleans' Grow Dat Youth Farm, which employs local, disadvantaged high school students and teaches them about urban agriculture. Will Crocker/Courtesy of Tulane University hide caption

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After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder
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This gargantuan beauty was built during the 1999 Delaware State News Sandcastle Contest. The castle was lost all too soon in a tragic high-tide accident. Grant L. Gursky/Associated Press hide caption

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Blueprints Before High Tide: An Architect Explains The Perfect Sandcastle
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Museumgoers play in the 10,000-square-foot exhibition called "The Beach" at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Noah Kalina/National Building Museum hide caption

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Take A Trip To D.C.'s Indoor Beach, Where It's Always 75 And Sunny
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Chicago To Replace Famed Ferris Wheel With Taller One
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St. Laurentius, a polish Catholic church in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, was closed in March amid fears that it would collapse. Since then, the community has pushed back to save the historic building. Kim Paynter/WHYY hide caption

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In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church
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A Philadelphia mural entitled You Go Girl by Jetsonorama and Ursula Rucker. This is just one of many murals that the city's Mural Arts Program helped to create. Steve Weinik/Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program hide caption

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Detroit's iconic Fisher building has an ornate interior full of marble, bronze and art deco design. Paige Pfleger/NPR hide caption

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Detroit's Iconic Fisher Building Up For Auction
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