How An Architect Used Striking Design To Capture New Smithsonian's Meaning

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People look out at the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City in 2005, where construction had started on Freedom Tower. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building first opened to the public in October 1881, though back then it was known as the U.S. National Museum. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Top row: The Age of Magic by The Mouse Market, Gothic Bath by Samuel C. Miller III, Apartment 6D by Nix Gerber Studio. Bottom row: White House, White Room by J. Ford Huffman, Reverie of the Stars by Mars Tokyo Designs, My Castle and My Keep by Daisy Tainton. From "Small Stories: At Home In A Dollhouse" at the National Building Museum. Courtesy of the National Building Museum hide caption

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'The Battle For Home' Traces Syria's History Through Architecture

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The Architecture Project Behind Obama's Chicago Presidential Library

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U.S. Agency Tries Radical Rehab Technique On Aging Government Buildings

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The Triborough Bridge is seen under construction in New York City on July 10, 1935. The bridge, now known as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, connects Long Island with Manhattan. The Dutch Prime Minister is a fan of the biographer of Robert Moses, who was involved in building the bridge. Associated Press hide caption

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Architect Mark Kushner on stage at TED in 2014. James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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How Do Buildings Make Us Feel?

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Words You'll Hear: Gentrification

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The Shanghai Rowing Club (middle) was rescued after preservationists fought a proposed demolition. In the background to the left is the futuristic skyline of Shanghai's financial district, Lujiazui. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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After Decades, A Shanghai Preservationist Heads Home To America

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Renowned Iraqi-British Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

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Zaha Hadid stands before the Riverside Museum, her first major public commission in the U.K., in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2011. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Hadid on Fresh Air (2004)

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"Satellite imagery allows us to ... record information in different parts of the light spectrum ... that we simply cannot see with our human eyes." — Sarah Parcak Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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How Can Satellite Images Unlock Secrets To Our Hidden Past?

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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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