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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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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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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The Nirgul Tablet. Each digital replication becomes more complete and higher-resolution as the project collects more photos and videos of the artifacts. Project Mosul hide caption

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The new building's window-lined hallways are in stark contrast to the brutalist design of the Whitney's former home. Nic Lehoux/Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art hide caption

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The twisting Shanghai Tower (right) is the world's second-tallest building and opens soon. Shen Zhonghai/Gensler hide caption

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Architecture professor Diana Agrest evaluates her students' work during a class critique at Cooper Union in New York. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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The badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral is pictured on Sept. 7, 2011 during a tour given to foreign journalists visiting the city ahead of the rugby 2011 World Cup. England rugby manager Martin Johnson and several members of the playing squad visited the city to see the stadium and the city center which were damaged by an earthquake in February. Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Palm Springs houses like this represent classic midcentury modern style. Interest in the architecture, art and style of decades past is fueling Palm Springs' rising popularity among younger people. Keith Daly/Flickr hide caption

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After World War II, developer Joseph Eichler built well-designed and well-crafted tract homes that dotted California suburbs. Stephen Schafer hide caption

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Karen Van Lengen and James Welty created a multimedia installation to encourage visitors to experience buildings like Grand Central Terminal not only through their eyes, but also their ears. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption

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