Krisel said he wouldn't like to live in the desert, "but I like it as a locale for my architecture." Above, one of his designs perched on a mountain in California. Darren Bradley/Courtesy of Darren Bradley hide caption

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William Krisel, Architect Who Helped Define California Modernism, Dies At 92

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Getty Museum Acquires Collection Of Architect Frank Gehry

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The Pompidou Center, whose provocative design horrified critics 40 years ago in Paris, is now a beloved destination for French and foreign visitors. Guilhem Vellut/Flickr hide caption

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622 Pieces — That's How Many Legos It Takes To Build An NPR Headquarters Model

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The Millennium Tower has gained notoriety as "The Leaning Tower of San Francisco." Residents of the luxury condominium building and the city are suing the developer. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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San Francisco's 'Leaning Tower' Has Residents Fuming

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A cruise ship passes Venice's St. Mark's Square at sunset in September. Up to 90,000 tourists fill the city every day, far outnumbering the 55,000 residents. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Tourists Crowd Out Locals, Venice Faces 'Endangered' List

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Amatrice's Basilica di San Francesco was among many centuries-old buildings damaged in Italy's Aug. 24 quake. The national police's art squad is documenting damage and salvaging priceless works of art from this and other churches in the region. Italian Carabinieri /AP hide caption

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When Cultural Heritage Is At Risk, Italy's Art Police Come To The Rescue

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People walk past a replica of an ancient statue of a human-headed winged bull from Nimrud, Iraq, destroyed by the Islamic State. It's part of an exhibition called "Rising from Destruction" at Rome's Colosseum. Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Replicas Of Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS 'Rising From Destruction' In Rome

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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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