Why it's so hard to make unforgettable architecture.

What we build.
Aug. 9 2006 11:59 AM

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Why it's so hard to make unforgettable architecture.

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Click here to read a slide-show essay about the elements that make for an iconic building.

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Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.