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The Miniwelt (Miniworld) park in Lichtenstein, Germany, contains roughly 100 models at 1:25 scale, including one of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The Miniwelt (Miniworld) park in Lichtenstein, Germany, contains roughly 100 models at 1:25 scale, including one of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Credit: Jens Meyer/Associated Press

Quote of the Day: "If George Lucas indeed builds his vanity museum in Chicago, San Francisco's contribution may be that we helped nudge the 'Star Wars' creator out of his aesthetic comfort zone for the first time since he started making sequels to his sequels and re-releasing his re-releases."—Critic John King. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Maps of the Day: The number of building permits issued per capita by state. [U.S. News & World Report]

Six More Stories for Thursday:

Londoners are selling their pricey pads and moving to the country. [The Wall Street Journal]

Chronicle Books will reprint Paul Rand's 1947 classic, Thoughts on Design, to coincide with what would have been Rand's 100th birthday. [Fast Co.Design]

Despite Washington, D.C.'s Height Act, architects and developers still find ways to raise the city's horizontal skyline. [Washington Business Journal]

Dutch firm Waterstudio will construct a floating hotel in the Arctic Circle with optimal views of the Aurora Borealis. Early renderings reveal a snowflake-shaped structure with a glass roof. [The Telegraph]

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, has been charged to appear in court as a suspect in an investigation of a 2008 public construction contract with the government of Valencia, Spain, to design a building for a convention center. [Reuters]

The Oakland A's are in talks with an architect about building a new baseball stadium at the Oakland Coliseum site. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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