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German photographer Julia Leeb just published her stunning collection of images exploring life inside North Korea, and Curbed National has an inside look at the hyper-isolated country's architecture and artifice. Because architecture is so often used and commissioned as a symbol of wealth and power, the buildings of North Korea tell the story of dystopia—one filled with icons of dictators, dizzying towers of communal housing, and a hotel that, despite once being in the running for world's tallest building, remains nothing but an empty shell. Read on. [Curbed National]