A piece of architecture is a fraction of a more extensive infrastructure. An experience of a building lingers, capturing the essence of a particular time and place. Modern architecture created motifs that traveled to other cities. Versions of these motifs often evoke a sense of familiarity when their variations are encountered. Some modern monuments’ direct relationship to past regimes puts them at risk of being neglected, destructed, repurposed, or even preserved for myriad reasons. Often, there is no comprehensive framework in place to address their significance or ensure their preservation. This podcast delves into the interpretation of monumental projects as evidence of intricate relationships between regimes. It also reflects on the intangible yet profound impact of stories and their transformative impact on architecture, revealing the complex interplay between politics, imagination, and the ever-changing nature of constructed environments.