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    SMALL FIRM MAKES IT BIG

    When John Marx, AIA, was a senior designer at a large architecture firm, a joke circulated that "two guys and a fast computer" could accomplish more work, more quickly than a management-heavy design department. Indeed, with well-honed skills in both design and computer modeling, Marx often completed the firm's competition entries for very large buildings with a team of only two or three.

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    COMPUTER-AIDED CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE D. D. MARTIN HOUSE

    For decades, critics have analyzed Frank Lloyd Wright's fascinating and beautiful Darwin D. Martin House based on direct observation and 2D architectural drawings. This study uses CAD visualization techniques to re-evaluate both the traditional critical statements about Wright's design, and the house itself.

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    ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND VIRTUAL WORLDS

    The creation of "virtual worlds" has emerged as a new design field, a rapidly expanding area of study, and possibly even a new profession. As these worlds become increasingly important in our living environment, architectural practitioners and students need to rise to the challenge. But until now "living in the virtual realm" has raised more attention among philosophers and social scientists than among architects.

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