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INDUSTRIAL FACILITY TURNS TO THE ARTS

An aging bus repair shop may seem an unlikely place for a progressive art school. But when the shop is a classic monument to mid-20th century industrial architecture, and when the school is eager to marry art and pragmatism, the result works beautifully.

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A MODERN HOUSE STEEPED IN MEXICAN TRADITION

We have just experienced one of our greatest joys as architects: designing and building a second home for ourselves in Mexico. Our goal was to create a house that would be strong, embracing yet transparent, and layered in color, form, and emotion: completely modern yet saturated with Mexican traditions.

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MORPHOSIS DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

If buildings really do reflect society's values, we can applaud the new Diamond Ranch High School in Diamond Bar, California. Here is a place where social conscience coexists comfortably with creativity and imagination. These qualities are all permanently inscribed in the landscape of the campus and its form.

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RITZY PRESERVATION SAVES PHILADELPHIA LANDMARK

About 97 years ago, the Girard Trust Bank commissioned the New York firm of McKim, Mead and White to construct a monumental new facility in Philadelphia near the City Hall. Bank president Effingham Morris wanted to make a dramatic statement forecasting a change in Philadelphia's center of business by having the bank modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.

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