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    POSTCARD FROM VALENCIA

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    Imagine my surprise one evening when, riding along the Pasada de Alameda in Spain, I saw in the distance several buildings that seemed to be almost floating in the dusk. They had to have been designed by Santiago Calatrava! Our guide confirmed this, and the next morning before dawn I hopped into a taxi and headed back to photograph them.

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    HOW ROWHOUSES SHAPED OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

    In North America, rowhouses go back to the days of the earliest European colonies. By the 1630s, English settlers in Jamestown, Virginia, and probably elsewhere, were putting up small groups of attached houses closely modeled on familiar English forms that had been built since medieval times.

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    MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN CUBA

    Book Review: The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925-65, by Eduardo Luis Rodriguez. Princeton Architectural Press, 2000, ISBN 1-56898-210-0.

    Cuba is not made only of sandy beaches and Spanish colonial buildings but has astounding works of modern architecture to present (and to preserve). If the recent movie, "The Buena Vista Social Club" didn't make it clear, this newly published guide to architecture in Havana from 1925 to 1965 surely will.

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    SMALL FIRM - GLOBAL REACH

    From offices in a nicely restored old house just a few doors from where Mark Twain lived in Hartford, Connecticut, the firm of Tai Soo Kim Partners has been creating contextually sensitive modern architecture in local, regional, and global markets for over thirty years.

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    Chicago Architecture Caught on Film — Associated Press, 2001.0111

    Design Series Focuses on Furnishings — Associated Press, 2001.0104

    Design Series Focuses on Furnishings — AP, 2001.0103.

    The Fountainhead and Father of the Woolworth Building — New York Times, 2000.1229 (registration required)

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