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    CELEBRATING, RAIN AND SHINE

    The house called Rainwater is a complex composition of four simple volumes — residence, guest house, office, garage — each capped with a planar steel roof rakishly tilted to channel water down to a single cantilevered corner.

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    ARONOFF ADDITION - A FIELD GUIDE TO META-NARRATIVES

    I am often asked how I like the new Aronoff addition to the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, designed by Peter Eisenman. After all, I work there every day and I am an architect.

    Well, that's easy: I like it. It's airy and spacious, visually engaging, and reasonably functional. But, most important, it is entertaining to talk about.

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    ARCHITECTURE FOR THE GODS

    Recent religious architecture in the Americas appears at first to have no unifying theme, except for the fact (of course) that this architecture is for the gods.

    There is certainly no agreement on style: here you will find a bit of everything—Traditional, Historicist, Classical, Modern, and everything that has come after Modern, and is still coming. The gods, it appears, are much more relaxed about the sanctity of a proper style than your average architect is.

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    INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR LIFE

    After a long history of many uses, an industrial site in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, has been regenerated into an architectural celebration of life itself. The new £70 million International Centre for Life is seen as the flagship millennium project exploring genetic science in the UK.

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    Roots and Wings: Pittsburgh Childrens Museum by Koning Eizenberg Architects — DesignArchitecture, 2001.0111

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