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    LDS CONFERENCE CENTER WELCOMES THE FAITHFUL

    Crowds and sacred places have always gone together. Perhaps no major religious group has ever been called to accommodate so many, so well, as the Mormons.

    Founded in upstate New York only a century and a half ago and based in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) now counts 11 million members around the globe, and expands at the rate of 300,000 per year.

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    A MORE COMFORTABLE CHILDBIRTH UNIT

    NBBJ has gone beyond common trends in women's healthcare facility design in transforming a rectilinear shell space within an existing hospital into a comforting healthcare environment for childbirth.

    The 32,000 square foot (3000-square meter) The Ohio State University (OSU) Doan Hall Maternity Center includes 12 private labor-delivery rooms, a Cesarean-section unit, recovery room, outpatient triage area, and a waiting area. The unit adjoins the previously remodeled neonatal intensive care unit, nurseries, and administration.

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    POSTCARD FROM BILBAO

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    Despite the fame of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum, most commercial tours of Spain do not yet include a visit to Bilbao, so I spent two day there on my own.

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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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    The Supreme Court of Iceland by Studio Granda — DesignArchitecture.com, 2001.0125

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