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ONLINE TRIP TO THE TAJ MAHAL

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India is arguably one of the world's most beautiful architectural treasures. Armchair Travel, Ltd. now makes it possible for tourists, historians, researchers, and students to take an interactive "virtual walk" around this building and its gardens over the Internet. Through QuickTime animation technologies, visitors can both see the site and hear narratives about its history through simple mouse-click navigation.

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THE THEATERS OF HARDY HOLZMAN PFEIFFER ASSOCIATES

The wisest thing ever said to me about the connection between the theater and architecture was a teacher's offhand remark that architecture didn't matter at all. "The greatest theater is done in a barn, not in a palace," he said.

I was astonished. I was an eager high school student studying theater for the summer at a local college; architecture and theater were my two loves, and it seemed inconceivable to me that these worlds were not mutually dependent.

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POSTCARD FROM EAST KAZAKHSTAN

Dear ArchitectureWeek,

Soon after East Kazakhstan Technical University was founded in the early 1960s, a pleasant retreat area was identified on a nearby riverside, on a picturesque bay called "Blue Gulf." The site is gently sloping, with open areas alternating with pine forest.

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SAVING WRIGHT'S GORDON HOUSE

For the last few months, a Chicagoan who died almost forty years ago has been the most celebrated architect in Portland, Oregon. That's what happens when somebody tries tearing down the state's only Frank Lloyd Wright building.

Since September 2000, Wright's Gordon House in Charbonneau has come close to demolition, been fought over, and finally been spared. Now crews are preparing the little palace for disassembly and transport to nearby Silverton for its new life as a museum.

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JUST ANOTHER PRETTY WEB SITE?

More than two-thirds of design and environmental consulting firms plan a redesign of their Web site in the coming year. But in their rush to redesign, many firms seem doomed to repeat fundamental mistakes they made on earlier versions of their site.

There are six important questions firm leaders should ask themselves when redesigning their Web site. Some successful answers to those questions are illustrated here in the work of three representative firms.

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