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    DESIGNING SCHOOLS TOGETHER

    When the architecture firm of Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc. begins planning for a new school or renovation, they call on the help of hundreds. Although huge teams are not always the most efficient, the architects believe that ultimately they will yield the best result.

    This collective design work is conducted in "charrettes," or intensive, interactive, public design sessions. Teams of architects, engineers, and educational facilities planners set up design stations in a central location such as a school district's headquarters.

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    MACHU PICCHU STILL ROCK-SOLID

    Machu Picchu, the gem of Peru's Inca heritage, a huge sacred city nestling between two mountain peaks 8400 feet (2,550 meters) up in the Andes, has taken its knocks in recent years.

    Enthusiastic Peruvian archeologists have tampered with some of the five centuries-old temples in the name of "restoration" and a 1,000-pound (450-kilogram) crane was dropped on a sacred sundial during the filming of a beer commercial, causing some damage.

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    WHAT DOES AN ARCHITECT DO?

    To many people, what architects do is a mystery. Buildings simply appear. The general public has so little understanding of design vocabulary that buildings are incorporated into public life devoid of meaning.

    The divide between architecture and public understanding generates a host of problems: between architect and client, architecture school and student, community and planning board. It contributes to the rate of attrition in architecture schools, to logjams in offices, and to miscommunication among project teams.

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    Expanded Displays Chart Chicago's Architecture — Chicago Sun Times, 2001.0716

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    Archive Of 'Big Jim' Stirling's Architecture Is Sold To Canada — Independent Digital, 2001.0716

    For Architecture Fans, Chicago Is The Place To Walk And Gawk — Real Time, 2001.0716

    House's Fate Counted in Math and History — Los Angeles Times, 2001.0716

    Neighbors Fight To Save History — New Jersey Record, 2001.0715

    A Grand Plan For Humble Homes — Baltimore Sun, 2001.0715

    Architect Astorino Listens To Customers, Values All Employees — Post Gazette, 2001.0715

    Masters of Achitecture in East Germany — F.A.Z., 2001.0715

    The Sun King — Guardian Unlimited, 2001.0715

    American Gothic — Washington Post, 2001.0714

    Designs That Make You Climb the Walls — Editorial at Washington Post, 2001.0714

    Campaign To Save Victorian Baths — Scotsman Online, 2001.0713

    Timing Is on His Side at Last — Los Angeles Times, 2001.0711

    History At Risk Of Ruin — Dallas Morning News, 2001.0710

    Architecture for Art's Sake — Atlantic Online, 2001.06 Edition

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