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    VIRGINIA'S EXECUTIVE MANSION RESTORED

    The executive mansion of the Commonwealth of Virginia is said to be the oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States. The mansion is an outstanding example of Federal style architecture, and after its recent restoration, it demonstrates that an historic house can be improved by sensitive additions.

    This National Historic Landmark building was completed in 1813 to the designs of Boston architect Alexander Parris. Since 1933 it has been documented in the Historic American Buildings Survey.

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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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    More Building Culture

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    Fed Chairman Greenspan Clashes With Legislators Over Housing — Building Online, 2001.0724

    Planners Blast 'anti-Democratic' Inquiry Into Rogers' Terminal 5 — Architect's Journal, 2001.0724

    Italy Claims Ethiopian Obelisk of Axum — AP at Yahoo, 2001.0723

    Historical trust publishes Annapolis architecture book — Baltimore Sun, 2001.0723

    Minimal To The Max — Denver Post, 2001.0722

    When Domes Were All Over Hub — Boston Globe, 2001.0722

    Richard Rogers: The Architect Of His Own Misfortune — Independent Digital, 2001.0722

    A Local Name For Quality — U.K. Sunday Times, 2001.0722

    Tearing Down Cathedrals (and Bureaucrats) — International Herald Tribune, 2001.0721

    Chicago's John Hancock Center: Tallest Mixed-Use Building in the World — VOA News, 2001.0721

    Suwanee Discusses Old Town's Image — Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2001.0721

    How Low Can The Beige City Go? — Sydney Morning Herald, 2001.0721

    A Schism Over Form And Substance — Washington Post, 2001.0721

    Communing With Neighbors — Washington Post, 2001.0721

    Understudy Halls — Boston Globe, 2001.0720

    Washington House On The Move — New Jersey News Record, 2001.0720

    Design Firms Score Record Earnings and Profits — Press Release at Zweigwhite, 2001.0720

    Architecture Needs More Critics — AIArchitect, 2001.0720 Edition

    Envisioning A Changing City — Boston Globe, 2001.0719

    A Four-Star Hotel That's Out of this World — Space.com, 2001.0719

    Architect Who Has Built Reputation Amid Setbacks — U.K. Times, 2001.0719

    The Battle Behind 'the Building' — BBC News, 2001.0719

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