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PRINTWORKS, DUBLIN PART 3

In 1981, the late architectural educator Colin Rowe wrote an essay entitled "The Present Urban Predicament," in which he stated: "I would simply like to suggest that the garden may be regarded as both a model of the city and as a critique of the city." One of the many Cornell University students influenced by Rowe's teaching was Derek Tynan, who has recently won the won the Silver Medal for Housing from the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. In the third part of our four-part, in-depth feature on this building, Raymund Ryan looks at the influence of Rowe and how Tynan used "garden" as a model for this building.

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A CORPORATE CAMPUS ON THE FAST TRACK

In only 16 months, Sun Microsystems and the international architecture firm KMD created an award-winning corporate campus in Newark, California. The fast-track project involved an unusual degree of participation from the owner, design team, contractor, and permitting agencies. An innovative sequencing procedure allowed construction of each building to begin before design was complete. Despite the speed and efficiency of design and construction, the 37-acre (15-hectare) project won "2000 Facility of the Year," by Facilities Design & Management Magazine. Next week we'll hear about the unusual construction administration processes that made this possible.

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LANDFILL OR CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL?

With $100 billion in new construction each year in the United States, and $126 billion in renovations, the recovery of materials from construction and demolition has important economic and environmental implications. To the extent that the debris from construction and demolition can be reused or recycled rather than thrown away, demand for virgin resources is reduced, the embedded energy in these materials is recaptured, and the need for increasingly limited landfill space is reduced. Next week, California consultant Adam Davis will explain how "demolition debris" can be recycled and whether this is becoming a widespread practice.

 
 
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