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ESTONIAN GOTHIC MAKES ROOM FOR MODERN

As you approach it from the Baltic Sea, Tallinn, Estonia’s largest port and capital city, gives the impression of a distinct personality split into the new and the old. This split can be traced back to 1227, when the town was conceded to an order of crusading knights. The Brothers of the Sword divided the colony into the fortress (the upper old town with colorful cobble-stoned streets and an array of castles and churches) and the lower town, which is now developing a modern persona. Join ArchitectureWeek's London correspondent Don Barker next week as he shows us this and more of Estonia's rich tapestry of architecture.

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PRINTWORKS, DUBLIN — PART 4

Fifteen years ago, the proposition that Dublin, Ireland might foster integrated urban design would have seemed unlikely. Even more far-fetched would have been the idea that the city itself, its form and self image and its circuits of activity, might be positively reconfigured by architectural intervention. In contrast, today's sensibility is to repopulate and densify the existing fabric. Next week, in the last installment of a four-part series, the Printworks by architect Derek Tynan is shown to be an allegory for Dublin as a whole: the city as an evolving manifestation.

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DUTCH GAS WORKS GIVEN NEW LIFE

In recent years there has been a growing awareness of and debate about "brownfield" projects. These abandoned unused industrial sites are a growing concern as they are converted back to productive use. In most such projects, the buildings are torn down and a whole new development constructed, removing the site’s past along with its pollutants. In sharp contrast, the Dutch team in charge of the redevelopment of an old gas works in Amsterdam has come up with a scheme that will incorporate the highly valued existing buildings in the creation of an urban cultural park. Next week Steven Allan will guide us through the Westergasfabriek and describe the unusual level of community collaboration in its recovery.

 
 
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