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    BERLIN'S NEWEST SHOWPIECE

    The new Jewish Museum in Berlin by deconstructivist architect Daniel Libeskind is a striking structure clad in titanium-covered zinc a durable and malleable metal that reflects the light. The museum, on the old border between East and West Berlin, follows a fractured zigzag pattern reminiscent of the Star of David that Jews were forced to wear here during the Nazi regime. An unprecedented flood of over 300,000 visitors came to see the empty building before any exhibits had been installed. Next week ArchitectureWeek contributing editor Lili Eylon will describe this edifice that has become an innovative attraction in a city bursting with building fever.

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    A 17TH-CENTURY THEATER OPENS

    The Blackfriars Playhouse, in Staunton, Virginia opened in September 2001, after one year of construction and several years of research. Architect Tom McLaughlin based his design on research of now-lost Elizabethan theaters such as the one William Shakespeare himself performed in before he went to the more famous Globe Theater. Scholarly searches through legal, literary, and archeological records has resulted in an air of authenticity for this unfamiliar setting for Shakespeare's plays. Writer and photographer William Lebovich attended opening night and sends his review.

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    SUSTAINABLE MEETS SCULPTURAL

    In the 1920s architect Rudolf Schindler pioneered a new kind of residence in Southern California: the International Style tempered by a sensitivity to the environment. Decades later, our natural resources are dwindling, and architects are re-examining construction products and processes. As they explore technical issues of sustainability, some, like Schindler, are mindful of sculptural form. Next week ArchitectureWeek contributing editor Alice Kimm will show how contemporary architect Warren Wagner has risen to this dual challenge.

     
     
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