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    COSTS OF "DUMB GROWTH"

    The Congress for the New Urbanism aims to change the way the United States builds its cities and towns. We want regions that are made of thriving neighborhoods, connected by efficient, effective public transportation. We want neighborhoods that feel alive, where people from all walks of life can cross each other's paths and meet their needs. We call this form of development "new urbanism," and the policies that support it are called "smart growth."

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    CASE STUDY: THE EAMES HOUSE

    In the mid-1940s, as the United States faced the postwar challenge of housing three million returning soldiers, a few architects in Southern California rejected the idea of identical houses in suburban developments. The "Case Study House Program" initiated in 1945 by Arts and Architecture magazine, enlisted the talents of eight architects including Richard Neutra and Eero Saarinen.

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    OLD PRAGUE AND NEW

    Built on seven hills and intersected by the meandering River Vltava (Moldau), Prague offers a stunning array of architecture. From Romanesque and Gothic to cubist and functionalist, the Czech Republic capital is one of the few cities where so many diverse forms of architectural expression coexist comfortably. Every era of the city's history is reflected in its buildings.

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    Looking Beyond the Facade — Deutsche Welle, 2002.0506

    Milwaukee Takes Wings — Chicago Tribune, 2002.0505

    Designers Build Offbeat Reputation — Asahi, 2002.0505

    In the Family Way — Guardian Unlimited, 2002.0504

    Germans Agree on a New U.S. Embassy in Berlin — New York Times, 2002.0503

    Finally, an Architectural Beacon for the Skyline — Toronto Star, 2002.0502

    Architects' Body Warns Building Industry Headed for Indemnity Crisis — Australian Broadcasting Company, 2002.0502

    Free-Spirited Dwellings in a Tract-House Nation — New York Times, 2002.0502

    Ruins of a Golden Age — Metropolis, 2002.05 Edition

    Rudolph de Harak, 78, Artist and Environmental Designer, Dies — New York Times, 2002.0430

    Prince Praises City's 'Riches' — BBC News, 2002.0429

    Barcelona Celebrates Eccentric Architect Antoni Gaudi — Detroit Free Press, 2002.0428

    Aiming at High Ground in Zoning — Plain Dealer, 2002.0428

    Envisioning Skyscrapers Scaled for Living — Chicago Tribune, 2002.0428

    There Goes Our History — Los Angeles Times, 2002.0428

    Whitney Smith Dies — Los Angeles Times, 2002.0428

    Comforts of Home Yield to Tyranny of Digital Gizmos — New York Times, 2002.0428

    Sir Peter Shepheard, Architect, Dies at 88 — New York Times, 2002.0428

    Architecture: Inspiring the Many or Pleasing a Few? — Los Angeles Times, 2002.0427

    Bad Design? Just Build It Anyway — Scotsman Online, 2002.0427

    Slow Return as Hub for Aviation — New York Times, 2002.0427

    The King and Queen of 'Roofitecture' — Vancouver Sun at Canada.com, 2002.0427

    Class Architecture — Book Review at AIArchitect, 2002.0426

    Gio for It — Guardian Unlimited, 2002.0413

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