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WTC SITE MASTER PLANNING TEAM SELECTED

Questions about the next stage in determining the future of the World Trade Center site in New York City were apparently resolved on May 22, 2002 when the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) announced that it had chosen the team of Beyer Blinder Belle and Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop a master plan for reconstruction. Beyer Blinder Belle, best known for its restoration of Grand Central Terminal, was one of 15 architecture and design firms that offered bids to the LMDC and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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STEEL DESIGN AWARDS 2002

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has announced the 2002 recipients of the "Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel" (IDEAS) awards. The IDEAS program recognizes buildings in which structural steel forms a prominent architectural feature. Selection criteria include creative use of exposed steel, overall aesthetic effect, design functionality, technical advancement in the use of structural steel, and sensitivity in combining steel with other materials.

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ENGINEERS EXPLAIN WTC COLLAPSE

After seven months of wide speculation about the causes of New York's World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001, a report has been issued based on physical evidence and a thorough engineering analysis.

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COTE GREEN AWARDS

After many years of struggling against professional and political apathy in the United States, energy conservation and sustainability ideals may be finally receiving the attention they deserve. In the past four years, acceptance of environmental values has been reflected in the growing numbers of projects nominated the "Top Ten Green Projects" awards program of the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment (COTE). Architects, their clients, and the general public are increasingly appreciating environmentally sensitive architecture for both its economic and ethical importance.

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