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    NEW VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE

    "Vernacular architecture," strictly speaking, could be a contradiction in terms. The vernacular is the unconscious work of craftsmen based on knowledge accumulated over generations — perhaps the very opposite of architecture, which is often considered to involve a premeditated design process with a conscious appeal to the intellect.

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    POSTCARD FROM PASADENA

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    In Thailand, the sala is a simple roadside pavilion, a stopover for weary workers to rest. Transposing the idea to Pasadena, California, Saladang Song is a respite from the noise of the street and the relentless activity of the city beyond. In essence, Saladang Song is an urban retreat — a place to dine, a place to reflect.

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    LONDON'S THAMES BARRIER PARK

    Thames Barrier Park is the first riverside park to be built in London for over 50 years. Since it opened in late 2000, it has won design accolades from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), and most recently, the United Kingdom's Civic Trust Award 2002 for landscape design.

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    THE NEW CITY HOME

    From the Iron Age to the age of the Internet, the city has always both absorbed and promoted change. It thrives on reinvention. Today, the North American city is enjoying an upswing in popularity.

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