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    SPIRIT OF WOOD

    The Wood in Culture Association of Finland has announced that it will confer the 2002 "Spirit of Nature" Wood Architecture Award to Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The award recognizes the achievements of a person or group whose work exemplifies architectural excellence and a progressive and creative use of wood. The association hopes that the award will both increase international respect for wood buildings and building components and improve their quality by fostering traditions and inspiring young architects.

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    ARCHILAB CONFERENCE 2002 ORLEANS

    A small French city tackled a very large topic when the fourth annual architectural conference "Archilab" met in Orléans to ponder "Earth Economics."

    As in past years, the curators Marie-Ange Brayer and Béatrice Simonot offered innovative architectural research programs, exploring the range of approaches and projects of the participating architects. Their goal is to create, through an openness and curiosity toward all innovative movements, a space for a creative discussion about the challenges of architecture today.

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    RENEWED URBANISM

    The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has announced its second annual Charter Awards, honoring 18 projects that represent "best practices" in urban design and planning. Award recipients represent all scales of development from individual buildings to regional plans, mostly within the United States. They illustrate elements of CNU's goal to rein in urban sprawl by promoting "walkable" mixed-use affordable neighborhoods.

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    2002 Laureates of Kyoto Prize include Architect Tadao Ando — Inamori Foundation press release, 2002.0627

    Fourteen North American Office Buildings Win International TOBY & Earth Awards — PR Newswire, 2002.0627

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    Fireproofing Faulted in Trade Center Collapse — Washington Post, 2002.0625

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