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    TEMPORARY BICYCLE SHED IN AMSTERDAM

    As part of a major construction project at Amsterdam Central Station, a temporary parking garage has gone up, not for cars but for 2500 bicycles. The remarkable structure overhangs a canal, allowing the numerous touring boats access to the quay below. Open to the weather and shaped by its sloping ramps, the project is the product of the young Dutch firm VMX Architects. Next week we'll take a closer look at their temporary creation.

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    GREEN ROOF ON RESTORED ART DECO BUILDING

    DMJMH+N, an architecture/ engineering firm in Washington D.C., has recently completed the adaptive re-use of the 1925 art deco-style Montgomery Ward Catalog Building in Baltimore. Besides the newly restored facade, the landmark building also sports a 30,000-square foot (2800-square-meter) green roof. Next we'll look at some of the challenges of planting on a historic structure.

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    APARTMENTS STILL MODERN AFTER 70 YEARS

    The 1930s apartment blocks at Highpoint in London are perhaps the most celebrated of the work of architect Berthold Lubetkin and his firm, Tecton. Le Corbusier, who, at Lubetkin's invitation, visited the project on completion, admitted that "for a long time he had dreamed of executing dwellings in such conditions for the good of humanity." Next week author John Allan will describe this "flagship of the British Modern Movement."

     
     
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