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    VILLA MODA'S INTERNATIONAL CHIC

    Surrounded by shipwrecks from the Persian Gulf War of the early 1990s, an unused dockland area on the outskirts of Kuwait City is an unlikely setting for one of the Middle East's most luxurious fashion stores. But adjacent to industrial shipping containers is a place where Kuwait's wealthy come to buy international chic.

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    HOLL ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL AT MINNESOTA

    Steven Holl has described the task of designing an architecture school as one of the most difficult of architectural commissions. "Aspiring to design a building which can add to the educational experience of architecture," he says, "is comparable to the problem of a brain surgeon operating on his own brain."

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    AN ELEGANT SHED IN AMSTERDAM

    As part of a construction project at Amsterdam Central Station, a temporary parking garage has been built, not for cars but for 2500 bicycles. The remarkable structure near the Hotel Ibis overhangs a canal, allowing touring boats to maneuver below.

    Open to the weather and shaped by its sloping ramps, the project is the product of the young Dutch firm VMX Architects under the leadership of project architect Don Murphy.

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