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NEW URBANITY IN MONTRÉAL

Montréal, Québec is a North American city with European flair and a crossroads of economic, cultural, and scientific influences. The festive city hosts four major universities, several research centers, and many cultural and sporting events. It is a leading North American convention venue. Reflecting this diversity, Montréal's architecture and urban development represent both new and traditional economic forces.

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PROVIDENCE RECLAIMS RIVERS

During the past decade, Providence, Rhode Island has worked to incorporate its past into its future. Concentrated efforts to restore historic buildings, unearth "buried" rivers, and redesign the public realm have revitalized the downtown area. Central to this rebirth is Waterplace Park, a walkable and attractive urban landscape.

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CURRENT ISSUES IN COLLEGE LIBRARIES

There is no shared facility more central to the purpose of a modern college or university than its library system. Whether as a collection of print materials, as an electronic database, or as a place of individual and group activities, the campus library provides a core of resources and services for learning and research that is vital to every discipline. Increasingly, academic libraries also serve a community of users beyond the campus, as information networks link them to a worldwide system of knowledge.

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HIPPER BANKING IN PORTLAND

According to the designers of a bank branch in the once-industrial, now-chic Pearl District in Portland, Oregon, button-down bankers in marble-columned buildings are now passé. Such old-fashioned symbols of stability and conservatism are being supplanted by new ideas about banking — and by comfortable, artsy spaces for customers.

This new branch office of Umpqua Bank is the creation of architecture firm Thompson, Vaivoda & Associates and ZIBA, a design and branding

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