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    GREENING ROOFTOPS

    Green roofs topped with soil and living plants have well known benefits to the buildings beneath them. They provide thermal and sound insulation and can prolong roof life. They also offer healthful benefits to their urban surroundings.

    So says Steven Peck, executive director of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Other potential benefits of so-called "naturalized" rooftops include stormwater management, urban food production, air pollution reduction, and urban heat island temperature modification.

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    LIGHTFAIR 2003

    Le Corbusier said that architecture's forms are revealed in light. Seeking to hone their skills in the art and science of how electric and natural light are projected, splashed, and cast onto and into buildings, thousands of architects, engineers, and lighting designers attended the 14th annual Lightfair International trade show and conference in New York in May 2003.

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    REMEMBERING GEOFFREY BAWA, 1919-2003

    The beloved Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa died in his native city of Colombo on May 27, at age 83. He will be remembered as a prolific and influential designer who drew on many traditions but especially those of his own people. His works from houses to hotels are noted for their sensitivity to the South Asian culture and climate.

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    SOLUTIA GLASS AWARDS 2003

    In Nagoya, Japan, concertgoers visiting the new Oasis 21 will be treated to a unique outdoor ceiling. Not only is the roof above them made of glass, it is also filled with water, further refracting the light received in the public spaces below. This civic structure by architect Hideki Casai of the Obayashi Corporation is one of several recent winners of the 2003 Solutia Design Awards.

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