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    PROPOSALS FOR THE HIGH LINE

    As the well publicized redevelopment process for the World Trade Center site in New York City evolves, real-estate profit motives are once again dulling what many had hoped would be a design showcase for the world's brightest architectural imaginations. Meanwhile, on Manhattan's West Side, just north of the World Trade Center site, another site is inspiring imaginative rescue scenarios.

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    STEEL DESIGN AWARDS 2003

    Once a year, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) takes a break from its serious work of providing technical assistance to architects, engineers, and builders. Through its Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture with Steel (I.D.E.A.S.) awards, the institute honors a few projects that use steel and display an exemplary merging of architectural expression and structural form.

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    ART UNDER GLASS, UNDERGROUND

    In the middle of a lush, mountainside forest in Japan is a five-story structure with only a half story above ground. Yet the Pola Museum of Art in Kanagawa prefecture treats visitors to the lower floors with abundant daylight. This is because much of the building, even part of its structure, is made of glass. Designed by Koichi Yasuda, Ken Kannari, and Masao Nishioka of the Tokyo firm Nikken Sekkei Ltd., the building has won the 2003 DuPont Benedictus Award for its innovative application of laminated glass.

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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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    Libeskind Takes Backseat on WTC Tower — New York Daily News, 2003.0716

    Guggenheim May Open in Taiwan — BBC News, 2003.0716

    Architect and Developer Clash Over Plans for Trade Center Site — New York Times, 2003.0715

    Officials Favor Larger Site for Trade Center Complex — New York Times, 2003.0715

    Ground Zero Developments — New York Times, 2003.0714

    Six from the South Receive Top Honors — AIArchitect, 2003.0711

    Construction of Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station Begins — AP at The State, 2003.0711

    London's Last Ancient City Gate to Return — Reuters, 2003.0710

    Relatives Say Plans Infringe on Twin Towers' Footprints — New York Times, 2003.0709

    Design Award Winners Celebrate Diversity of North Carolina — AIArchitect, 2003.0703

    New Welsh Parliament Set to Go Ahead — Guardian Unlimited, 2003.0701

    Lawsuit Seeks Enhanced WTC Fire Safety — CNN, 2003.0701

    Families' Plea over WTC Plans — BBC News, 2003.0701

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