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    SOUND OF FOUR SEASONS

    Inside the glass box of Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the curvilinear R. Fraser Elliott Hall. Belying the elegance of the decor is a thoroughly researched and executed acoustical design. The stacking of the balconies, the selection of materials, the texture of the basket-weave plaster shell, and other carefully considered characteristics coordinate to optimize musical performance and listening enjoyment.

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    L.A. URBAN

    "Downtown L.A." may not be an oxymoron much longer, because when the construction dust finally settles, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, California will have its own urban center. Ten years ago nobody would have believed it, but since an adaptive reuse ordinance was adopted in 1999 to eliminate many regulatory barriers, construction investment in downtown L.A. has ballooned to $12.2 billion. This according to a study released in February 2006 by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID).

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    YALE MOD

    When you hear "modular classroom building," what do you think of? Cheap gray boxes on cinderblocks? Tacky trailers covered with vinyl "brick" siding? Such makeshift classrooms can be seen next to schools and colleges all across the United States temporary solutions to space shortages that seem to hang around for years.

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    Condos Crushing Modern Buildings — Journal-Constitution, 2006.0702

    Holl Designs Museum's New Bloch Building — Journal Star, 2006.0702

    Friends in High Places — U.K. Sunday Times, 2006.0702

    New Library Focuses 'on What People Want Most' — Ottawa Citizen, 2006.0701

    An Open-and-Shut Case for Good Drives — Reliable Plant, 2006.07 Edition

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    Disasters Fuel Search for Safer Windows — Yahoo News, 2006.0627

    New 'Smart Buildings' Book Released — Revitalization Online, 2006.0627

    ICC Records First 2006 I-Code Adoptions — International Code Council press release, 2006.0627

    $7 Million Glass Fix for Shattered Tower — Miami Herald, 2006.0627

    Thefts Plague Construction Sites — The Province, 2006.0627

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    Design Museums Build Themselves Up — Los Angeles Times, 2006.0627

    Airport Terminal Costs Grow to 'Worst-Case' $211M — Wichita Business Journal, 2006.0626

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    Giving New Life to Old Treasures — Commercial Appeal, 2006.0625

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    Skyscraper Projects Booming in Chicago — Bismark Tribune, 2006.0624

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    The Effect of Moving 9/11 Names to Street Level — New York Times, 2006.0622

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    Harvard Releases 2006 State of the Nation's Housing Report — BuildingOnline, 2006.0621

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