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    SAROFIM RESEARCH BUILDING

    The firms of BNIM Architects and Burt Hill have partnered to design a new facility at the Texas Medical Center. The six-story Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building is now home for the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases (IMM). The building's elegant design is, in several ways, a departure from that of conventional research facilities.

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    POSTCARD FROM LISLE, ILLINOIS

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    Sure, education should be fun, and fun should be educational, but what does it take to create a playground that helps kids see it that way? The answer may be found at the new Children's Garden at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Landscape architects from the Hitchcock Design Group collaborated with engineers and educators in designing a park that teaches kids about nature in a four-acre (1.6-hectare), interactive learning environment.

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    MERCEDES-BENZ BUILDING

    With the bulging prow of its aluminum and glass skeleton looming beside the fast lanes of Highway B14 in Stuttgart, Germany, the new Mercedes-Benz Museum lives up to the German automaker's refined engineering image. On entering the structure designed by the Dutch firm UN Studio, visitors ascend eight stories to the top, then wind down twin ramps through a collection of 160 vehicles displayed over 178,000 square feet (16,500 square meters) of exhibition space.

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    NOUVEL'S TORRE AGBAR

    The Torre Agbar, a new tall building from Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in collaboration with b720 Arquitectura, Garcia-Ventosa Arquitectura, and Leopoldo Rodes Arquitecto, thrusts into Barcelona's skyline from the Placa de las Glories, a gritty district that Barcelona's planners have designated "the next big thing," a new center of commercial activity.

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