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    REJUVENATING BOOMERS

    An article in the New York Times late in 2005 reported on the escalating demise of brutalist buildings designed and constructed during the post-war years the hard-edged, unforgiving, sterile, and often-humorless creations of modernism's aging gurus and, especially, their uninspired copyists.

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    FASTER PLASTER

    RapidSet Eisenwall, a premium cement for exterior plaster developed by CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp., is a quick-setting alternative to traditional Portland cement that can turn stucco work from a ten-day to a three-day project, speeding up work and cutting labor costs.

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    M-CH

    A few lucky students in Europe have experienced the "micro-compact home" (m-ch), an aluminum cube that offers the basics of modern living in less than 665 cubic feet (19 cubic meters). They are appreciating that living in small quarters doesn't have to cramp their style.

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    TO CROSS THE SEINE

    A new pedestrian bridge, "Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir," now undulates across the Seine in Paris. It is the creation of Feichtinger Architectes with consulting engineers RFR, where I work, and Sepia.

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    More Building and Construction

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    Metro and Home Builders Construct a New Alliance — Oregonian, 2006.1106

    A New Counter Culture — Caspar Star Tribune, 2006.1106

    Amid New Development, a Desire for Preservation — Examiner, 2006.1106

    Architects Change Their View of the Lowly Roof — Los Angeles Times, 2006.1106

    Modular Homes Gain Favor with Builders — Orlando Sentinel, 2006.1106

    Big Change for a Family Farm — Daily Inter Lake, 2006.1105

    Wal-Mart, Pima Strike $35M Deal — Arizona Daily Star, 2006.1105

    Which Building Improvements Really Pay Off? — New York Times, 2006.1105

    South Salem Development Offers an Experiment — Statesman Journal, 2006.1105

    Risky Rebuilding — The Tampa Tribune, 2006.1105

    58 Meter Piling Paves the Way for Tallest Residential Tower — ITP Business, 2006.1105

    Go-Ahead for Largest Urban Village — icWales.co.uk, 2006.1104

    Steel-Framed Houses Have Strength, Efficiency — Arizona Republic, 2006.1104

    Foam Sweet Foam — The Daily Iberian, 2006.1104

    Home Improvement Business Slows with Housing Market — NCTimes.com, 2006.1104

    Build Your House Now — Wisconsin State Journal, 2006.1103

    Aluminium Use Grows Along Boom — Cape Business News, 2006.1103

    A Better East River Waterfront Begins in 2007 — Downtown Express, 2006.1103

    Sensitive Touch Gets Beach Homes Built — The Mercury News, 2006.1103

    National Association of Women in Construction Still Building Strong — NAWIC press release at PR Web, 2006.1103

    Data Flag Slowdown in US Manufacturing — The Standard, 2006.1102

    Australia's Home-Building Approvals Increase — Bloomberg.com, 2006.1101

    City of London Academy Won Better Public Building Award — Construction & Maintenance, 2006.1101

    The Top Schools for Urban Planners — Planetizen, 2006.1101

    A Roofing Professional Shares His Views — Professional Roofing, 2006.1100

    Electro-Magnetic Architecture Investigated — Scenta, 2006.1031

    Feds May Mandate Sprinkler Systems — USA Today, 2006.1031

    Whitney Museum May Move Expansion to Downtown Site — New York Times, 2006.1031

    Further Delay on Bay Bridge — San Jose Mercury News, 2006.1030

    Going Up: Condo Mania in Rhode Island — Boston.com, 2006.1029

    The Modular Construction Unit — ThomasNet, 2006.1026

    Universal Lighting Expands Electronic Ballast Family — Universal Lighting Technologies press release, 2006.1016

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