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    NORTHERN STAR

    Creating dramatic architecture can be challenging in icy climates where people insist first on protection from the elements and satisfy their taste for beauty through the natural environment. So the urban landscapes in central Alaska have tended to remain simple and resilient — until recently. Now, in a collaboration between Minnesota firm Hammel, Green and Abrahamson Architects and Fairbanks firm GDM, the expansion of the University of Alaska's Museum of the North has broken with this tradition and created a stunning building that has captured international attention (photo by Nic Lehoux Photography). Next week journalist Jo Baker will show us around.

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    FIELD GUIDE TO SPRAWL

    Words such as "city," "suburb," and "countryside" no longer capture the reality of real estate development in the United States. Most Americans inhabit complex metropolitan landscapes layered with tracts, strips, malls, office parks, and highways. Widespread dissatisfaction with speculative building notwithstanding, these replacements for traditional neighborhoods require their own descriptive vocabulary. Next week urban historian and architect Dolores Hayden will give us words to describe a few kinds of sprawl (photo by Jim Wark).

     
     

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    Architecture Headlines This Week

    More Questions (and Answers) about Calatrava Spire — Chicago Tribune, 2007.0425

    International Architecture Awards — The Chicago Athenaeum press release, 2007.0424

    2007 AIA San Francisco Design Awards Winners Announced — Bustler.net, 2007.0423

    Cass Technical High School Takes Top Honors — Learning By Design magazine, 2007.0423

    Legal Deal Allows for La. Levee Repairs — UPI, 2007.0422

    ASLA Selects 38 Award-Winning Projects — AIArchitect, 2007.0420

    2007-08 Rome Prize Winners Announced — American Academy in Rome Press Release, 2007.0419

    Russia Plans World's Longest Tunnel, a Link to Alaska — Bloomberg, 2007.0418

    Mies Van Der Rohe Awards 2007 — Mies van der Rohe Foundation, 2007.0418

    Gems of the City: A List of S.F.'s Top 25 — San Francisco Chronicle, 2007.0417

    Allstate Must Pay $2.8M in Katrina Case — Dallas Morning News, 2007.0416

    Spire, Olympics: What Do They Have in Common? — Chicago Tribune, 2007.0416

    Tom Kundig Wins Academy Award in Architecture — Bustler.net, 2007.0413

    Grande Bibliotheque Du Montreal Receives US Award — Archiseek, 2007.0412

    Michaela MacLeod Wins the Prix de Rome in Architecture — Canadian Architect, 2007.0412

    Concert Hall Resembles Flying Dutchman — Philadelphia Daily News, 2007.0411

    Freedom Tower Questioned Amid Rising Costs — Architectural Record, 2007.0410

    ASLA Announces 2007 Professional Awards — American Society of Landscape Architects press release, 2007.0409

    Historic Landmark Named in Oklahoma — MSNBC, 2007.0409

    Kimbell Addition Is in Piano's Hands — Dallas Morning News, 2007.0407

    Metro Tunnel Plans Rock Gaudi's Jewel to Its Foundations — The Times (London), 2007.0407

    Big Apple Firms Earn Kudos from AIA New York — AIArchitect, 2007.0406

    Nine Libraries Called Out for Design Excellence — AIArchitect, 2007.0406

    Eric Owen Moss Wins Arnold W. Brunner Prize in Architecture — SCI-Arc News, 2007.0403

    UC Berkeley Team Wins ULI Student Urban Design Competition — Urban Land Institute press release, 2007.0403

    Tsunami Smashes into Solomon Islands — Washington Post, 2007.0402

    America Celebrates the First National Architecture Week — PR Newswire, 2007.0402

    National Landscape Architecture Month Kicks Off — PR Newswire, 2007.0402

    Denise Scott Brown Named Recipient of 2007 Vilcek Prize — e-flux, 2007.0314

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