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    OSLO OPERA

    The new Oslo Opera House is a monumental architectural statement for Norway, providing a glamorous new home for the National Opera and Ballet and a striking public plaza overlooking the Oslofjord.

    Instantly shedding opera's snooty, high-art image, the new building by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta slopes down from the roof to the water's edge. The gleaming-white marble threshold between land and water welcomes hundreds of people on a sunny day.

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    DESIGNING FABRIC STRUCTURES

    The first step in designing a fabric structure is to create a form with sufficient pre-stress, or tension, to prevent it from fluttering like a flag or sail. Lightweight structures with minimal surfaces optimally should have double curvature — a surface that possesses a high-point (positive) curvature along one principal axis and a low-point (negative) curvature along the other principal axis.

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    NEWSEUM BY POLSHEK

    The Newseum building by Polshek Partnership Architects adds vitality and a sense of time and place to Pennsylvania Avenue, a street that, like so many important streets in Washington, D.C., had been devoid of movement and three-dimensionality in massing.

    A museum about news, the aptly named Newseum moved from across the Potomac River, in Arlington, Virginia, where it had outgrown its space. Its parent organization, the Freedom Forum, sought a location more heavily frequented by tourists.

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    NEW YORK NEW MUSEUM

    As you make your way east on Prince Street from Sixth Avenue in lower Manhattan, a pile of shimmering cubes rises at the end of Prince as it dead-ends at the Bowery. What is it? There are no windows in sight. A puffy white cloud slowly passes behind it and the silvery tower seems to disappear inside the cumulus skycraft.

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