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    PARISH CHURCH IN LECCE

    The city of Lecce, located in the southern heel of the Italian peninsula, is associated with highly ornate baroque palaces and churches, their facades overlaid with elaborate decorative carvings in the local limestone.

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    GRAND TETON VISITOR CENTER

    Early in the design process of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson made several key design decisions that were critical to the success of the project.

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    PIANO IN CHICAGO

    Renzo Piano is known for his finely tuned designs, especially for a refined talent in dovetailing elegant new architecture with an existing context, playing on contextual strengths without duplicating the neighbors.

    He has achieved this feat once again at the Art Institute of Chicago, where a light-studded new museum wing by Piano opened in May 2009. The Art Institute's new addition is laudable in its intelligent siting, sensitive scale, urban presence, and manipulation of light.

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    SEATTLE LOFTS

    At the edge of the Pike Street and Pine Street corridor in downtown Seattle is a public transit-oriented neighborhood populated by mixed-use developments. The 40-by-80-foot (12.2-by-24.4-meter) site for the 1310 E. Union Lofts was an infill (midblock) plot, smaller than a typical single-family residential lot in Seattle.

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    MAGIC BLUE BOX

    A giant blue cuboid has sprung up in Copenhagen, Denmark. This striking scaffolding box wrapped in translucent blue fabric is the new Copenhagen Concert Hall.

    During the day, the building's blue skin largely conceals the faceted forms within, with peeled-back areas on the sides of the steel-framed box showing that the outside wrapping is more than just an imposing blue billboard. From the right angle, visitors can see vague outlines of the building forms beneath the translucent textile.

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    "Jewel in the Park" Opens in Donetsk — Arup Press Release, 2009.0907

    New Wave — Financial Times, 2009.0905

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    Architecture Review: Anaheim's Rail Hub — Los Angeles Times, 2009.0827

    A City Dedicated to Books and Print — Financial Times, 2009.0821

    In Japan, a House of Steel — New York Times, 2009.0819

    Grand Teton Visitor Center — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0819

    Mosques and Modernity — Financial Times, 2009.0814

    Norman Foster Sweeps Heathrow to the Height of Airport Architecture — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0814

    House Rules — Canadian Architect, 2009.0814

    When Creativity Diminishes Along with the Cash — New York Times, 2009.0812

    Home Sweet Home — The Australian, 2009.0811

    Slow Home: Thoughtful Residential Design as Antidote to Suburban Sprawl — Good Ideas Salons, 2009.0803

    Ball-Nogues Makes Architecture for the Moment — Los Angeles Times, 2009.0802

    Snowdon Centre Architect's Honour — BBC News, 2009.0801

    Ziba Design's New World Headquarters in the Pearl District — Oregonian, 2009.0801

    Gap House London by Pitman Tozer Architects — DeZona, 2009.0731

    African Bronze — Economist, 2009.0730

    Seattle Lofts — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0729

    At a Border Crossing, Security Trumps Openness — New York Times, 2009.0727

    The Spertus Institute's Brave New Building — Examiner, 2009.0723

    Architectural Firms Behind 2010 Venues Win Green Building Awards — Vancouver Sun, 2009.0722

    In Thailand, Villa Yin and Villa Yang — New York Times, 2009.0722

    Magic Blue Box — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0722

    Inside His Exteriors — New York Times, 2009.0712

    Posting Architectural High-Water Mark with Coast House — The Age, 2009.0711

    Irish Architects Maintain Their Winning Touch — Irish Times, 2009.0711

    Abu Dhabi's Fortune Favors the Bold — Los Angeles Times, 2009.0628

    Innovative Building in Estonia Illustrates Power of Design — Finding Dulcinea, 2009.0625

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