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    CHURCH OF BOOKS

    Though surely not as great a source of significant contemporary architecture as cultural institutions, places of worship — in one form or another — continue to generate invention and cutting-edge design. The reuse of places of religion for other purposes sometimes poses the problem of deconsecration, with the reticence some users may have when asked to dine or party in a former church.

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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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    More Architecture and Design

    Transparent New Home for Poetry — New York Times, 2009.0925

    AUTODESK UNIVERSITY 2009 Call for Submissions — Autodesk Press Release, 2009.0923

    Jewish Community Celebrates Holiday in Student-Designed WesSukkah — Wesleyan Connection, 2009.0922

    Man on the Moon: Norman Foster Prepares for Architecture's Lift-Off — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0922

    West Jerusalem Shows Its Hip Secular Side — New York Times, 2009.0920

    Mayne's Crazy Wave Evokes Lunar Landing, ‘Blade Runner’: Review — Bloomberg, 2009.0917

    Church of Books — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0916

    Viñoly-Designed New York Architecture School Opens — Building (UK), 2009.0916

    57th Street Skyscraper Up in the Air — New York Observer, 2009.0915

    How to Craft a Better Seattle — Crosscut, 2009.0915

    New Yards Design Draws from the Old — New York Times, 2009.0910

    Seeking Shangri-La — The Age, 2009.0910

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

    New Wave — Financial Times, 2009.0905

    Parish Church in Lecce — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0902

    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

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