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MAGGIE'S CENTRE GETS 2009 STIRLING PRIZE

On a difficult corner site along a busy street, Maggie's Centre in London provides an uplifting sanctuary in which cancer patients and their families and friends can receive support and information. The building's bold orange masonry wall beckons visitors into daylit spaces shielded from the street beneath a floating roof canopy.

This humane health support facility designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has received the Stirling Prize for 2009.

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HIGH TENSION OVER BIG TIMBER

Late in 2007, storm-driven rains in southwestern Washington sent floodwater, mud, and tons of logging debris crashing into homes and farmland downstream of the Chehalis River. The floods caused massive erosion of mountain habitat and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, and downed an estimated 140,000 truckloads of timber much of it on land owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company, the state's largest private timberland owner.

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AIA MARYLAND DESIGN AWARDS

More than 30 years ago, as an art student in Baltimore, George Holback would occasionally convince his brother, a police officer, to help him gain entry to the city's vacant American Brewery (then called the Wiessner Brewery).

Once inside the unusual 1887 industrial structure, with its three dramatic pagoda-like towers, Holback would draw or take pictures; he cites it as inspiration for becoming an architect.

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AIA EDUCATION AWARDS

On a former farm outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Indian Community School aims to connect Native American students with their cultural heritage through both curriculum and setting. Antoine Predock Architect PC designed a building to both foster and exemplify that cultural and environmental awareness.

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AIA HEALTHCARE AWARDS

When Providence Health & Services hired Mahlum to design a new clinic on the north side of Portland, Oregon, the architects saw a familiar formula, and looked beyond it.

"All the rest of their clinics have red brick," recalls Anne Schopf, a principal at Mahlum. "We really wanted to create a new face for them, a new attitude."

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