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    CHICAGO AIA AWARDS 2009

    A utility plant stands in glass at the edge of the University of Chicago campus, the geometric tangle of its technical systems revealed inside the radiused crystalline form.

    The South Campus Chiller Plant by Murphy/ Jahn was recognized by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in its 2009 design awards. The AIA Chicago honorees range from a tiny cupcake shop in Chicago to a weathered-steel house in Arizona and a glassy office tower in Germany.

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    NEW ENGLAND AIA AWARDS

    The rectangular volume of Kroon Hall by Michael Hopkins wears one great roof, pitched up to a broadly curving ridgeline. This new home for Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut, achieves both a welcoming form and a high level of sustainable design.

    Designed by Hopkins Architects of London, with Centerbrook Architects and Planners as executive architect, Kroon Hall is expected to earn a Platinum LEED certification.

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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. Numerous landslides destroyed wide swaths of mountain habitat, caused 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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    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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    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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