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    YALE'S GREEN ARK

    Every so often, an exceptional work of architecture emerges from an opportune convergence of just the right client working with just the right team of architects, engineers, and consultants on a building that is just right for the times. Kroon Hall at Yale University is one of these.

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    BAR HOUSE IN ASPEN

    The simple and strong geometric shape of the Bar House near Aspen, Colorado — which is a bar set boldly across, rather than nestling along, the valley floor — stands up to the rugged and majestic mountains that surround it. Despite its strength, this house by Peter Gluck and Partners is partly submerged in the ground, as if to lock it into the landscape. The views up and down the valley dominate the interior spaces, but they are tempered in different ways by the varied size and placement of the windows and the shape of the rooms.

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    PUGH + SCARPA STEP UP

    Walking or driving past the new Step Up on Fifth project in downtown Santa Monica, California, one could mistake the colorful building — with its front facade of yellow, white, and purple metal panels — for a contemporary art center or a fashionable condominium. The mixed-use residential building in the heart of this affluent, picturesque city was actually built to serve people suffering from mental illness and homelessness.

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    FIVE WORKS BY ZAHA HADID

    Zaha Hadid was asked to design the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany (2005), described as the "nerve center of the whole factory complex," subsequent to an April 2002 competition she won, when the layout of adjacent manufacturing buildings had already been decided. Suppliers chosen for the rest of the factory provided many prefabricated elements, in harmony with the "industrial approach to office spaces" decided by BMW.

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    Architecture: Star Architects Emerge, but Even They Find Limits — Los Angeles Times, 2009.1220

    Planners, Designers Mull Implications of Digital Surfaces — Architectural Record, 2009.1217

    A Symbol of Progress — Metropolis, 2009.1216

    Bar House in Aspen — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.1216

    RMJM-Designed Athenaeum Opens at Goucher College — Architect's Guide to Glass & Metal, 2009.1216

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    In Washington, a Different Kind of Bubble — New York Times, 2009.1214

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    Vegas $8.5 Billion CityCenter Has Classy Casino, Empty Rooms — Bloomberg, 2009.1210

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    Media Lab Aims to Elevate Transparency — Boston Globe, 2009.1206

    A Former Shop Becomes a House in Singapore — New York Times, 2009.1203

    State of the Cooper Union — Wall Street Journal, 2009.1202

    Pugh + Scarpa Step Up — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.1202

    Letter from Baltimore: Design for Aging — Metropolis Magazine, 2009.1125

    New Yale Building Draws Mixed Reactions — New Haven Register, 2009.1119

    Surface Tension — New Yorker, 2009.1118

    Zaha Hadid's Museum Opens in Rome — The Times (UK), 2009.1117

    Wellington Architecture Prizes Reward Sustainability — Stuff, 2009.1113

    More Accolades for Austin Architects' Prize-Winning Potty — Austin American-Statesman, 2009.1113

    Making Waves a New Spin on the Skyscraper — Chicago Tribune, 2009.1112

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