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    BEST OF BUILD BOSTON

    Build Boston, the largest regional conference and trade show for the design and construction industry in the United States, recently demonstrated again why it has earned such preeminence.

    More than 14,000 architects, designers, construction and facility managers, and owners attended the 27th Build Boston conference, hosted by the Boston Society of Architects in November 2011. The trade show floor boasted some 300 vendors — up 6% over last year — who plied their products with the usual vigor.

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    HIGH-RISE SUSTAINABILITY

    A high-level assessment of the impact of the urban tower on the natural environment would conclude that low land use and possible higher density are the chief advantages, with high energy usage being the chief disadvantage. Concepts of density and of energy usage are relative, and should be examined by comparing high-rise buildings with their low- or mid-rise alternatives.

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    ANATOMY OF METABOLISM

    The exhibit "Metabolism, the City of the Future" at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo is a major retrospective looking at Japan's most widely known and perhaps least understood modern architecture movement. Subtitled "Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Postwar and Present-Day Japan," the exhibit throws up images depicting a sci-fi world of floating cities, metropolises in the sky, and soaring geometric shapes and patterns repeated over and over with little apparent corrspondence to the psychological needs of humans.   2011.1214

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    Building Culture Around the Web

    Modern Design in a Traditional Cover — Ottawa Citizen, 2012.0113

    Chelsea Market, Take Two — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0113

    BBC Plans to Reuse World Cup Studio in Olympic Park — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0113

    Big Deal | on Fifth Avenue, 1+1+1 = $25 Million? — New York Times, 2012.0113

    Constructive Criticism: The Week in Architecture — Guardian, 2012.0113

    Iowa Polishes Its Frank Lloyd Wright Gem — Chicago Tribune, 2012.0113

    Results of First Women in Architecture Survey — AECCafe, 2012.0112

    Foreclosures Expected to Rise, Pushing Home Prices Lower — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0112

    Beverly Hills Takes Steps to Preserve Architectural Treasures — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0112

    Eisenhower Family Says Frank Gehry's D.C. Memorial Doesn't Honor Ike as a "Serious Man" — Artinfo, 2012.0112

    London Underground | a Room for London — Telegraph, 2012.0112

    Chris Hume: Pan Am Games 2015 Athletes Village a Winner — Toronto Star, 2012.0112

    Gardner Shows Off Its Graceful Update — Boston Globe, 2012.0112

    Foreclosures Expected to Rise, Pushing Home Prices Lower — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0112

    To List or Not to List — RIBA Journal, 2012.0111

    What’S Good for Manhattan Must Be Good for Queens — Metropolis Magazine, 2012.0111

    In Missouri, as Levee Is Rebuilt, Signs of Rebirth Begin to Sprout — New York Times, 2012.0111

    A Lisbon Architect Brings His Skills to MoMA — New York Times, 2012.0111

    Design of New Heights Building: Mishmash of Contextualism or Appropriate? — Brooklyn Eagle, 2012.0110

    Design Museum Anounces Design Awards Contenders — Design Museum, 2012.0110

    Skyscrapers 'Linked with Impending Financial Crashes' — BBC, 2012.0110

    UK Architect Isi Metzstein 1928-2012 — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0110

    Seriously, Isn't It Time to Save What Is Left? — Buffalo News, 2012.0110

    Highlights from a Strong December for Housing Starts — Financial Post, 2012.0110

    Turning Foreclosures into Rentals — CNN, 2012.0110

    Housing Starts Up More Than Expected — Montreal Gazette, 2012.0110

    Gehry Residence Selected to Receive the AIA Twenty-Five Year Award — Dexigner, 2012.0110

    Poetry Foundation Headquarters, Northbrook Interior Win National Architecture Awards — Chicago Tribune (Blog), 2012.0109

    Old Town School's East Building Strikes Harmony with Surroundings, Mission — Chicago Tribune (Blog), 2012.0108

    Seeing the Buidling for the Trees — New York Times, 2012.0107

    Architect Helen Hald's Humble Kirk Home Still Awes — Seattle Times, 2012.0107

    The Struggle to Define L.A.'S Transitional Moment — Atlantic Cities, 2012.0105

    High-Rise Sustainability — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0104

    In Rotterdam, a Town House Reborn — New York Times, 2012.0104

    Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking — UCTC, 2012.0101

    An Unlikely Group Rebels Against Preservation Districts — New York Times, 2011.1231

    Cool Area, Hot Rental, $1,000 Deposit — New York Times, 2011.1230

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