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CIVIC PURPOSEFUL

Seldom do skyscrapers succeed simultaneously on the skyline and at the curbstone. The typical goal of a tall building is to make an impact on the city as seen from a distance — to be an architectural monument in space.

The new Devon Energy headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City is certainly a potent landmark on the skyline; cab drivers from the airport enjoy pointing it out with a dose of civic pride.

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STAYING PUT IN STYLE

Sometimes you just have to add on to make the most of a site's potential. In this case, a center-hall Colonial home with a breezeway kitchen that attached to a garage turned its back on the wonderful view of a mountain to the south.

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Bullitt Center Opens in SeattlePatrice Bideau in Baden, FranceRalph Rapson's Glass CubeCharles Correa RIBA ExhibitionElderly Obama & Boehner Daughters Arrive In Time MachinePelli Clarke Pelli at UT in AustinSmithGroupJJR in Lake View, IllinoisAIA Minnesota Design Awards

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE DOWNTOWN

Approaching the new Lane Community College (LCC) Downtown Center in Eugene, Oregon, you're greeted by a huge planar screen of vertical glass tubes suspended above the building entrance, partially shading the glazed southern facade of its atrium.

The screen is a thermal collector array for the center's domestic hot water system, hinting that the new campus satellite, including academic and student housing buildings, was created with a focus on sustainability.

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B.C. APARTMENTS BY BATTERSBYHOWAT

In both the emergence and ensuing development of a modern architectural idiom in Canada's Pacific Northwest, designs for the detached family home have served an important role as crucibles of exploration and research.

New materials and building technologies have been allied with challenges to conventional social habit, while the rugged terrain, lush vegetation, and benign climate have provided a profound measure to the artifice of design.

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