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A BRIEF HISTORY OF PREFAB

After the Second World War there was a regular prefabricated housing boom in the United States. Some 70 companies were active in this market segment in the post-war era, ultimately leading to the construction of roughly 200,000 prefabricated houses.

However, companies such as Vultee, Lustron, and the Spartan Aircraft Company, which offered buildings built on the basis of steel frames or clad in sheet metal, were still not able to survive. — Published 2012.1003

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DISTILLED FARMHOUSE

Compelled by sentimentality and the knowledge that the former owners (a farm family) would be retained to work the land, a Chicago couple commissioned architect Margaret McCurry to convert a 26-acre (11-hectare) farm in Galien, Michigan, into an expanded family compound while preserving as much as was practical of the original farmhouse. — Published 2012.0411

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OSCAR NIEMEYER - BRAZILIAN MODERNIST

As the preeminent figure of one of the most innovative national interpretations of architectural Modernism, and a radical critic of orthodox Modernist aesthetic formulae and moralizing ideologies, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer occupies a unique place in the pantheon of great builders. — Published 2012.0201

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STANLEY TIGERMAN: ARCHITECT AS CHAMELEON

A bedrock belief in the classic theology of modern architecture was that architects always had to be original. Architects were to create a new built world that divested itself from the past, from classical architecture and its decoration, and invent brand-new, innovative buildings. In many ways, for a modern architectural designer, being original could be more important than being good. — Published 2011.1005

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EZRA STOLLER

Many of the finest examples of Modern architecture from the late 1940s to the late 1970s were "made" by a master — not necessarily the architect, but the man who captured the essence of Modern architecture through the lens of his large-format camera: Ezra Stoller. — Published 2011.0223

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DAVID CHIPPERFIELD - ROYAL GOLD MEDAL

Sir David Chipperfield is the 2011 recipient of the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Chipperfield was nominated for the honor by David Adjaye, RIBA President Ruth Reed, and Deborah Saunt. —Editor — Published 2010.1020

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MANHATTAN TOWNHOUSE

Having a strong appreciation for the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Edgar and Clarissa Bronfman commissioned the firm of Peter Rose to design the gut renovation of a Manhattan townhouse in order to create a home with the appropriate atmosphere for their significant art collection. — Published 2010.1013

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ULM MÜNSTERPLATZ

Just over 100 miles (170 kilometers) from Freiburg, Germany, the city of Ulm straddles the banks of the Danube River, and although the two cities' cathedral squares — Münsterplätze — have slightly different birthdates, they are virtual twins. They grew up over the same five-and-a-half centuries, only to be laid low in the same bombing raids of 1944. — Published 2010.0929

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GUY PETERSON'S FLORIDA MODERNISM

Guy Peterson, FAIA, draws on the Sarasota School of Architecture and other influences to create a variety of Florida regional modernism. Peterson spoke with author Saxon Henry about his design philosophy and process. — Editor

Saxon Henry: Why do you think that architects like Mies and Le Corbusier, who were being studied at Harvard during Rudolph's time, have had such an effect on your design philosophies? — Published 2010.0303

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ROYAL GOLD MEDAL FOR I.M. PEI

The RIBA Royal Gold Medal for 2010 goes to an architect whose renown has been built over several decades of consistently producing a very particular kind of structure — often aspired to, rarely achieved.

The characteristic buildings of I.M. Pei stand serene with the elemental dignity of high modernism, while at the same time expressing both the dynamism of muscular structural sculpture and the deep subtle touches of sensitivity to context. — Published 2010.0210

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