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    MODEL MILLING

    Rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers and stereolithography have achieved some popularity in producing architectural models. But these methods are limited in the size of the models they can produce, and they require expensive materials. So at School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, we have been working with computer numerical control (CNC) milling to produce architectural models. We have demonstrated the utility of CNC machining by producing a 1:33 scale model of a curvilinear, precast-concrete structure for the Ballingdon Bridge in Suffolk County, England. — Published 2006.0816

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    NEW ORLEANS BETWEEN STORMS

    News reports since late August have been full of stories of human tragedy and governmental incompetence in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Understandably less prominent has been information about the architectural victims, which express the unique character of historic New Orleans. The fate of these buildings is emblematic of the fate of the city itself. — Published 2005.0921

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    ACCESSIBLE GARDEN DESIGN/BUILD

    A special collaboration has resulted in a new garden at the Fircrest Residential Habilitation Center, a facility for the severely disabled near Seattle. To describe the garden simply as "wheelchair-accessible" is to overlook its artistry and the diverse sensory experiences it provides to residents. Creative elements of art and landscape design integrate with functional elements to produce a place for environmental interaction. — Published 2004.0609

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    IN SEARCH OF LOUIS KAHN

    Film review: My Architect by Nathaniel Kahn, 2003.

    "My Architect" is a tale of a son in search of his father and in search of the private Louis I. Kahn. The two-hour documentary takes us to various built works of the famous American architect, from the Richards Medical Center in Philadelphia to the Capital Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. — Published 2003.1217

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    PV AT HOME

    As the cost of photovoltaic (PV) technology declines, it is becoming more common for large companies and institutions to install vast arrays of PV cells to capture solar radiation and convert it into electricity. But until recently, it was the rare individual who would place expensive photoelectric panels on the roof of his or her house. Increasingly, however, lower costs and the appeal of an independent power supply have encouraged small businesses and homeowners to take a closer look at the options. — Published 2003.1210

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    DISCOURSE ON DIGITAL

    Every October, about 100 academics from around the world get together to share ideas and research results in the field of architectural design computing. Members of ACADIA Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture present discoveries about how to use CAD technologies to improve design and design education. They also speculate on future developments and how they might contribute. — Published 2003.1119

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    RECONSTRUCTION COMPLICATIONS CONTINUE

    When architect Daniel Libeskind was chosen in February 2003 to redesign New York's World Trade Center site, it appeared to be an irrevocable decision about the fate of "Ground Zero." But controversies have persisted, and what finally gets built may be very different from Libeskind's original design vision. — Published 2003.0827

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    AIA CONVENES IN SAN DIEGO

    The American Institute of Architects 2003 national convention was held in May in the Southern California city of San Diego. AIA members came to the seaside city for continuing education seminars, to conduct institute business, and to enjoy visits to nearby architectural attractions, such as the famous Salk Institute designed by Louis Kahn. — Published 2003.0528

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    LIBESKIND SCHEME CHOSEN FOR WTC

    On February 27, 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) selected Studio Daniel Libeskind and their widely-applauded design to guide the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in New York. The "Memory Foundations" submission by the Polish-American architect emerged from a competition lasting many months, involving some of the best known architects in the world, and inspiring a lively, often rancorous, public debate. Although the debating is far from over, there now appears to be a framework from which to develop a long-term reconstruction plan. — Published 2003.0305

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    ENGINEERS EXPLAIN WTC COLLAPSE

    After seven months of wide speculation about the causes of New York's World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001, a report has been issued based on physical evidence and a thorough engineering analysis. — Published 2002.0515

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