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ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

The Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH), designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., sets a new standard for family-centered care in a state-of-the-art pediatric care and infection-control facility. The 70,000-square-meter (750,000-square-foot) facility serves as the hub of the Alberta Children's Healthcare Network. — Published 2007.0725

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NOUVEL'S TORRE AGBAR

The Torre Agbar, a new tall building from Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in collaboration with b720 Arquitectura, Garcia-Ventosa Arquitectura, and Leopoldo Rodes Arquitecto, thrusts into Barcelona's skyline from the Placa de las Glories, a gritty district that Barcelona's planners have designated "the next big thing," a new center of commercial activity. — Published 2006.0823

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BUENOS AIRES ROW

From the New York brownstone to the Shanghai shop house, the rowhouse enjoys widespread success as an urban housing type. A mid-rise infill development in Buenos Aires, designed by Argentinean firm Canda Gazaneo Unga, illustrates the rich potential of this type, translating it into an elegant modern idiom and configuring it to achieve contemporary urban densities. — Published 2006.0524

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OF GLASS AND WARMTH AND WOOD

When a theological seminary commissioned a worship space that would be timeless, spiritually uplifting, and ecumenical, architect Joan Soranno returned to first principles, posing to herself the question: "what is each individual's relationship to God?" In a striking play of form and material, her answer offers a fresh take on religious architecture. — Published 2006.0201

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ART URBANE

The contemporary art museum increasingly shares responsibility for the well-being of its parent city, supporting tourism and its consequent revenue, and galvanizing local redevelopment.

So the Figge, a new museum by British firm David Chipperfield Architects, on the banks of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa, not only envelopes its collections in a luminous and strictly orthogonal embrace, but it stands as a glowing emblem for the regeneration of Davenport's riverfront downtown. — Published 2005.1109

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HIGH-METAL TOWER

A crisp, subtly articulated new form has risen among the towers of New York. The Helena, a 580-unit apartment building designed by FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, formerly Fox & Fowle Architects, brings elegant design and sustainable technologies to a building type often underserved in both these regards. — Published 2005.0928

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DESIGNING FOR MASSIVE CHANGE

"Massive Change: The Future of Global Design," an ambitious new exhibition on the domain of contemporary design, began its three-year international tour at British Columbia's Vancouver Art Gallery in October. — Published 2004.1110

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HOLL ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL AT MINNESOTA

Steven Holl has described the task of designing an architecture school as one of the most difficult of architectural commissions. "Aspiring to design a building which can add to the educational experience of architecture," he says, "is comparable to the problem of a brain surgeon operating on his own brain." — Published 2003.0416

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WISCONSIN CHEMISTRY

In designing a new research tower and lecture hall for the University of Wisconsin Department of Chemistry, the architects of Flad & Associates were inspired by the scholars who work there. "This is a group of incredibly bright and talented people," says Flad design principal, David A. Black, AIA. "The building is intended as a simple statement about who they are and what they've achieved." — Published 2003.0312

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GREEN GUIDE FOR DEVELOPERS

CD-ROM Review: Green Developments by the Rocky Mountain Institute, 2002.

"Real estate development was once a revered profession. It can be so again." This claim begins a new CD-ROM-based guide on "green" building for developers from the Rocky Mountain Institute. — Published 2002.1009

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