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    "THE STORE PROBLEM"

    The modern movement in architectural and decorative design may be applied with peculiar success to the design of shops and stores. — Randolph W. Sexton American Commercial Buildings of Today, 1928

    The representation of store design in American architectural magazines through the 1920s was only partly about selling goods. Editors deemed it necessary to ensure that such work first and foremost be considered a high-minded architectural enterprise — that is, respectable, professional, artistic, and anything but commercial.

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    DESIGNING THE CREATIVE CHILD

    At the same time that middle-class children gained space in the general living areas of the family house and their bedrooms were decorated to enhance self-esteem and creativity, they also acquired their own miniature dwellings.

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    LABROUSTE BROUGHT TO LIGHT

    Henri Labrouste is not exactly a household name, even in most architects' households. But an exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art through June 24 should help change that.

    The French architect (1801-1875) was educated at the French Academy in Rome, trained in classical architecture, and spent his early career in Paris designing public spectacles, such as the return of Napoleon's ashes to the capital in 1841. Labrouste even designed a tomb for Bonaparte's remains.

    (Published 2013.0424)

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    Building Culture Around the Web

    Urban renewal boundary changes could benefit big names in real estate — Oregonian, 2014.1201

    Do Urban Neighborhoods Need Homeowners? — Rooflines, 2014.1125

    26 charts and maps to be thankful for — Vox, 2014.1124

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