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    Architecture Design and Building in North Carolina, USA - 01
    Architecture Design and Building in North Carolina, USA

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    BECHTLER MUSEUM BY BOTTA

    Clad in a glazed terra cotta tile that lends it an orange hue and a sleek feel, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows Swiss architect Mario Botta shifting subtly from his signature brick and stone. — Published 2010.0217

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    APPALACHIAN SUNCATCHER

    Nestled into a hillside near Asheville, North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center is projected to use 75 percent less energy than a comparable conventionally designed facility.

    Trombe walls, a planted roof, bioswales, daylighting, a high-efficiency mechanical energy-recovery system, and other "green" features add up to make this National Park Service facility a contender for LEED Gold certification. — Published 2008.0521

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    NEW URBANISM IN CHARLOTTE

    When New Urbanism was starting to develop in the 1980's, much of the Charlotte, North Carolina, area was not yet conceived; uptown was dying, and building mixed-use areas was "illegal." The suburban model of growth reigned supreme. But times change. — Published 2008.0409

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    SERENITY ON A BUDGET

    A "not-so-big" house is not necessarily an inexpensive house. But if you keep the size of the house small and stick with common materials, basic construction methods, and simple details, you can indeed build or remodel on a limited budget. — Published 2006.0412

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    WHERE PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Blacksmithing is such a fundamental craft that in French, the familiar proverb, "practice makes perfect," takes the form, "c'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron," or literally in English, "it's by forging that one becomes a blacksmith." Editor — Published 2005.1005

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    NORTH CAROLINA AIA AWARDS 2004

    From a restored two-century-old house to a 21st-century health sciences training facility, a diverse collection of projects has been cited in this year's awards program of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The projects reflect the special character of a state that boasts a world-class scientific environment in Research Triangle Park within a historic setting that continues to revere its pre-Civil War culture. — Published 2004.0929

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    INDOOR AIR QUALITY FOR THE EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Research Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the new home to one of the largest multidisciplinary groups of environmental scientists in the world. Designing and building this 1.1 million-square-foot (100,000-square-meter) campus presented the agency with an opportunity to demonstrate its environmental ethics. — Published 2003.0416

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    NORTH CAROLINA AIA AWARDS 2002

    Fourteen architectural projects from across the state of North Carolina were selected in August, 2002, for special recognition by the state's chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Projects recognized include new work and renovations of historic structures. — Published 2002.1030

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    GARAGE TURNS TO SCIENCE

    For 68 years, the industrially functional, but aesthetically minimal one-story brick Clark & Sorrell Garage in downtown Durham, North Carolina served the automotive repair needs of drivers of Fords and other American cars. Before it closed in 2000, the garage was the city's oldest automotive repair shop.

    Just as Durham has changed over those decades, becoming known as the "City of Medicine," so has this building at 323 Foster Street, now on the National Register of Historic Places. — Published 2002.0515

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