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THE ADA AT TEN: IS IT WORKING?

Timidity and a lack of enforcement strategy are the reasons the Americans with Disabilities Act is not being enforced, according to a new study. Released by the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that makes policy recommendations to the White House and Congress, the study notes that government agencies charged with enforcing the ADA have been "overly cautious, reactive, and lacking any coherent and unifying national strategy."

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INDUSTRIAL FACILITY TURNS TO THE ARTS

An aging bus repair shop may seem an unlikely place for a progressive art school. But when the shop is a classic monument to mid-20th century industrial architecture, and when the school is eager to marry art and pragmatism, the result works beautifully.

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RITZY PRESERVATION SAVES PHILADELPHIA LANDMARK

About 97 years ago, the Girard Trust Bank commissioned the New York firm of McKim, Mead and White to construct a monumental new facility in Philadelphia near the City Hall. Bank president Effingham Morris wanted to make a dramatic statement forecasting a change in Philadelphia's center of business by having the bank modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.

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NEW YORK BRIDGEMARKET OPENS AFTER DECADES IN RESTORATION

Bridgemarket has been one of New York City's best kept secrets: a cathedral-like space beneath the Queensboro Bridge adorned with a canopy of Guastavino tile vaults. Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, a leading architectural, planning, and interior design firm first presented plans for a market in 1977 and ushered the project through an extensive public review process and several design incarnations. After three decades, the public-private effort to redevelop the historic marketplace became a reality earlier this year with the opening of the main space.

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HISTORIC LIBRARY REOPENS IN SAVANNAH

The newest find in this charming Southern city is one of its oldest buildings. On April 9, the Bull Street Main Library in Savannah, Georgia's Victorian district reopened after renovation and expansion by the New York firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (HHPA) and the Savannah firm of Cogdell & Mendrala Architects.

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