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EVOLVING THE SOLAR HOUSE

By the end of the 1970s, a significant discourse emerged about the solar house's aesthetic problems and potentials. In numerous cases, solar architecture was treated as a historically emergent type with a secure and inevitable future. One example from 1978: — Published 2013.0605

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B.C. APARTMENTS

In both the emergence and ensuing development of a modern architectural idiom in Canada's Pacific Northwest, designs for the detached family home have served an important role as crucibles of exploration and research.

New materials and building technologies have been allied with challenges to conventional social habit, while the rugged terrain, lush vegetation, and benign climate have provided a profound measure to the artifice of design. — Published 2013.0605

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HOPKINS AT NORWICH

In the fourteen years between 1995 and 2009, Hopkins Architects were responsible for the design and realization of the largest building project that Norwich Cathedral had seen since the Middle Ages. — Published 2013.0515

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AIA GREEN TOP TEN

Located at the edge of Oakland, California's downtown Chinatown neighborhood, a colorful new affordable senior housing project transformed an abandoned site near a busy freeway into a community resource for disadvantaged and formerly homeless senior citizens while also exemplifying good universal and sustainable design.

The six-story Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments, designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, was certified at the Platinum level under a LEED for Homes Mid-Rise pilot program. — Published 2013.0424

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THE STORY OF WEMBLEY STADIUM

The original Empire Stadium at Wembley was one of the wonders of its age. The focal point of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, it was designed by Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton and engineered by Sir Owen Williams. — Published 2013.0327

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CORBU'S MAISON TERNISIEN

The house was designed for a couple who approached Le Corbusier after he lectured at the Sorbonne in 1924.

The overall building form is influenced by the shape of the triangular site and the interior by the requirement of merging two different programs: a double-height space with a sleeping balcony for the wife's painting studio and a pie-shaped one-story space for the husband's music studio. — Published 2013.0130

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ESPACE JACQMOTTE - MIXED USE IN BRUSSELS

When architect Michel Jaspers discovered this full city block, which had been left vacant for decades and fallen into disrepair, he conceived to transform it into what the Espace Jacqmotte is today: probably the first large-scale mixed-use complex in the heart of the city. The aim was to provide a mix of functions, thereby fulfilling the needs of various different occupants and visitors. — Published 2013.0109

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SAINSBURY LABORATORY - STIRLING PRIZE

A stately temple of science has recently been added to the University of Cambridge campus. The limestone-clad Sainsbury Laboratory, a major plant science research center in Cambridge, England, has received the Stirling Prize for 2012 from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Rooted in Darwin's Garden — Published 2012.1024

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FOOTBRIDGE IN HONG KONG

Permission to construct the new Cheung Kong Center at the corner of Garden Road and Queen's Road Central came with the stipulation that Cheung Kong Holdings, Ltd., would reconnect the two ends of a public footpath that once crossed the site. — Published 2012.0919

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TROPICALISMO

As Le Corbusier was casting in concrete and Philip Johnson was building glass houses, ambitious architects in Puerto Rico were also experimenting with the tenants of International and Modernist styles. — Published 2012.0808

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