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    YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART

    The Yale Center for British Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, is considered to be among the finest structures of noted architect Louis I. Kahn. Begun in 1973, one year before his death, and opened to the public in 1977, the museum was built to house the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. — Published 2005.0302

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    POSTCARD ON MODERN FINNISH CHURCHES

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    Perhaps modern architecture never missed a beat after the mid-20th century in Finland. At least that is what you might conclude from a small but engaging exhibit currently at the Scandinavia House in New York City. "Sacral Space: Modern Finnish Churches" includes a dozen houses of worship built in Finland between the late 1930s and today (the latest one is currently under construction in Turku). They are sleek and modern, filled with ethereal light, with clean lines and spare spaces. — Published 2005.0216

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    SALVADOR DALI — ARCHITECT

    Throughout his life, surrealist Catalan artist Salvador Dalí played the role of cultural provocateur, but behind the extravagance was a more subtle, private man. His artistically formative years revolved around his intense relationship with his wife, Gala Diakonova, and their treasured joint project, a house in the remote Port of Lligat on the Mediterranean coast near Cadaqués, Spain. — Published 2005.0202

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    POSTCARD FROM KHIRKI VILLAGE

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    Khirki Village, a small "urbanized village" to the south of New Delhi, conceals Khirki Mosque, one of the city's most famous archaeological monuments. Notable for its unusual architectural style, the mosque's roof has four large openings, creating courtyards for light to penetrate into the monumental, red, sandstone building. The most dramatic views are from the roof — where a vast landscape of domes creates a forbidden playground for local children and breathtaking views of the surrounding village. The village takes its name from the mosque — khirki means "lattice windows." There are over 40 of these intricate stone screens on the exterior of the building. — Published 2005.0119

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    PRESERVATION AWARDS 2004

    Although the built history of the United States is relatively young compared to that of most of the rest of the world, heroic efforts are sometimes needed to preserve what remains. The damaging effects of natural disasters, neglect, and "progress" often destroy old buildings before their historic value can be appreciated. — Published 2005.0105

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    POSTCARD FROM PIESTANY

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    Balneotherapy — therapeutic bathing in hot springs — has been attracting visitors to Piestany, Slovakia since the 17th century. Today, a treatment area and five hotels are situated on Spa Island in the River Váh, the source of the healing thermal waters and sulfuric mud. — Published 2004.1208

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    SCHOOLS OUR KIDS WOULD BUILD

    In 1967, and again in 2001, British schoolchildren were invited to submit their ideas to a competition "The School I'd Like." In their drawings and poems, they expressed the desire for schools that are attractive, safe, flexible, relevant, and respectful. This review of the archived results suggests that architects could benefit from understanding these children's visions. — Editor — Published 2004.1117

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    HOLLYWOOD BOWLING

    The Hollywood Bowl amphitheater became a site for world-class performances over 80 years ago. It was the backdrop for romantic memories and a reflection of the growth of the Los Angeles metropolis. And while the sentimental attachment of Angelinos to this hillside entertainment venue in Bolton Canyon has remained strong, the theater itself has actually changed character many times in the intervening decades. — Published 2004.1020

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    THE HYPERBOLIC BRICK OF ELADIO DIESTE

    Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste would not have realized his brilliant, innovative works had he relied on the conventions of ordinary practice. Instead, he began from first principles. In the hands of this extraordinary engineer, adherence to first principles did not inhibit but rather enhanced the search for sound forms appropriate to the demands put upon them. — Published 2004.0929

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    POSTCARD FROM THE CYCLADES

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    Traveling in the Greek Isles often entails long trips on a ferry. Any tedium, however, in a journey through the Cyclades is amply offset by gorgeous views of passing islands, each dotted with tableaus of striking white, boxlike buildings. In port towns, these buildings generally stand out as individual cuboids with streets and alleys between them. — Published 2004.0915

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