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Deconstructivist Modern Architecture

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HS#9 BY COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

"Revolution 9" is a song recorded by the Beatles and released on The White Album in 1968, that heady year when students were demonstrating across Europe, the Vietnam War was at a fever pitch, and Coop Himmelb(l)au was founded in Vienna. The song has been described as the best-known work of avant-garde music and the most disliked moment of any Beatles album. — Published 2011.0810

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PREDOCK'S CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

"You never know, even if you think you do, where you're going." —Antoine Predock

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is intended to be an educational museum of ideas rather than objects, where we can "explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada," according to the museum's web site. — Published 2011.0803

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LIGHTING WITH STEVEN HOLL

Architect Steven Holl spoke about his approach to architectural lighting in a conversation with Hervé Descottes of the lighting design firm L'Observatoire International, which frequently collaborates with Holl's firm. —Editor

Hervé Descottes: How do architecture and space make use of light? — Published 2011.0713

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CHERNOBYL BY THE SEA

The best data available clearly suggest that the emissions of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and cesium-137 from the compound disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in 2011 are now comparable to the total emissions of those isotopes from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

These scientific estimates have been published by the national weather agency of Austria, based on detailed weather modeling since the start of the Fukushima accident 14 days ago. — Published 2011.0323

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BEYOND THREE MILE ISLAND

The best data available clearly suggest that the emissions of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and cesium-137 from the compound disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in 2011 are now comparable to the total emissions of those isotopes from the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

These scientific estimates have been published by the national weather agency of Austria, based on detailed weather modeling since the start of the Fukushima accident 14 days ago. — Published 2011.0316

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HADID - MAXXI - STIRLING PRIZE 2010

In the Flaminio district of Rome, a sinuous concrete building stands on a quiet street. This is the home of MAXXI, the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (National Museum of 21st Century Art).

Designed by Zaha Hadid, MAXXI has received the Stirling Prize for 2010 from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). — Published 2010.1006

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LODI BUNKHOUSE

Situated on a vineyard in the flatlands of the Napa Valley, in St. Helena, California, the Lodi Bunkhouse's narrow parcel parallels the Napa River and abandoned Southern Pacific rail line. The bunkhouse's planning, fenestration, and assembly reverberate with the site's inherent orders of directionality and scale. Functioning as an artist's retreat, the program includes open studios, communal domestic zones, and individual bunkrooms. — Published 2010.0811

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URBANISMS / TURKEY

In Akbuk, Turkey, overlooking the Aegean Sea, a new eco-reserve of small town fragments, like islands in a preserved landscape of cultivated natural vegetation, will be characterized by advanced technologies in sustainability, while also anchored in the poetic reverie of this ancient site. The nearby ancient Greek town of Miletus inspires a compact gridded plan. — Published 2010.0714

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GREEN GAS STATION?

The irony of a LEED-certified gas station includes the fact that U.S. gas stations each currently deliver, on average, about 850,000 gallons of fossil fuel per year, representing about 8,200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per gas station annually — not to mention the wide range of environmental impacts along the overall petroleum production chain. This station is a beautiful structure — but how green can it be? Does a greenwashing project like this — however elegantly designed as a structure — deserve coverage in a professional architecture magazine? What about the designers of such a project? Author Philip Jodidio discusses the broader context below. Comment online. — Editor — Published 2010.0407

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HOLL'S LINKED HYBRID

China's recent willinginess to be an architectural testing ground has left it with a fair share of question marks dotting urban horizons, but in Linked Hybrid the gamble may have paid off. The bold, high-end residential complex in Beijing, by Steven Holl Architects, offers a more pervasive and open sense of neighborhood than most other modern high-rise housing in the city. — Published 2010.0120

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