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    POSTCARD FROM GLASGOW

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    St. Peters Seminary, built from 1958 to 1966, at Cardross College, Glasgow, Scotland, seems to resonate more deeply as a modern ruin than it ever would have as an operational building. Designed by Isi Metzstein of Gillespie Kidd & Coia, it now stands as heart-achingly modernist, stripped down and pure. From a distance its brown pebble-clad exterior looks like that of a baronial castle, stately and elusive. Palisade fencing, "Do not Enter" signs, and overgrown paths protect its lofty flanks. — Published 2005.0511

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    AIA HONORS CALATRAVA, MURPHY/JAHN

    Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, has been selected to receive the 2005 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes his collective works and his influence on the theory and practice of architecture. — Published 2005.0126

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    DESIGNING FOR MASSIVE CHANGE

    "Massive Change: The Future of Global Design," an ambitious new exhibition on the domain of contemporary design, began its three-year international tour at British Columbia's Vancouver Art Gallery in October. — Published 2004.1110

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    25-YEAR AWARD TO PEI'S EAST WING

    In 1981, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art, designed by I.M. Pei, was the recipient of a national honor award from the American Institute of Architects. Last month, the Washington D.C. building was further honored with the AIA's Twenty-Five Year Award for architecture of enduring significance. — Published 2004.0225

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    IN SEARCH OF LOUIS KAHN

    Film review: My Architect by Nathaniel Kahn, 2003.

    "My Architect" is a tale of a son in search of his father and in search of the private Louis I. Kahn. The two-hour documentary takes us to various built works of the famous American architect, from the Richards Medical Center in Philadelphia to the Capital Complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. — Published 2003.1217

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    AUSTRIAN ALIEN

    Something unexpected has appeared on the bank of the River Mur in Graz, Austria. Between the red brick roofs of neighboring historic buildings, "the friendly alien," as it is locally known, has landed in Austria's second largest city. — Published 2003.1203

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    PIANO'S BEYELER FOUNDATION MUSEUM

    Modern-art collector Ernst Beyeler wanted a tranquil, naturally lit environment for his paintings, despite conventional wisdom that would exclude all sunlight from most art collections. He had been impressed by the building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano for the Menil Collection a nonmonumental space open to contact with nature, facilitating a direct and relaxed relationship between visitor and artifact. — Published 2003.1105

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    ARCHIVING PROJECT DOCUMENTS

    How do you permanently store project documents after a building has been completed? It was much simpler 20 years ago when it was a matter of finding a safe place to shelve paper drawings or perhaps microfilm. In those days, storing was simple, but data retrieval was difficult. Today, we are inundated with so much data in so many formats, that, even though retrieval is theoretically easier, it can still be difficult to develop a truly useful project archive. — Published 2003.1022

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    POSTCARD FROM LONDON

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    Coinciding with the launch of the United Kingdom's Architecture Week 2003, June saw the opening of the fourth temporary pavilion outside the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park in London. This year's structure was designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and is the first UK building by the man who designed Brasilia, his country's capital city. As in previous years, the pavilion will be dismantled and sold at the end of the summer in September. — Published 2003.0903

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    MOSHE SAFDIE PEABODY ESSEX ADDITION

    Moshe Safdie's architecture continues to intrigue. Buildings such as the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Exploration Place Science Center and Children's Museum in Wichita, Kansas, and the Vancouver Public Library in Canada each exhibit the Israeli-born architect's passion for complex geometries, elegant materials, and urban place-making. The new $125 million addition to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is no exception. — Published 2003.0820

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