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THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL: MAYBECK AND AALTO

The San Francisco-based magazine Architectural News ceased publication in 1891 after only three issues, so there is no way of knowing what the specific contents of a planned future issue, a translation of Gottfried Semper's Der Stil by Bernard Maybeck, might have been. There is no evidence that the translation was ever made, of what sections he would have chosen, or what Semper's influence on Maybeck's work might be. — Published 2012.0404

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ANATOMY OF METABOLISM

The exhibit "Metabolism, the City of the Future" at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo is a major retrospective looking at Japan's most widely known and perhaps least understood modern architecture movement.

Subtitled "Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Postwar and Present-Day Japan," the exhibit throws up images depicting a sci-fi world of floating cities, metropolises in the sky, and soaring geometric shapes and patterns repeated over and over with little apparent correspondence to the psychological needs of humans. — Published 2011.1214

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UIA WORLD CONGRESS 2011

There were fears that the great earthquake that struck eastern Japan in March 2011 would in some way lessen the UIA World Congress recently held in Tokyo by the International Union of Architects (UIA). — Published 2011.1026

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POMPIDOU-METZ BY SHIGERU BAN

Shigeru Ban has recently been spending almost three-quarters of his time outside Japan, and one main reason for this pattern is the fact that he was building the Centre Pompidou-Metz, an ambitious extension that the Parisian institution has undertaken in the eastern French city of Metz. — Published 2011.0622

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4 X 4 HOUSE BY TADAO ANDO

Jean-Marie Martin describes the 4 x 4 House by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, and Ando himself offers thoughts on the challenges of contemporary architecture. —Editor

Upon reviewing the techniques that Tadao Ando employed to design the 4 x 4 house, the most striking aspect in its appearance is the configuration of the four floors that form the structure. — Published 2011.0608

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COMPARING FUKUSHIMA AND CHERNOBYL

Our goal with this article is to support an accurate, technically grounded, and broadly comprehensible comparison of the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear disasters, to facilitate realistic understanding of these serious accidents by the technically savvy ArchitectureWeek A/E/C readership.

Why This Comparison? — Published 2011.0413

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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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EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI AFTERMATH

A huge earthquake of magnitude 8.9 or 9.0 and devastating tsunami hit Japan on Friday afternoon, with impacts centering in the vicinity of Sendai (see above pre-earthquake photo) (2011.0311, 2:46 PM Tokyo local time, 12:46:23 AM EST, 05:46:23 UTC).

— 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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EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

A huge earthquake of magnitude 8.9 or 9.0 and devastating tsunami hit Japan on Friday afternoon, with impacts centering in the vicinity of Sendai (see above pre-earthquake photo) (2011.0311, 2:46 PM Tokyo local time, 12:46:23 AM EST, 05:46:23 UTC).

— Published 2011.0316

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