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AIA'S BEST NEW BUILDINGS FROM CHICAGO

A glass dome rises from a lawn on the University of Chicago campus. The ellipsoidal structure by Murphy/Jahn — a counterpoint in form and materials to the eclectic buildings around it — is a refined tip of the iceberg for the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. — Published 2011.1207

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AIA EDUCATION DESIGN AWARDS

When Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music set about expanding its midtown Toronto campus, a careful balancing act was required. The project combined construction of the new Telus Centre for Performance and Learning with the progressive restoration of historic McMaster Hall. The conservatory also sought to energize a new cultural district for the city in conjunction with major cultural facilities nearby, such as the Royal Ontario Museum and Gardiner Museum. — Published 2011.1116

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AMERICAN LANDSCAPE AWARDS

When it originally opened in 1978, the Portland Transit Mall created a transit-focused corridor in downtown Portland, Oregon. For a distance of 11 blocks through the commercial core, a pair of one-way streets combined dedicated bus lanes and limited car traffic with wide brick sidewalks and an abundance of trees, benches, and shelters. But despite being an icon for progressive urban planning, the mall suffered deferred maintenance and deterioration over time. — Published 2011.1102

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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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SOLAR DECATHLON 2011

In the U.S. Department of Energy's recent Solar Decathlon, architecture and engineering students competed to build the most efficient, innovative, economical, and attractive home powered by the sun. — Published 2011.1012

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2011 STIRLING PRIZE SHORTLIST

The Stirling Prize for 2011 goes to Evelyn Grace Academy by Zaha Hadid Architects, chosen from a shortlist of six outstanding projects. In this article, ArchitectureWeek documents the five outstanding projects that were shortlisted but didn't get the Stirling Prize, with commentary from the RIBA jury.

Project   Velodrome — Published 2011.1005

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HADID - STIRLING PRIZE FOR EVELYN GRACE ACADEMY

For the second year in a row, the top British architecture prize has been awarded to a building designed by Zaha Hadid.

The Evelyn Grace Academy in the south London district of Brixton has received the Stirling Prize for 2011 from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). — Published 2011.1005

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CRANE COLLAPSE SHIFTS MEMORIAL EVENTS

Around 11 o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, September 7, in Washington, D.C., a 400-foot-tall, 500-ton Liebherr crane collapsed in a thunderstorm wind gust at the National Cathedral. The crane had been working on securing the building after recent earthquake damage, in anticipation of 9/11 memorial observances — slated to include President Obama this Sunday, September 11. — Published 2011.0907

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ENGINEERING GROUND ZERO ON PBS

The PBS series Nova premiered a powerful show on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, about the reconstruction work currently underway at the site of the World Trade Center disaster.

"Engineering Ground Zero" is now available as streaming video on the PBS web site. And it will be rebroadcast by many public television stations across the United States (check local listings). — Published 2011.0907

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ENDANGERED AMERICAN PLACES

The Chicago building that formerly housed Prentice Women's Hospital is proudly unorthodox. Above a steel-and-glass base, in a sea of more-conventional rectilinear neighbors, the building's quatrefoil concrete tower rises banded with oval-shaped windows. — Published 2011.0720

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