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In a Warm Temperate Climate

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FOOTBRIDGE IN HONG KONG

Permission to construct the new Cheung Kong Center at the corner of Garden Road and Queen's Road Central came with the stipulation that Cheung Kong Holdings, Ltd., would reconnect the two ends of a public footpath that once crossed the site. — Published 2012.0919

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801 17TH STREET IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Developer Louis Dreyfus Property Group, now Property Group Partners (PGP), had high goals for its 801 17th Street building, strategically located a block from the White House and Lafayette Park. — Published 2012.0620

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MOSHE SAFDIE BUILDS FOR PEACE

From the intersection of 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., at a corner of the U.S. National Mall near the Potomac River, the grandeur of the Lincoln Memorial is due south, and war-related memorials to Vietnam veterans, World War II, and George Washington, among others, unfold to the left, southeastward. — Published 2011.1109

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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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PLATFORM HOUSE IN PLATTE COUNTY

The origins for the design of the Platform House in rural Platte County, Missouri, are derived from utilitarian buildings of the region and rooted in the economy of the elevated shed.

Designed by Rockhill and Associates to replace an existing farmhouse, this new building relates to the vernacular tradition of keeping farm buildings elevated above the ground to eliminate moisture and prevent the growth of mold. — Published 2011.0615

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DESIGNING A SMITHSONIAN ROOF

Foster + Partners won an invited international architecture competition in 2004 to design a new courtyard enclosure for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, housed in the Old Patent Office building in Washington, D.C. Early in the project, the firm's Specialist Modelling Group was brought in to advise the project team on modeling techniques, to develop new digital tools, and help solve the complex geometric issues involved. — Published 2010.1027

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CREATING THE WASHINGTON METRO

The Washington, D.C., Metro project established Harry Weese & Associates as the country's foremost architectural designer of rail transit systems, and led to the firm's involvement in the planning and conceptual design of systems in cities in North America and overseas, including Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, Buffalo, Toronto, and Singapore. Jack Hartray characterized the Metro as the "greatest architectural opportunity" of the 20th century, and Stanley Allan called it the "crown jewel" in the history of the Weese firm's commissions. — Published 2010.1027

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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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BECHTLER MUSEUM BY BOTTA

Clad in a glazed terra cotta tile that lends it an orange hue and a sleek feel, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows Swiss architect Mario Botta shifting subtly from his signature brick and stone. — Published 2010.0217

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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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