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Condensed model of an previous book first published in 2004, yet redesigned to make session and dealing with more uncomplicated. This average paintings includes all of the initiatives and comparative symptoms of the sooner version, preserving its relevance as a reference on mass housing and concrete making plans. Ten city plans and sixty five equipped initiatives in overall are surveyed. Plans are awarded at scale 1:500 and info at scale 1:20.

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The students blackened the ceiling with expansion board— which is usually employed between panels of concrete on sidewalks—and hung bare bulbs from rigid, wriggly wires. The studio’s main job was to clean the building and dismantle its accretions, thereby “revealing its real character,” says Freear. The students removed ceilings to expose roof joists and cleaned the walls to reveal a sweep of green-painted stucco. This swath of color moves your eye from the front through the rear glazing to a little garden whose ruinlike walls form a courtyard paved with donated stone.

60 At back, a ruinlike wall creates a little courtyard. Just beyond is the studio-built HERO Children’s Center of 1999. 61 AKRON SENIOR CENTER 2002 AS A T O W N , Akron is the back of beyond. Located at the dead end of an obsolete rail line on the Black Warrior River, about twenty-six miles northwest of Newbern, Akron briefly thrived during the late nineteenth century when transportation was dominated by railroads and waterways. But once trucking and automobiles took over, Akron, which is inaccessible by highway, languished.

A donation by a Birmingham developer provided glass for the building, and old concrete blocks from renovated women’s dorms at Auburn were employed as footings. “I love the idea that blocks that were holding up beds for middle-class students are holding up a little black church in the middle of Perry County,” Freear says. 47 In replacing a simple country church, the students wanted to create an equally plain building, and they reused materials from the old church. 48 To protect the galvanized-aluminum-clad building from stormwater that eroded the old church’s footings, students positioned it higher on the hillside and erected an entrance retaining wall.

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