July 31, 2009
  Knitting the City Back Together from Gray and Brown, with Green
After decades of civic hand-wringing over the fate of downtrodden and dysfunctional American cities, perhaps the most progressive sign of their resurgence is the increasing redevelopment of disused industrial infrastructure into urban parkland. Such projects honor and preserve the nation’s industrial history and create sustainable, vital green spaces that allow cities to develop in denser, more energy efficient ways.

Urban Nature Center and Pavilion Built with Sustainability, Economy in Mind
Atlanta-based Lord, Aeck & Sargent has designed the new $9.7 million, 10,000-square-foot Discovery Center and nearby 4,000-square-foot Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion along the Chattahoochee River outside Atlanta. Both are part of the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC).

Pushing the Limits: Contemporary Parisian Architecture in Historic Contexts
Paris is always on the forefront of fashion, and, believe it or not, this is also true of trends regarding new design in historic contexts. While the publicity garnered by IM Pei’s Louvre pyramid in the 1980s brought about a paradigm shift in the mass acceptance of Modern architecture as a complement to a well-known historic monument, eye-catching designs continue to make statements in historic contexts throughout Paris. The projects highlighted in this article mark current trends that choose either to contrast with or demure to their historic neighbors.

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