Hannes Meyer’s German Workers’ Seminar in Berlin as UNESCO Heritage Site

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Book Review: Canada (Modern Architectures in History series)

Rhodri Windsor Liscombe

Michelangelo Sabatino


Reaktion Books Ltd.

London (2016)




Although Canada is a large country in area, its population of approximately 38 million—equivalent to the state of California— is concentrated near its southern border with the United States. The rapid expansion of its population over the past century has

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Book Review: Competing Modernisms

Competing Modernisms: Toronto’s New City Hall and Square


George Thomas Kapelos (author)

Christopher Armstrong (Introduction)

Dalhousie Architectural Press (2015)

Halifax, Nova Scotia


Toronto’s 1958 competition for its New City Hall and Square was anything but regional in nature. When the City Hall project was in a gestation stage, there

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Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Inside Story

Book Review

By Paul D. Spreiregen

Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Inside Story

By Robert W. Doubek


McFarland; 311 pages, illustrated



Photos: Paul Spreiregen

On any given day visitors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington may number in the hundreds, sometimes the thousands. Immediately upon its dedication in November 1982 it became and has remained one of the most visited sites in our nation’s capitol. Extending tranquilly across a tree bordered meadow near the Lincoln Memorial, its power as a work of tribute stands among the great memorials of any time or place. It is an American icon.

Visitors to the memorial may know that a college student designed it in a nation-wide design competition and that the selected design was the subject of great controversy. Little else about its creation is known or need be known by a typical visitor. The memorial speaks for itself, honoring the nearly 58,000 Vietnam veterans who died in the war and by implication the millions of others who served. As a work of public art it honors memory and service admirably.

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