Quick! Name 2008's most award-winning bridge! Stuck? Then how about the Residential Project of the Year? Or the best Green Roof projects of 2008? If you're coming up short, you might want to pick up a copy of the just-published Almanac of Architecture and Design 2009.

Winner of a gold award in the "Environments" division of the 2008 IDSA International Design Excellence Awards, the National World War I Museum is notable for the fan-like museum plan that radiates out from the memorial's core at its subterranean level. The entryway is a clear glass bridge over a field of poppies, representing the 9,000,000 people who died in the War. The museum's big guns are placed around the hall as brutal symbols of war but also beautiful examples of industrial design. The memorial creates a vivid portrait of the time and conveys the hard choices and unintended consequences of the war.
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In Greek, the word Xeros means dry, a fitting tag for a house in the Arizona desert. Architect Matthew Trzebiatowski, AIA, working under the name Blank Studio, designed the one-bedroom, 2,200 square foot home for his wife, Lisa, and himself. It's sheathed by rusted wire mesh, which cuts the sun's glare, and corrugated steel that provides some insulation when the temperatures drop. It was awarded the Residential Architect "Project of the Year" award in 2008.
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This residential development, set on the grounds of Clyne Castle in Swansea, comprises 15 detached houses and the conversion of a coach house into three town houses. The goal was to integrate modern influences in a way that respected the historic Clyne Castle and its grounds. The site was shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects award in 2008.
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This two-level home was designed with Spanish traditional dance at its heart. As a user moves through the space, the lines of the building play with perspective and light, much like Flamenco dance. Here Cardillo describes his concept of Flamenco y arquitectura: "If architecture is music in stone can its "limbs" dance? Architecture only remains still in pictures. In real life its natural state is one of transition. Both man and light move within it."
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Situated in the City Park of the renaissance town Kalmar, the new museum is a black 4-level cube clad with large-scale wooden panels punctuated by large glazed openings. The two main spaces are the White Box that can open up directly to the park, and the top floor gallery that is lit by shed light shafts doubling its ceiling height. Inside the building, an open stair spirals up the full height of the building. The Museum won the World Architecture Festival prize for best building in the culture category.
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KieranTimberlake's design for the Yale Sculpture Building and Gallery complex includes three new buildings on a former derelict parking lot. It includes the four-story Sculpture Building, a one-story storefront gallery, and a four-story parking garage. Among the complex's green features are waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets that reduce water use. Rainwater collected from the roof of the Sculpture Building and surrounding landscape is used to flush toilets, eliminating the use of potable water for sewage transfer. This project was chosen as an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project for 2008.
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Fittingly, part of the mission of the LEED gold-certified Molecular Foundry is to find new ways to achieve an energy-efficient future and reduce the environmental impact of human activities. The building consumes 35 percent less energy than the national energy standard, and produces 85 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional facility. The $85 million, six-story, 96,000 square-foot steel, concrete, and glass facility houses instruments that let users study nanoscale materials.

The facility won the prestigious "Secretary of Energy's Excellence in Acquisition Award," given by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
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Cumulus is a wildly imaginative exhibition house on the campus of Danfoss Universe, Denmark's first experience park for families. It will house the latest technology and multimedia tools to enable kids to explore science in an entertaining way. The challenge, Mayer says, was to respect the wide-open space of the site. "I saw the buildings not as buildings but as landscape formations between ground and sky," says Mayer, who used colored steel to evoke the local soil, and a tar-sheet roof similar to those on nearby houses. "We were seeking a new silhouette that is unique, specific, and memorable."

The building earned a commendation in the Architectural Review awards for Emerging Architecture.
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Nestled between two 1920's vintage buildings, Tod Williams Billie Tsien's new bioengineering building is an anomaly in UPENN'S predominantly red brick environs. A concrete building with shingled glass and aluminum curtain wall, zinc panels and glazed green brick, it houses research labs and teaching spaces ranged around a sculptural staircase. It won an Architectural Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects New York chapter.
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In October, the California Academy of Sciences officially became the greenest museum in the world when it was awarded LEED Platinum. It is also the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world. Perhaps its most intriguing feature is its "living roof," a 2.5 acre area, that accommodates some 1.7M plants. Among the varieties digging their roots into the roofy soil are Beach strawberries, California poppies, stonecrop, sea pink, and tidy tips – all plants that provide habitat for wildlife. It earned a 2008 Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
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Quick! Name 2008's most award-winning bridge! Stuck? Then how about the Residential Project of the Year? Or the best Green Roof projects of 2008? If you're coming up short, you might want to pick up a copy of the just-published "Almanac of Architecture and Design 2009."

Quick! Name 2008's most award-winning bridge! Stuck? Then how about the Residential Project of the Year? Or the best Green Roof projects of 2008? If you're coming up short, you might want to pick up a copy of the just-published Almanac of Architecture and Design 2009.

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