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Going Dutch The Netherlands first amphibious houses, along the Maas dyke, could provide a new prototype for rebuilding projects in New Orleans. The 37 homes have the ability to float with rising water levels up to 16.4 feet above their normal position by sliding along steel posts, which prevent them from drifting. A quarter of the country's land lies below sea level, and expectations of increasing yearly rain have elicited many prototypes and even models and plans for an entire floating town. American journalists and engineers have been frequent visitors to this project in the past few months as the debate continues over hurricane housing solutions. Recognizing residential redevelopment The winners of the EPA's 2005 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement were recognized recently at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. For overall excellence, the Denver Urban Renewal Authority took the top prize for redeveloping a 27-acre abandoned amusement park into a mixed-use neighborhood. The other awards went to a military-base redevelopment project in Orlando, a shopping-mall redevelop-

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