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The finishing touches you choose are often the details most appreciated for both function and beauty. The Italian marble sinks, the Mexican porcelain backsplash, the Canadian sandstone counter tops, the Spanish brushed travertine floor with one-of-a-kind artisan tile inlays from Arizona.

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You'll find amazing surfaces for flooring, kitchen and bath, outdoor, wall coverings, inlays — the finishing touches that will perfect your vision.

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in London, this exhibition features more than 300 objects from Great Britain, where the Arts and Crafts movement began, as well as America, Europe, and Japan. At the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.ima-art.org or call 317/923-1331.

Transcending Type New Haven

Through February 3, 2006 This exhibition was curated by the editors of ARCHITECTURAL RECORD for the 9th International Venice Architecture Biennale held in September 2004. To fit the Biennale's theme, Metamorph, alluding to landmark changes in architecture largely fueled by the digital revolution, the curators invited six inventive young architects to share their unique visions of characteristically American building types. At Yale School of Architecture gallery. Call 203/432-2288 or visit www.architecture.yale.edu.

Wine Architecture: The Winery Boom Vienna

Through February 6, 2006 This exhibition presents the background and developments that led to the unique Austrian cultural phenomenon (which emerged in the 1980s) of combining wine with architecture. At Architekturzentrum Wien. Call 431/ 522-3115 or visit www.azw.at.

Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture into Architecture New York City

Through March 5, 2006 Many forms of Calatrava's celebrated buildings originated in his independent works of art. This exhibition showcases his sculptures in marble and bronze, drawings, and architectural models, including work related to the new transportation hub he has designed for the World Trade Center site. This is the first exhibition in the U.S. to feature such a large selection of Calatrava's independent work and to examine it in conjunction with his architecture. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Call 212/535-7710 or visit www.metmuseum.org.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours Chicago

Through March 2006

Led by trained volunteer docents, these acclaimed tours explore the architecture of the

Chicagoland area via bus, boat, train, by walking, or Segway. For descriptions of all tours, visit

www.architecture.org/tours.

ReThink/ReDesign/ReCycle Chicago

The ongoing exhibition Competition: Public Process for Public Architecture will be updated with the display of more than 100 entries for the competition to design on-street recycling bins created by members of the City of Chicago and the AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum. At the CAF's CitySpace Gallery. Call 312/922-3432 or visit www.architecture.org.

Lectures., Conferences, and Symposia

Against Type New Haven

January 12, 2006

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcending Type, Yale School of Architecture will host a panel discussion moderated by Suzanne Stephens, deputy editor of Architectural Record. In Hastings Hall, Yale School of Architecture. For more information, call 203/432-2288 or visit www.architecture.yale.edu.

Realizing Affordable Housing through Smart Growth Washington, D.C.

January 12, 2006

Ralph Bennett, president of Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects and architecture professor at the University of Maryland, will discuss five keys for achieving affordable housing through smart growth. He will consider the current housing boom and offer solutions that are inextricably linked to land use policy. At the National Building Museum. Call 202/272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

CityVision: Young Designers Envision Future D.C. Neighborhoods Washington, D.C.

January 13, 2006

District of Columbia middle school students who participated in the CityVision Fall 2005 Program will present their ideas for improving the Navy Yard, Potomac Avenue, and Capital Hill extended neighborhoods. At the National Building Museum. Call 202/272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

Symposium: Greening Roofs Washington, D.C.

January 17, 2006

In the U.S., green roofs are a rapidly emerging technology of sustainable architecture and best management practices. Benefits of green, or vegetated, roofs include reducing storm-water runoff and urban heat islands while lowering a

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building's energy requirements. Michael Perry, with Building Logics and Dawn Gifford with D.C. Greenworks will discuss the applicability and benefits of this technology, the elements of green roof systems, and examine the growing trend in the United States toward green roofs. At the National Building Museum. Call 202/272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

Davis Brody Bond/Max Bond Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2006

In July 2004, the architecture firm Davis Brody Bond was selected to complete the overall plans for "Reflecting Absence," the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City designed by Michael Arad, AIA, and Peter Walker, FASLA. A founding principal of the New York-based firm, J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA, will discuss this central piece of the WTC site as well as his firm's other notable projects, including Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. At the National Building Museum. Call 202/272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

Craig Dykers/Sn0hetta Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2006

The buildings of Sn0hetta are smoothly integrated into the landscape through the innovative use of materials and forms. Craig Dykers, a founding principal of the Norwegian-based studio, will discuss some of the firm's internationally acclaimed projects, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt; the Turner Contemporary in Margate, England; and the National Opera House in Oslo. At the National Building Museum. Call 202/272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

GSA Federal Building Tour Washington, D.C.

January 28, 2006

A major federal building designed by architect Moshe Safdie is currently under construction in the NOMA (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington. The agency headquarters includes a six-story, crescent-shaped wing and two rectilinear, eight-story wings connected by an atrium. Jean Hundley, project manager with the General Services Administration, will lead a tour of this 422,000-square-foot project. Call the National Building Museum at 202/272-2448 or visit www.nbm.org.

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a national veterans' service and disability rights organization, has issued a call for nominations recognizing contributions to accessible design. Each year, PVA honors an individual with this national award for his or her sensitivity to the importance of accessible design, as well as the difference he or she has made through a particular project in achieving a barrier-free environment. Visit www.pva.org.

Design Ideas Competition

Deadline: January 16

A design ideas competition for a landmark building, expected to achieve a prominent height ranging between 50 and 60 floors, is part of the fourth phase of the Absolute development in the City of Mississauga, the second-largest city in the Greater Toronto area. The competition is intended to further develop the urban planning vision of the Mississauga City Center. The objective is to create an ensemble of high-quality buildings that contribute to the ongoing evolution of the Mississauga City Center, and the establishment of a strong residential neighborhood. Visit www.yourabsolute.com for more information.

Dedalo Minosse International Award Competition

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2006 In its sixth year, this competition focuses on the

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