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Architecture prize honors inventive designs of everyday structures

on Monday,November 09,2009 21:11

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It is the common conception that architecture awards tend to celebrate the designs of such grand locations as opera halls or museums, but at this year''s Kansas City Architecture awards humbler designs were getting all of the attention.

The annual award ceremony, which recognizes the achievements of architects from the region, doled out honors to those designers who created interesting twists on ordinary structures.

Top prize went to the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects who created a replacement utility bridge coated with perforated zinc panels and capped off by pulsing blue LED lights that illuminate the structure from within at night.

"I think it''s an amazing project," Chicago architect and event judge Mark P. Sexton claims in an interview with the Kansas City Star.

Other prizes went to an enhanced auto impound facility that incorporates storm water treatment, a swimming pool for the YMCA built on a tight budget, a bank in Missouri and a trailhead shelter designed by a student at the University of Kansas.

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