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When Architecture Met Real Estate

The Times gets superlocal with a profile of Rick Bell, executive director of New York's AIA chapter, on negotiating real estate to promote architecture to the public. The AIA's public center on LaGuardia Place in the Village is undergoing an expansion by Rogers Marvel Architects after Bell successfully lobbied for an adjoining storefront at $9,500/month. Though the NYC Center for Architecture was not the first, "its success has 'ushered in a new wave of Centers for Architecture across the U.S.,'" 12 at current headcount. [NYT]