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News: Theory meets enigma in 'city of wood' Triennale

Originally the World Architecture Exposition in Nara was planned to take place this year, but the cold winds of recession have been blowing through the ancient city. It has now been put off until 2010, but a number of buildings for the Expo, are, or will shortly be, open. They include Arata Isozaki's conference hall, a rather unimpressive hotel by the late Aldo Rossi, and Kurokawa's apartments.

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