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Today's News - May 3, 2002

In our latest feature (click "Home" above"), Architect Lorcan O'Herlihy has designed a 21st Century house - meaning it's as close to earthquake-proof as is possible (and required) - wrapped with a mid-20th century Modernism sensibility. The private residence located in the hills above Los Angeles has already garnered a number of reader responses including "drop-dead sexy…" and "'wicked Hollywood hideaway'" written all over its fine bones." Not your typical architectural discourse, perhaps, but a refreshing take on what architecture can inspire.

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Obituary: Christopher Bowerbank, 61...A modern English architect with a passion for his country's natural and cultural heritage...- The Guardian (UK)

Berlin US Embassy Plan Clears Hurdle: ...ending years of friction over how best to squeeze the building into a tight spot at its pre-World War II site (AP) - Moore Ruble Yudell- New York Newsday

Terrorism Insurance Bill Needed Now to Stabilize Market, Construction Industry Round Table Exclusive Poll Finds- US Newswire

Insurance increases threaten survival of building firms- Irish Independent

Energy efficiency lab to open in Portland: designed to encourage architects, building owners and developers to build more energy-efficient buildings- Portland Business Journal

SouthSide plan gains eateries, interest: $170 million retail, entertainment and office complex, where once an LTV steel mill stood [images]- The Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh)

Tied to the land: As wide open spaces fill in, developers seek hard-to-find urban sites- Chicago Tribune

Disney is selling more than 2,000 acres of citrus land in Lake County [Florida] to a developer- Orlando Sentinel

Land Project Could Yield Stadium: City Council lays groundwork for 879-acre redevelopment district that advocates say could bring NFL back to L.A.- Los Angeles Times

Jewel on the hill finds a jungle at the door: When heritage collides with urban sprawl, the results aren't pretty- Sydney Morning Herald

[Glasgow City] Council building work is 'horrific': ...professional and technical services section, which supervises construction work, was forced to order remedial action on 93% of jobs done in-house- The Herald (UK)

Bid for golden dome considered: buyer who might turn the familiar structure into an office, retail and Asian community center- The Oklahoman

ACEN [Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigerian] Galvanising New Formulae for Empowerment: consultants and professionals in the building and construction industry struggle for rightful place in their fatherland- Daily Champion (Lagos)

Beijing Olympics to Preserve Old City: promise to preserve the city's historical look despite big construction program for the 2008 Olympic Games- People's Daily (China)

Skilled labour shortage threatens city projects- The Scotsman (UK)


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