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Today's News - May 7, 2002

If you missed our latest lead feature in yesterday's news, the just-completed conceptual design for the Museum of Life and the Environment is now on our home page (click "Home" above). The project couldn't ask for a more eco-friendly team than William McDonough + Partners, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and Nelson-Byrd Landscape Architects. And this posting couldn't be more timely, especially for architects about to descend on Charlotte, North Carolina, for the AIA convention: a special session on "green" museum design has been added to the program. On Friday, principal William McDonough, FAIA, and design partner Christopher Hays, AIA, will present the project and the challenges the team addressed in designing a sustainable museum (details in article).

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Obituary: David Gosling, 67, architect, urban planner- Cincinnati Enquirer

A stellar debut: Not all the stars are onstage at Houston's new Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - Robert A.M. Stern [images]- Houston Chronicle

The thriller on the river: Norman Foster's new London City Hall is in danger of achieving the impossible - making municipal politics look fresh and exciting. By Deyan Sudjic- The Observer (UK)

Opinion: Creating common ground: The Artery surface and the build-out of the waterfront in South Boston provide an enormous opportunity to knit the city together.- Boston Globe

Courthouse atrium's dual identity: Blunder, shining symbol: It's either a blunder by an architect who has never lived through desert weather extremes or a shining symbol of the openness and majesty of the federal government and its justice system. - Richard Meier- The Arizona Republic

Graeme Jahn re-elected to RAIA presidency- Infolink (Australia)

State Hospital job has a first:the first government building in Indiana and the largest building in the country to be constructed with concrete made primarily of fly ash - Veazey Parrott Durkin & Shoulder- Courier & Press

Opinion: Focus on functionality instead of symbolism: ...society is too diverse, for any specific symbolic programme in architecture to be effective.- The Straits Times (Singapore)

Plans emerging for historical complex: Linking buildings, gardens is historical society's vision - Ziger/Snead- Baltimore Sun

New look considered for Gallo arts center: would include a more traditional facade than in the initial design - Carrier Johnson; John Sergio Fisher & Associates [image]- The Modesto Bee

Opinion: The ripples flowing from Seidler's pool: It's so hard to get decent architecture these days. - Harry Seidler; Stutchbury and Pape; Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) [images]- Sydney Morning Herald

Jungle training pays off for design team: Tough 'survival' holiday lays the foundation for firm that clinched top prize for the Duxton Plain project - ARC Studio Architecture and Urbanism- The Straits Times (Singpaore)

EPF gets new home at Penang’s Millionaires Row: Dubbed the mini twin towers because of its resemblance to the Petronas Twin Towers... - Buchan Group [image]- The Star (Malaysia)

Architects applaud Leichhardt Council: decision to remove numerical density and floor space ratio controls from residential developments- Infolink (Australia)


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