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Today's News - May 14, 2002

Anyone who thinks architectural criticism is lacking in the media should be pleasantly surprised with today's news gleanings. The coals have been stoked for a number of high-profile projects and plans, and architects, planners, and countries are taken to task. There is some good news, too…7 World Trade Center is a go (the NY Post included a picture, the NY Times did not). And who doesn't like a good-news story about playgrounds (except a few curmudgeons who might be upset the swing sets are too small for them to play on…).

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Rise From the Ashes: 7 WTC will be an airy, glass-skinned structure - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [image]- New York Post

Tackling Sprawl: It will take the brightest minds in architecture to save suburbia. By John King- San Francisco Chronicle

Op-Ed: Can We Tame Sprawl? Advocates of "smart growth" may be fighting a losing battle against sprawl.- PLANetizen

Shapemaking gone mad: Norman Foster's London City Hall. Restraint is a virtue...is a virtue conspicuously lacking... By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com

Modernist missteps in Houston: New Hobby Center is a glass house without reflection By David Dillon - Robert A.M. Stern; Morris Architects- Dallas Morning News

Mustering a master plan: Why has the Art Gallery of Ontario been resistant to Will Alsop's expansion scheme? - Will Alsop; Frank Gehry- Toronto Star

No green scrutiny for Christmas Island centre- Sydney Morning Herald

BURIED TREASURE Bulldozing History in the Middle Kingdom: China struggles to protect mysterious legacy of Shang Dynasty's capital- San Francisco Chronicle

Activists Fight to Save Beirut's Historic Homes- zawya.com

A dream come true: Jonathan Glancey is seduced by the new Manchester Art Gallery - Michael Hopkins and Partners- The Guardian (UK)

Museum renovations take shape: Detroit Institute of Arts' $91 million project expands space, access - Michael Graves; Maurice D. Parrish [images]- Detroit News

Foreign Architects Starting to Carve Out Niche - Murray O'Laoire; Evata- The Moscow Times (Russia)

EU rejects call to change flag - Rem Koolhaas- Ananova (UK)

L.A. Officials Float Plan to Pay for Hotel Downtown: propose a nonprofit corporation to pay for the $280-million project.- Los Angeles Times

Physicians building playground for kids with disabilities- Pittsburgh Live


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