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Today's News - July 15, 2002

Today's lead news story about downtown NYC is loaded with hyperlinks to better keep us all "in the loop." The redevelopment of Lower Manhattan raises practical and symbolic issues that can - and will - affect us all as a global community.

While the summer months do not usually see anything more high profile than blockbuster movies, this is not a typical summer - especially this week in New York City as we near the first anniversary of 9/11. Tomorrow, the six proposals for downtown redevelopment prepared by Beyer Blinder Belle/Parsons Brinckerhoff and team will be released. It is a starting point, and will hopefully be followed by meaningful public debate, starting with the Listening to the City town meeting at the Javits Center next Saturday. Inspiration can also be gleaned from "Imagine New York: An Exhibition of Ideas" opening Wednesday (and already on the Web).

Elsewhere: Sasaki Associates strikes gold (and silver) in Olympic design competition; Athens strikes down antiquities to make a new home for the Elgin Marbles (that may or may not be returned); Renzo Piano scores in San Francisco with four headlines; New Urbanism goes truly urban; London is going to get greener; and much more...

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Ground Zero: A Week for Unveilings, Exhibitions, Discussions, and Debates- ArchNewsNow

Architecture firms strike 2008 Olympic gold - Sasaki Associates; Tianjin Huahui Architect and Design Co.; Burckhardt+Partner AG- China Daily

If You Build It, They Will Drink: Blur Building - Diller + Scofidio [images and links]- Wired

Why Foster hasn't cracked it: Looking like a glass-and-steel egg, London's new City Hall is bold but flawed [images]- Telegraph (UK)

ASID, IIDA Discontinue Talks on Single Design Association- IIDA

The New Urbanism comes to the city: Ritz-Carlton Towers...suggests that the New Urbanists' principles can be applied to cities as well as suburban villages. By Robert Campbell - Gary Handel; CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares- Boston Globe

Lessons of a Humanist Who Can Disturb the Peace By Herbert Muschamp - Renzo Piano- New York Times

Academy of Sciences Transforms: The San Francisco facility unveils plan for a $370-million revamping. By Nicolai Ouroussoff - Renzo Piano; Gordon H. Chong and Partners- Los Angeles Times

Daring design -- seeds of 'wow': Museum's living roof has potential to soar By John King - Renzo Piano; Gordon H. Chong and Partners- San Francisco Chronicle

Project's depth was draw for architect By John King - Renzo Piano- San Francisco Chronicle

Good Design Can Make Apartment Living More Than a Low-Rent Alternative to a House By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

In Afghanistan, Small is Now Beautiful: Plans to rebuild the war-torn country emphasize sustainable development and renewable energy- Utne Reader

Drills and axes ravage ancient Greek site: haste to build a museum...in time for the 2004 Olympic games...- The Guardian (UK)

Reports from Nexus 2002: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics conference- Nexus Network Journal

Slaven Street, Play School Place - it's ABC-ville: ...theme park or serious, high-tech business centre? ...redevelopment plan may see it become both.- Sydney Morning Herald

Illegal construction in Capital posing threat to residents- The Frontier Post (Pakistan)

Livingstone, Lord Rogers unveil revamp of Londonís open spaces- The Architects' Journal (UK)


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