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Today's News - July 29, 2002

Kansas City cannot be accused of taking a timid step into the future, judging by Moshe Safdie's design for a new performing arts center. Maya Lin didn't want to, but does offer her thoughts about Ground Zero. New York City's bid to be the 2012 Summer Olympic venue isn't on the "back burner" any more. Sydney can look forward to a commercial construction boom. David Chipperfield's library in Des Moines may grow even greener. Peter Max takes on Poughkeepsie. Robert A.M. Stern aims to please preservationists. The BBC is getting new digs, and schedules a series on architecture. Sasaki Associates' winning plan for the Beijing Olympics draws flak from local architectural traditionalists. Landmark loos are protected…and much more.

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Urban Crown: Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center Signals a New International Landmark - and Sparks Urban Renewal. - Moshe Safdie and Associates; BNIM Architects- ArchNewsNow

Pataki Urges More Flexibility in Rebuilding at Ground Zero: The governor's remarks made it almost certain that there would be a significant overhaul of the land-use plans released last week- New York Times

The Reluctant Memorialist: Maya Lin tried to put the business of monuments behind her. Then came September 11th.- The New Yorker

Bids, Agendas Overlap: The bid to redevelop the West Side, fueled by the city's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the redevelopment of lower Manhattan are linked by a high-powered roster... - Skidmore Owings & Merrill; Cooper Robertson- NY Newsday

Study: Commercial work will make up for decline in houses: the value of new construction of non-residential properties...is forecast to peak at about $43 billion.- Sydney Morning Herald

Praise grows for lush roof in Chicago: Des Moines library designers are studying the perks of a rooftop garden similar to the one at Chicago City Hall. - David Chipperfield; Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture- The Des Moines Register

Opinion: Connects and disconnects: ...library-in-the-park concept is a perfect misfit with the contemporary scene because it has attitude - David Chipperfield; Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture- The Des Moines Register

Top storeys: Auntie's [BBC's] massive new face-lift will give it the largest newsroom in the world. By Jonathan Glancey - MacCormac Jamieson Prichard [images]- The Guardian (UK)

Adding Life and Color to a Once-Faded City: Poughkeepsie [NY] is showing not only a pulse, but actual promise...city leaders are hoping that Peter Max will do for Poughkeepsie what the Andy Warhol Museum did for Pittsburgh.- New York Times

He aims to please: Stern will limit design losses at Sheppard Pratt: Can architect ...expand for the future without destroying its priceless buildings from the past? - Robert A. M. Stern Architects; HDR; Heery- Baltimore Sun

Blueprint by US architects picked for Olympic site: Controversial design ignores city's central axis - Sasaki Associates- The Straits Times (Singapore)

Market design shows dash, practicality: Proposed hall for Fondy vendors takes snapping-fresh approach. By Whitney Gould - Anderson Design Partnership- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Israeli construction companies expanding overseas operations- Ha`aretz (Israel)

Watch on landmark loo: Security will be increased at the famous Hundertwasser toilet block- New Zealand Herald

BBC commits to new architecture schedule- The Architects' Journal

Six Teams Named Finalists in the Public Plaza Design Competition for 55 Water Street in Downtown Manhattan- ArchNewsNow


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