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Today's News - August 8, 2002

We start today with a visit to one of Shanghai's newest and most luxurious hotels designed by Sydness Architects and HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates. It's time for a reality check on the airports-for-Ground-Zero plan (just how do you trade 5,000+ acres for 16 acres and make it a good deal?). Add to that, two interesting takes on retail (replacing $900/sf income) and real estate agent angles. Urban/suburban issues: A study says that urban containment policies intended to shape growth are rarely implemented; mixed-use is the way to go; and the use of brownfields gets further study. Tokyo is mandating roof gardens. Sydney must avoid "greyness." Harvard commissioned the "occasionally looney-tooney" Rem Koolhaas to re-imagine the campus, resulting in "the Moses scheme" (he wanted to move the Charles River). A private 28-car garage rising in Malibu raises the hackles of urban observer Sam Hall Kaplan. Martha Stewart is not designing K-Mart's makeover. We'd like to go to Design Camp…and much more.

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Luxurious Hospitality: St. Regis Shanghai Hotel - Sydness Architects; HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates- ArchNewsNow

Obituary: John Ollis, 78, Philosopher-architect ahead of his time- Independent (UK)

Doubts Arise in Trade Center Land Swap: Despite public expressions of enthusiasm about the plan...a small number of officials and urban planners are beginning to question the economic wisdom...- New York Times

A Second Chance for Downtown- National Real Estate Investor

Shopping for a Mall Solution: $900/sf revenue stream at underground mall in the World Trade Center...can it be duplicated as the site is redeveloped...- National Real Estate Investor

Holding The Line: Urban Containment In The United States- Brookings Institute

Suburbia 'reinvented': Smart growth initiatives good, mixed-use developments better- Inman News

English Partnerships reviews brownfield policies across Europe- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Tokyo turns to rooftop gardens to beat the heat- Environmental News Network

Sydney told to tap into character of suburbs: risked developing "a sort of greyness"...- Sydney Morning Herald

New course at Harvard? When the World's Greatest University needs an architect, who are they going to call? The world's greatest architect, of course. - Rem Koolhaas- Boston Globe

Architect unveils final design of Canadian War Museum - Raymond Moriyama/Moriyama & Teshima [image]- Globe and Mail (Canada)

City Observed: Outraged at Architecture: ...in the municipal farce that is the city of Malibu...rising with all the charm of a concrete military bunker is a 28 car garage. By Sam Hall Kaplan- KCRW

Dome firm buys Wembley Arena - Richard Rogers Partnership- This is London

Looks Matter: Kmart stores may get a makeover - Arnell Group- Detroit Free Press

Pitching Designs, Not Tents: Design Camp at the Design Institute at the University of Minnesota.- New York Times

Sow and Behold: Husband-wife team landscapes new cathedral with respect for biblical themes - Campbell & Campbell [images]- Los Angeles Times

Twist on packed lunch packs winning punch: SMH Young Designer of the Year Award- Sydney Morning Herald


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