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Today's News - August 15, 2002

It was bound to happen…and finally has: An official Request for Qualifications for design proposals for Ground Zero will be available Monday. The latest Who What When column has lots of industry news notes from all over . Security is in the limelight - will there ever be a more aesthetic solution than jersey barriers? Hopefully, a Designing for Security symposium next month may come up with some answers). There's good and bad news in a UN report on the environment in North America. History is under water in Europe. The south of England needs at least another million homes (but what will they be if planning regulations are relaxed?). We won't know what Cesar Pelli's Minneapolis Library will really look like until October, but early reports make it sound interesting. Charles Jencks once declared modern architecture dead; now he's offering new cues for architecture from the fields of number theory, recent thinking about biology, geology, astrophysics and Gaia, and "unveiled a rather moving monument to his principles." New projects for diplomatic facilities in Seoul are called "a typical case of a bully twisting the arms of the weak"…and much more.

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It's Official: Ground Zero Design Study Underway, and Architects and Planners Around the World Are (finally) Invited- ArchNewsNow

Who What When - 8/15/02: of interest, on the boards, firm news, and people on the move- ArchNewsNow

A Midtown Skyscraper Quietly Adds Armor: Citigroup Center, the 59-story tower on East 53rd Street- New York Times

Messages in Concrete: The Aesthetics of Safety- New York Times

North America's Environment: A Thirty–Year State of the Environment and Policy Retrospective- United Nations Environment Programme

As Floods Ebb in Prague, Threat Rolls Into Germany: Historic Cities Survey the Devastation [images]- New York Times

Report calls for extra million homes within eight years: also calls on the government to relax planning regulations- The Architects' Journal (UK)

How will new Minneapolis library stack up? City Council Member expected a more traditional design but said, "For a modern building, it looks pretty good." - Cesar Pelli- Star Tribune

A Campus for Collaboration, at a Billion Bits Per Second: Weatherhead School of Management - "It was designed to get people to bump into each other" - Frank Gehry [image]- New York Times

Top-rank architects shortlisted to create fourth 'grace' for Liverpool - Richard Rogers; Norman Foster; Will Alsop; Edward Cullinan- The Guardian (UK)

Exhibition: "Perfect Acts of Architecture" August 15 - October 19 [images]- Culture Vulture

The Rooms at Fort Townshend a centre second to none: $47-million cultural and historical epicentre - PHB Group- The Telegram (Canada)

Off with those blocks - learn to lurve the curve: According to the critic Charles Jencks, 'the new paradigm' is the next big thing for architecture... By Deyan Sudjic- The Observer (UK)

Future design: A sustainable and secure future is central to the Designing Futures symposium in Perth this week.- Western Australian Business

Palace losing shine in 'diplomatic' town: Emerging as a new host of foreign missions in Korea, Jeong-dong...but the trend has only sparked a controversy over the district's cultural identity.- Korea Herald


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