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Today's News - August 19, 2002

Zaha Hadid makes an impression with her "fluid architecture" in a new exhibition at the National Building Museum. As we reported last Thursday, today is the day the LMDC is issuing a Request for Qualifications for a new design study for Ground Zero. As of the posting of today's news, the RFQ has not been released, but should be available sometime today at: www.renewnyc.com. New York City has issued RFP's &Q's for projects in Brooklyn and Queens. And the GSA is looking to renovate its Washington, DC headquarters. There's an interesting take on the do's and don'ts of decision-making for projects of any size. The politics of design continue to rankle regarding the make-over of Arthur Erickson's concert hall. Can LA's "Cultural Corridor" of architectural wonders co-exist with the city's existing urban realities? Suburbia is learning lessons in urban planning - and making some smart decisions. Herbert Muschamp pays tribute to Conrad Hilton, and says "designers will be our new consular corps." Architect Shalom Baranes shows off his Washington, DC. A Japanese center in London will be culturally and environmentally respectful. Bonnie Raitt hits the road with a "green" tour. Will feng shui be the new way in retail design? …and much more.

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Spatial Experiments: "Zaha Hadid Laboratories" at the National Building Museum- ArchNewsNow

RFP's & RFQ's for Design Consultants for Brooklyn & Queens Projects: Deadlines: 9/6 & 9/20- New York Biz

Presolicitation Notice: A/E Design Services for the Major Renovation of the GSA Headquarters Building, Washington, DC- General Services Administration

The elusive art of the decision-making process: ...the lesson arising from the rejection of the first six ground zero plans is clear [for] small towns, projects, big cities and mega buildings: A good process is an integral part of good design. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

Whose hall is it anyway? ...the politics of [Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall] makeover has been fraught with difficulties. - Arthur Erickson; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg- Globe and Mail (Canada)

A Core Dilemma: The Grand Avenue "Cultural Corridor" on Bunker Hill is aloof from the grittier but humanizing reality below. Can the two visions of downtown L.A. be reconciled? By Nicolai Ouroussoff [images]- Los Angeles Times

Suburban downtowns add dash of urban liveliness: the next stage of suburbia -- a scenario where forward-thinking cities take cues from urban tradition... By John King- San Francisco Chronicle

Peace Lobby: Conrad Hilton's global empire was the world's first major architectural statement on the subject of jet-age mobility... By Herbert Muschamp [images]- New York Times

The Architect Who's All Over the D.C. Map: Shalom Baranes Didn't See A Future for Himself Here. Well, Take a Look Around. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Plans for Japanese center in London unveiled: renovation of an old stable block...will be environmentally friendly - Kisho Kurokawa- Japan Today

The Bionic Brownstone: stunning architectural details on many of the city's old buildings are made of faux material. Even some preservationists smile on this trend. [images]- New York Times

Green: A Thing Raitt Talks About: The blues rocker...will provide solar and wind-generated power to the 42 cities on her current tour- Wired

The Architect of Happy Customers: Paco Underhill, guru of store design...getting hip to this scientific feng shui.- Business 2.0

Residents of old Lapham Park welcome transformation: a lesson in what good design based on street-friendly New Urbanist principles can do... By Whitney Gould- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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