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Today's News - August 20, 2002

Benjamin Thompson, who passed away on Saturday, influenced urban center renewal (and home furnishings) just about everywhere (we present the tribute from his home town paper, and there is also an in-depth obituary in the New York Times). In case you didn't find it yesterday, there's a link to the RFQ for the WTC site (and another call to build high). An Australian offers his irreverent take on the irrelevance of internship in architecture. Now we have "sick building syndrome" in schools (though it's probably been around for awhile…if our school days memories serve). Time magazine devotes an entire issue to the environment. Shanghai wants to put a cap on skyscrapers while developers in Vancouver want to go higher. Australian architects will have to be registered if they want to design housing. The Royal Ontario Museum is offering a sidewalk cyber-vision of Daniel Libeskind's crystal addition. Jordan attempts to save some landscape from over-development. Engineering prowess saves Fallingwater. UTS gets a $60 million makeover to appeal to foreign students. An intriguing question: will we one day be able to clone our cities? …and much more.

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Obituary: BENJAMIN C. THOMPSON, 1918 - 2002: Architect's vision revived city life. By Robert Campbell- Boston Globe

RFQ for Innovative Designs for the World Trade Center Site- LMDC

Opinion: Build It High: Up is the only way to go at Ground Zero.- National Review

Internship: An Irrelevant Import by Garry Stevens, PhD- ArchVoices

2002 ASID Educational Foundation Winners Announced: Achievements in design literature, projects, and student works recognized.- ASID

'Sick school buildings' on rise, report finds- USA Today

Buildings That Breathe: The best of the new architecture uses nature instead of fighting it [images]- Time magazine

Shanghai to put a cap on new skyscrapers- The Straits Times (Singapore)

Vancouver's tall tale: according to some ambitious developers, it doesn't have enough steel and glass.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Registered architects only for NSW residential flat development- Infolink (Australia)

The future of the ROM in (almost) all its glory: 'In_situ' device designed to offer a virtual glimpse of $200M facelift - Daniel Libeskind- National Post (Canada)

Petra Region Authority to buy private land for development purposes: plans...to reduce the negative impact of uncontrolled construction- The Jordan Times

Plan Steps Out From the Wings: Playhouse* La Jolla venue unveils an $11.5-million expansion - RoTo Architects; Fisher Merriman Sehgal Yanez- Los Angeles Times

Terrace firma: Engineering feats shore up Fallingwater, restoring Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. By Blair Kamin - Robert Silman- Chicago Tribune

University of Technology, Sydney wants to lure overseas IT students: Walter Gropius would be pleased with new IT and education faculty building, an antipodean Bauhaus on Broadway - Woods Bagot- Sydney Morning Herald

If We Lost It All: Cities Die. Should New York Be the First to Clone Itself?- Village Voice

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


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