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Today's News - August 21, 2002

Artist Gordon Huether offers his insight in the partnering of art and architecture. Good news for us to wake up to: ArchNewsNow is named one of the top 50 planning and development Web sites! There's another thoughtful commentary on the "limited competition" process for the WTC site. Engineers are still learning what needs to be done to make buildings safer. A $500 million project goes up in flames just weeks before its official opening. Plans for Sydney Harbor include increasing natural bushlands by 50 percent and conserving or re-using most of the 400 buildings on the sites. Hopes for Millennium Village do not sound so promising. $3 billion will - or won't - save Venice, depending on who you talk to. In a bid for new life for old tobacco factories developers will seek minority- and women-owned architects, designers, and businesses. Zaha Hadid - and her exhibition at the National Building Museum - get a rave review. Spanish architects seem to have an odd take on historic preservation. Everything old is new again for a commercial tower in Sydney based on a 1974 design…and much more.

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INSIGHT: Art in Architecture: Ancient Simpatico By Gordon Huether- ArchNewsNow

PLANetizen 2002 Top 50 Best Planning and Development Websites- PLANetizen

Commentary: Erasing Doubt in N.Y. Plan: Stepping back from last month's World Trade Center site proposals is wise, but a more open contest would be better. By Nicolai Ouroussoff- Los Angeles Times

Engineers soak up what they can about building safety by studying Sept. 11 tragedy (AP)- San Francisco Gate

Gov't to Investigate WTC Collapse: officials were to launch a two-year, $16 million investigation (AP)- Los Angeles Times

Fast-moving inferno destroys upscale San Jose development: Flames eat entire block of almost-finished $500 million Santana Row complex- San Francisco Chronicle

Vote of confidence for harbour sites vision: The proposals, developed by architects Nick Hollo, Rod Simpson and Richard Leplastrier, will go on public exhibition in October- Sydney Morning Herald

Millennium village put on hold: Developers say consultations have delayed north's concept housing- The Guardian (UK)

L.A.'s modernist marvels: From Case Study Houses to oil offices turned chic hotels, the city's mid-century architectural riches are gaining respect [links to sites]- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Plan to save Venice from the sea draws praise, doubts: By December, engineers expect to begin building a [$3 billion] movable wall of 79 huge gates.- Christian Science Monitor

Building task force to restore confidence- Infolink (Australia)

County OKs American Tobacco blueprint : project aims to renovate abandoned tobacco factories and warehouses into offices, shops, restaurants and a hotel or homes- Durham Herald Sun (North Carolina)

Zaha Hadid, Gaining Ground: The Architect's Major Commissions Finally Measure Up to Her Designs. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Developer tears down the home of Madrid's saint: Spanish architects have shown a firm belief that the best way to conserve old buildings is to tear them down and rebuild them in their own, modern versions. - Ramon Andrada- The Guardian (UK)

Leaders give OK for city to build: Augusta hires firm to design courts complex - Turner, Ricci, Woodhurst- Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)

Grollo wins DPP as new tenant: Grocon will complete the original 1974 Joseland Gilling design...$200 million-plus Civic Tower - PTW- Sydney Morning Herald


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