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Today's News - August 26, 2002

We're off to a busy week! London's Natural History Museum is getting ready to open the Darwin Centre, a modern building sensitive to its historic setting. King-lui Wu, who influenced many of our current archi-stars, has passed away. Security and architecture: two views. Los Angeles' new cathedral looks like it's ready play an important part in the city's urban, as well as spiritual, community. There's an effort to change residential design so that we may grow old gracefully. Local building councils are seeing green, but it looks like the World Summit on Sustainable Development is off to a rough start. Victoria Harbour in Melbourne is in for a big change. A Canadian town wants to curb sprawl, but not all are pleased. Cookie-cutter school design is not always a treat. An architect's weekend house combines classic and contemporary aesthetics. Danish design is hot…and much more.

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Architecture Parlante: The Darwin Centre by HOK International- ArchNewsNow

Obituary: King-lui Wu, 84, Architect and Longtime Yale Professor- New York Times

American builders go on the defensive: The big question now...whether the new plans spurred by the attacks will marry beauty and security...or...structures (and our way of life) will cease to be recognizable. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

The Use and Limits of Security Placebos: Designing defensively to minimize risks and increase feelings of security can shape, or misshape, the urban landscape and its architecture. By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

Editorial: Unpretentious and Timeless: Downtown Cathedral Is a Modern Interpretation of a Sacred Space That Works. By Sam Hall Kaplan - José Rafael Moneo; Leo A Daly; Campbell and Campbell- Los Angeles Downtown News

Mother Church of a Secular City? The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels could become the spiritual center of this disconnected city. Then again, it could become a $200-million reminder of just how little we have in common. [images]- Los Angeles Times

Age sparks structural issues: More than one million homes unable to meet mobility needs of disabled residents- Inman News

Local building councils are guided by environmental principles: promote a more holistic approach to sustainable design- Environmental News Network

Organizers struggle to keep Earth the focus of UN World Summit on Sustainable Development- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Heart of an empire: MacCormac rebuilds the BBC: All architects long for the defining project...He has plucked the plum of plums By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Campus Martius Park to be all-year venue: turn the 1.6-acre green space into a year-round entertainment venue...to bring people downtown evenings and weekends.- Crain's Detroit

Victoria Harbour gets ‘green light’: $1.8 billion, 30 hectare waterfront site - Lend Lease- Infolink (Australia)

Markham wants to build new centre to curb sprawl - Andres Duany/Duany Plater-Zyberk- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Cookie-Cutter Schools Give Students Deja Vu: Educators Try to Save Money As Opponents Urge Designs Anew- Washington Post

Exploring Copenhagen, by Design: Clean, cool classics of mid-century modern furniture are hot again as the capital celebrates the creations of Arne Jacobsen and others.- Los Angeles Times

Grand Allusions: For the design of his own weekend house, the architect Richard Gluckman cast a wide net, from Palladian villas to contemporary art. [images]- New York Times

History is in eye of the beholder: Plan to tear down an old city building, desiged by famed architect, shows the deep divisions. - C. Emlen Urban- Lancaster News (Pennsylvania)


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