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Today's News - August 28, 2002

2012 Olympic fever - a bi-coastal battle: New York vs. San Francisco: NYC mayor is sure to endear by referring to S.F. as a "very nice small town," while S.F. refers to NYC as a "dark horse" (never mind that there are a raft of other cities around the world contending). Oh, and then there's the shortlist for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Sustainable development and international law: a new set of principles, but will it work? There's a growing sense that the World Summit on the Environment "has been hijacked by corporate interests," and the only real successes are happening in grass-roots movements. Not good news for affordable housing, according to a study, then add to your alphabet soup: TND (Traditional Neighborhood Design) that attempts to be inclusive, but is often hampered by zoning and land use regulations. There's a rotting home crisis in New Zealand that could cost $1-6 billion - and architects deny liability. A high-end retail complex is planned for a high-end neighborhood. New York hopes to make the city safer for "non-motorized street users," while in London, a new office complex rises in the middle of a highway…and much more.

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International Competition: 24-hectare Northern Osaka Station Area - Registration Deadline: October 31 [English and Japanese]- City of Osaka

Big Apple Faces ‘Small’ Hurdle: Bloomberg says San Francisco just can’t compete- New York Newsday

S.F. Clears Olympic Hurdle: Bay Area makes the cut in bid to host 2012 Summer Games- San Francisco Chronicle

Vancouver shortlisted for 2010 Winter Olympics- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Johannesburg Principles on the Role of Law and Sustainable Development: Judges call for tougher action on environment- International Herald Tribune

Opinion: The futility of summitry: At one time, giant global meetings played an important consciousness-raising role...that time is largely past.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Study: Affordable housing gains little ground: County governments more concerned with infrastructure problems- Inman News

Out with the new, in with the old: Traditionalist developers to meet, discuss 'new urbanism' and livable communities- Inman News

Multibillion-rand Durban airport project in full swing- Business Report (South Africa)

Architects deny liability over Quest...leaky apartment/hotel tower - Brown Day Architects- New Zealand Herald

Westfield's 'black label' $680 million centre for Bondi Junction- Sydney Morning Herald

Pedestrian Safety: looking for a respite in the conflict between person and vehicle- Gotham Gazette

A road runs through it: How do you build a new office complex in a city already jammed full? Simple: wrap it around a motorway. Jonathan Glancey reports- The Guardian (UK)

Scholar: Wright Designed Wisconsin House (AP)- La Vegas Sun

Tourism projects dominate Yorkshire White Rose Awards shortlist: Infrastructure projects were also successful- The Architects' Journal

First Major Exhibition to Explore the Hotel as Design Laboratory and Fantasy Experience; 'New Hotels for Global Nomads'- HotelNet


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