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Today's News - August 30, 2002

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They're beginning to tally the cultural losses due to flooding in Prague. Plans for Tokyo government buildings are too tall. Gehry gets a thank you note from environmentalists for not moving to controversial development. Urban Economics 101: Contractors' "aggravation tax" added to bids to "offset the bureaucratic red tape" makes NYC school construction three times more costly than the national average. Projects win design awards (but, as is typical, architects and designers are not mentioned - there is a link to the awards site, however). A company hires a design firm, and then asks its employees how they feel about their work environment - what a concept! A list of "must-see" sights in Sydney not found in your typical guidebook. The Presidio in San Francisco just might get a master plan that balances the environment, historic preservation, and new construction…it depends on who you talk to. Two exhibits worth seeing if you're on either coast…and a little bit more.

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Priceless treasures are lost forever as floods hit Prague: thousands of priceless drawings, models and photographs of important 19th- and 20th-century Czech architects [images]- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Obstructed View: Standing too Tall: Plans to rebuild the Diet members' office building...are casting a shadow over Nagatacho's majestic landscape.- Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Gehry Drops Plans to Relocate to Playa Vista- Los Angeles Times

MPC honors several projects for design, fit with community: A historic district, a wildlife preserve, an affordable housing development...- Knoxville News-Sentinel

Report Says City Is Paying Too Much to Build Schools- New York Times

Playing to the Rafters: Clarica moved its employees into a brand-new office -- and asked them how they felt about it. Pretty touchy-feely for an insurance company. - Rice Brydone Limited- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Christopher Barriscale joins Fitch- VisualStore

Surreal Sydney: A lot of noise is made about the city's beauty. Less celebrated is the bizarre...- Sydney Morning Herald

Republic Polytechnic to have S$400m open campus: will be architect's first work in Singapore.
- Fumihiko Maki [image]
- ChannelNewsAsia

Plan adopted for S.F. Presidio 30-year design for national park- San Francisco Chronicle

Exhibition Review: "Perfect Acts of Architecture": When Architects Drew Instead of Building- New York Times

Exhibition Review: "Blurred": Ever ponder the heights that architecture could achieve, if only architects could rid themselves of those pesky clients accused of squelching their inner artist?- Seattle PI


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