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Today's News - September 23, 2002

With so much "high" architecture for "high" art museums going on these days, we thought it would be a nice break to present a museum designed for learning - and fun. -- A design competition for a lower Manhattan plaza has a winner. -- Plans for soaring residential towers cause outrage in one Toronto neighborhood, but there is praise for the city's new planning guidelines (at least from developers). -- Want to bulldoze a wetland? Bad news for birds: Buy somebody else's somewhere else, and pave away. -- The architectural stars are shining on Long Island. -- Another glowing review for Moneo's cathedral in Los Angeles. -- Calatrava's waterfront masterpiece in Milwaukee haunts any new designs for the shoreline. -- Hugh Pearman has his witty way with architecture today. -- Gensler uses a French accent for Dubai's newest landmark. -- A small Connecticut town gets a big name to design a new firehouse…and much more.

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From Caterpillar to Butterfly: DuPage Children's Museum by Peter J. Exley Architect/architectureisfun and Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay- ArchNewsNow

Plan Chosen for Redesign of a Plaza at 55 Water St. - Rogers Marvel Architects and Ken Smith Landscape Architect- New York Times

Green light for twin towers sparks outrage: skyscrapers will exceed by three times the city's existing official plan and zoning limits - Peter Ellis; Young & Wright Architects [image]- Toronto Star

Toronto's big plan: A blueprint for the city's growth looks promising for developers- National Post (Canada)

Wetlands no longer soak plans for many builders: off-site mitigation, is gaining currency as land-starved developers find it difficult to build around wetlands on choice property.- Crain's Chicago

1 Subdivision, 36 Architects With a Modernist Flair: Houses at Sagaponac [images]- New York Times

Largest Gathering of Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentices Slated Sept. 26-29: Group Will Celebrate the World According to Wright At 70-Year Reunion- Northern Light

Los Angeles cathedral stands as a concrete example of invention By Robert Campbell - Jose Rafael Moneo; Leo A Daly- Boston Globe

Building must speak, but not too loud: The danger...is that your baby may ibe derided as a knockoff. By Whitney Gould - Eppstein Uhen Architects [image]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mr Whippy versus Mr. Blobby: what's happening to architecture? Plus: what should win the Stirling Prize, but probably won't. By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPeaman.com

Gensler to build Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) gate building: winning design is a contemporary interpretation of the Arc De Triomphe [image]- Gulf News

Skyscrapers Still Planned Despite 9/11: architects in Europe, Asia and the United States too said the attacks had little noticeable impact on demand. - Kohn Pedersen Fox; David Sutherland; Leslie Robertson Associates; Helmut Jahn; etc. (Reuters)- MSN

An architect who's all heart: an activist who not only finds time to lead a network for women in the male-dominated construction industry, but to build houses for underprivileged people. - Catherine Hart- The Australian

Solar Decathlon: student competition to design and operate the most attractive and effective solar-powered house opens on The National Mall, Washington, D.C., September 26- U.S. Department of Energy

Let there be light: After seven decades of gloom, St Pancras station and its stunning hotel are getting a facelift. By Jonathan Glancey - Alastair Lansley- The Guardian (UK)

Cesma turns to China: Housing and Development Board (HDB) unit hopes to replicate its S'pore public housing success in Chinese townships' residential projects- Business Times (Singapore)

Small Village Thinks Big For Firehouse - Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects- New York Times


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