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Today's News - October 7, 2002

We begin the week with an examination of several different interpretations of and solutions to urban sprawl. -- Chicago's South Side will see major (and much needed) rehab. -- Rebuilding cities shattered by wars and civil unrest is the theme of this week's Cities on the Edge conference in Melbourne. -- The architect of Brasilia has 10 new buildings planned for sister city Niteroi. -- Country living reinvented by Grimshaw "a strange and rather wonderful place to be" (you have to see it to believe it, and there are lots of images). -- Questioning why there's a huge gap separating quality design in signature, award-winning houses and the thousands of homes built in subdivisions. -- An architect takes on that challenge with "custom-built architecture within reach of other than top-of-the-hill clients." -- Raw nerves: Boston's Big Dig bridge designer is displeased, and the hubris is heating up about Edinburgh's Haymarket. -- A broad view of the Venice Biennale that includes a few countries (and issues) not mentioned in most reviews we've seen. - Colorado students win big in the Solar Decathlon…and perhaps we'll all win something. -- A 55-year-old firm closes its doors. -- Asian-based architects offer their views of Kuala Lumpur skyline and urban architecture in general…and much more.

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Antidotes to Sprawl Taking Many Forms- New York Times

New blueprint: [Chicago's] South Side to see most significant change in massive rehab plan: investing almost $2 billion...to replace five blighted housing projects- Crain's Chicago

Meet a Day in the life of the new Dili - Norman Day/East Timor Urban Design Enterprise: Cities on the Edge Urban Design Conference, October, 9-11- The Age (Australia)

At 94, Brazil's Famed Architect Is Still Ahead Of the Curve - Oscar Niemeyer- Washington Post

A home with backbone. Nicholas Grimshaw reinvents the country house. In Germany. By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com

What Home Builders and Others Might Find on a Tour of Architects' Own Homes. By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

This Year's Modern: John Sofio/Built wants to provoke a public conversation about architecture. [images]- L.A. Weekly

Bridge designer is absent from event: Swiss engineer Christian Menn, who solved one of the Big Dig's thorniest problems...is not happy with the way things turned out - HNTB; Rosales Gottemoeller Associates- Boston Globe

Architects find it grim in Edinburgh. By Jay Merrick - Reiach and Hall; Narud Stokke Wiig- Independent (UK)

Striking dreams of architecture: Venice Biennale offers the new and the never-to-be-seen- International Herald Tribune

Making their mark on Scotland's heritage: Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland compiles a shortlist of 20 favourite 20th century buildings- The Scotsman

Enhancing Wright: Architect's glassy design chosen for Martin House visitors center - Toshiko Mori- Buffalo News

Magic box: Tony Fretton's Faith House is low-key and low cost. But a few moments inside will change your life. By Jonathan Glancey [image]- The Guardian (UK)

FMSM Design Group shuts its doors- New Mexico Business Weekly

University of Colorado Boulder Wins Solar Decathalon on National Mall [images]- Environment News Service

Building ideas: design will have to move towards sustainability and tradition - Hijjas Kasturi; Mark Dytham/Klein-Dytham; Donald Bates/Lab; Dr Kenneth Yeang/TR Hamzah and Yeang [images]- The Star (Malaysia)


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