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Today's News - October 11, 2002

San Francisco's Presidio will soon have a "park within a park" - and 2,500 people working for George Lucas. -- The movie mogul sponsors a project to promote innovative school design. -- Harry Seidler doesn't have much good to say about contemporary architecture, even as his "Igloo" is declared a landmark. -- Singapore is becoming an urban sea of green. -- Culture and a carousel for Vancouver's waterfront. -- An architect analyzes Seattle Art Museum shortlist. -- Part three of Arrol Gellner's examination of affordable housing solutions. -- A much-needed affordable housing solution for Afghanistan. -- Boston's building spree creates an urban mix. -- Oslo has big plans for its waterfront, as does Detroit. -- A fun show in Philadelphia, a rare chance to see peek at a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece …and more.

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Lucas finishes Presidio blueprint for $300 million complex - Gensler; Lawrence Halprin- San Francisco Chronicle

Multi-Media Project From George Lucas Educational Foundation Urges Innovative Approaches to Designing Schools- AScribe

Councils killing good architecture: Harry Seidler- Sydney Morning Herald

Green Piece: Singaporeans will literally be seeing green as the National Parks Board works towards turning the city into a seamless canopy through skyrise and streetscape greenery [images]- The Straits Times (Singapore)

Port Sweetens Downtown Proposal: A performing arts center, a hotel and a community carousel are the cornerstones of a downtown redevelopment proposal the Port of Vancouver- The Columbian (Vancouver)

Foster’s Spitalfields plans get green light [image]- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Seattle Art Museum announces project finalists: Judging from the shortlist...represents a wider schism in architecture -- between design-oriented and client-oriented firms. By Sheri Olson, AIA - Allied Works Architecture; Cooper, Robertson & Partners; Polshek Partnership Architects; NBBJ- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An invisible answer: Affordable housing, part 3: For decades...mobile homes have been providing decent, mass-produced lodging for a fraction of the cost of site-built houses. By Arrol Gellner- San Francisco Chronicle

Afghan-American architect seeks support for major shelter initiative in his native Afghanistan. - Masum Azizi/Azizi Architects [image]- IRIN News

Mixed-use projects in city promise lots of variety - CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares; Finegold Alexander & Associates- Boston Globe

New projects set for Oslo waterfront: More office and housing complexes are due - Snøhetta [image]- Aftenposten

Luxury to soar at shore: $500-million development planned for marina - De Stefano & Partners- Detroit Free Press

Space to live -- and to work: Developers plan to build first Austin project of its kind - Richard deVarga- Austin American-Statesman

Touch and Tell in Philadelphia: "What Is Design Today?" An interactive show that lets visitors touch materials and test household products at the Philadelphia University Design Center.- New York Times

Public gets rare peek into showplace: Doors to Auldbrass, designed in 1939 by Frank Lloyd Wright, will swing open on Sunday.- Savannah Morning News


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