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Today's News - October 17, 2002

The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects honors local talent for projects around the world. -- Folks are grousing about Stirling Prize methods (and this year's winner). -- A planned cultural center in Alaska seeks an architect, as does a new waterfront development in the UK. -- An editorial claims "a great deal of the activity that travels under the banner of delivering sustainability is really sustaining the unsustainable." -- An architect designs a home for the homeless, but then the land is taken away. -- Praise for new designs for Habitat for Humanity in Detroit (maybe Anchorage should look into it…last week the organization's work there was called "ugly"). -- Copycat condos called on the carpet. -- There are lots of reports about the new library in Alexandria - BBC has the most pictures. -- Florence, Italy, will have a new subterranean station in Florence, Italy, designed with a British accent (the shortlist is an international Who's Who). -- A makeover for Toronto's retail avenue to rival Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district. -- An exhibition of Viennese design sheds "colorful light on the historical context of the modern struggle with material values." -- Princeton recently announced its new architectural projects will be part of its "branding" - Harvard hears the call. -- A national monument visitors' center blends with the land.

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And the Winners Are: AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards [images]- ArchNewsNow

David Chipperfield slams 'secretive' Stirling Prize judging- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Site proposed for cultural center: seeking an architect to sharpen the building's design- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska)

Urban Splash launches international competition for Walsall waterfront: Expressions of interest are welcome from all architectural practices...due November 11- The Architects' Journal (UK)

The Sustainment: ...Another example closer to the concerns of architects is, that we constantly design and construct buildings that should never exist... By Tony Fry- Archizine (Australia)

After Tent City: Marty and April have an architect-designed home. But they're still on the streets - Architect's Alliance- National Post (Canada)

New designs enhance Habitat for Humanity: include elements of New Urbanism - Gunn-Levine Associates- Detroit News

Builders sue over copied designs: They claim rival firms duplicated copyrighted plans - Progressive Associates; Ronald E. Mayotte & Associates- Detroit News

Library reopens 1,700 years on: Bibliotheca Alexandrina - Snohetta/Hamza Consortium [images]- BBC

Foster and Partners, with Arup, clinches major international competition for £160 million Florence station [image]- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Some PFI [private finance initiative] buildings "have been designed badly...little better than agricultural sheds with windows"- Financial Times

Bloor's $30M makeover: Merchants envision world-class shopping district for "typical, crappy Toronto street." - Architects Alliance- The Star (Toronto)

Viennese Revival: A Riot of Flowers: a case study in the use of material objects to effect cultural reform. By Herbert Muschamp - Dagobert Peche [images]- New York Times

Housing Heads Western: Apartment tower rises as gateway to new campus - Machado and Silvetti Associates- The Harvard Crimson

At Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Centers Blend with the Land - Bryce Lloyd; Gilles Stransky Brams and Smith; Design Group Architects [image]- Salt Lake Tribune


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