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Today's News - October 29, 2002

Environmental Defense doesn't give up having a beautiful office just so it can be "green." -- MIT museum has a new Curator of Architecture and Design. -- New architecture in San Francisco is proof that "that celebrity status is no guarantee of great design." -- Lord Rogers' solution could work anywhere: "a massive infusion of planning, design and engineering skills - a sort of regeneration Marshall plan." -- NY or SF: U.S Olympic Committee will decide this week - issues include housing, transportation, smart growth, toilets, and cigarettes. -- Proposed design guidelines for Toledo largely adapted from posh Fort Collins, Colorado, but developers say the city should be happy with anything it gets (yikes!). -- An exhibition shows that "after a long sabbatical from the design of mass housing, British architects are making their way back" (not all successfully). -- High-end housing and office space in Moscow; a waterfront development in Wakefield, UK; and "shonky" builders in Australia better beware. -- High praise for the engineers who help make the "starchitects" shine. - Toronto has high hopes for its new opera house; not so high hopes for Edinburgh's City Council HQ. -- Good news for Baltimore's waterfront and Beijing University. -- Four architecture firms are being interviewed at Cornell this week to design the $25 million Milstein Hall, the new home of the College of Art, Architecture and Planning's architecture department. Meanwhile, the debate heats up about plans to split up AAP…and more.

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Green Values: Environmental Defense Office by Envision Design- ArchNewsNow

Van Zante Appointed Curator of Architecture and Design for MIT Museum- Business Wire

Starchitecture: Why does the Bay Area confound the best architects? By John King [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

The worst of British: Architect Richard Rogers tells Ian Katz why Britain has lost the knack of public building- The Guardian (UK)

2012 Olympics: New York and San Francisco: What can "Sodom on The Hudson" and "Baghdad by the Bay" teach each other?- Gotham Gazette

Design standards worry developers: ‘Identifiable buildings’ cited in ban- Toledo Blade

Tomorrow's world: Some 3.8m homes are to be built in Britain over the next few years. Jonathan Glancey finds out what they might look like at "Coming Homes" exhibition- The Guardian (UK)

Top-End Housing Planned for Patriarch's Ponds - Natal Architects [image]- Moscow Times (Russia)

Cartwright Pickard Architects gets green light for £30m canalside regeneration of Wakefield [image]- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Shonky builders the target of new watchdog- Sydney Morning Herald

Take a bow, Mr Balmond: Koolhaas and Libeskind could never bring their visions to life without the unsung talents of engineers. By Deyan Sudjic- The Observer (UK)

Opera hall is music to the eyes: thoroughly urban, a landmark, though not a monument. - Jack Diamond /Diamond and Schmitt Architects- Toronto Star

Fury as £50m Edinburgh city council HQ gets the go-ahead: branded "monstrously ugly" and questions about "sustainable" ideas- Edinburgh Evening News

National Aquarium expansion would spotlight local habitats: Middle Branch project [would be] one of the most environmentally sensitive structures in the country - Peter Chermayeff; Hord Coplan Macht; Rocky Mountain Institute Green Development Services- Baltimore Sun

Beijing University wall torn down for science park: The park will be developed around historical buildings and courtyard homes and make the campus more accessible- The Straits Times (Singapore)

Gran Pins Hopes on 1st Tower - ABD Architects [image]- Moscow Times (Russia)

Opinion: Don't Save College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP)- Cornell Daily Sun

Opinion: Let's Fix College of Art, Architecture, and Planning, Not Kill It- Cornell Daily Sun

Opinion: Keep College of Art, Architecture, and Planning together because its studies are taught similarly- Cornell Daily Sun

This week at ArcSpace: Yokohama International Port Terminal by Foreign Office Architects, and a new Copenhagen Metro by KHRAS Architects- ArcSpace


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