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Today's News - November 7, 2002

Urban issues: Institutions not being good neighbors in New York -- Calls for more skyscraper regulation (and not to list 20th century eyesores that undermine efforts to stop building tall in inappropriate places), and avoiding development frenzy in the UK. -- Recycling industrial spaces in Toronto. -- Urban plans for Montreal (en français). -- River Ranch a model of new urbanism. -- Pre-fab is the answer for the future. -- Sears had it right almost 100 years ago. The arts: Architect (and neighbors) are none too happy with plans for Sydney Opera House public space. -- A call for museums everywhere to rethink expansion plans (the British Museum bears the brunt for its "catastrophic white elephant called the Great Court…$145 million to build this monstrosity"). -- Good news for the Newseum. -- Redesign for Tampa museum. -- Tradition meets change for a Mexican architect. -- A Japanese architect devotes years to Gaudi…and more.

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Land Use: Are Hospitals, Churches, and Universities Building Too Big? By Tom Angotti- Gotham Gazette

Government demands yet more skyscraper regulation: calls to be more cautious in listing 20th-century buildings- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Urban visions: a success and a question mark: If an English city can turn an old flour mill into a haven
for art, writes Lisa Rochon, surely Toronto can do something creative with the Wychwood streetcar barns
- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Montréal élabore un nouveau plan d'urbanisme (en francais)- Le Devoir

Gordon Brown risks ‘development frenzy’: planning regulations could be abandoned in UK’s most deprived areas...urban regeneration adviser Lord Rogers said must not signal the start of local authorities ‘abandoning good design’.- The Architects' Journal (UK)

How to build a better community: there is a lot of promise in New Urban communities like River Ranch.- Louisiana Business Report

Insert house (a) into landscape (b) and move in (c): Kit homes from Sears gain respect- San Francisco Chronicle

Prefabrication is the answer- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Opera House's touch-up man decries 'unspeakable' forecourt plan - Andrew Andersons; Joern Utzon; Richard Johnson [image]- Sydney Morning Herald

Growing Pains: An open letter to museums: Bigger doesn't always mean better. By Hilton Kramer- Arts & Antiques

The Newseum That Fits: Glass-Fronted Design Reflects Well as Metaphor of a Free Press. By Benjamin Forgey - Polshek Partnership Architects; Ralph Appelbaum Associates [image]- Washington Post

Revised Tampa Museum of Art Design Takes Shape - Rafael Vinoly Architects [image]- Tampa Tribune

Tradition, Meet Change - Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos- Latin Trade Magazine

Architect aims to measure up to master - Hiroya Tanaka; Antonio Gaudi- Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

Dataran Maybank wins Fiabci award: financial centre [in Kuala Lumpur] is known for its sheer size, design and aesthetics - Hajeedar and Associates- The Edge (Malaysia)

Buried alive: More paper, less space keep workers battling clutter- Chicago Tribune

Exhibition: No way out: Piranesi's sinister prison fantasies may have been meant as souvenirs of Venice, but they have inspired architecture from the Jubilee line to Hogwarts.- The Guardian (UK)

This week at ArcSpace:
- Exhibition: Out of the Ordinary: The Architecture and Design of Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates, Carnegie Museum of Art , Pittsburgh; and
- Galef Center for Fine Arts and Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, by Frederick Fisher and Partners
- ArcSpace


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