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Today's News - November 20, 2002

MIT vs. Princeton: "…it isn't the cost that is stirring controversy; it is the architecture." MIT calls Princeton's approach "silly" and "stultifying." -- A bridge by Gehry in the UK "is something of national significance;" so is a museum in Toronto - with the caveat "The determination to pull down a brand-new building [Barton Myers's AGO] to give the new stars room to move is sufficiently arrogant…" (By the way - Gehry's also designing for Princeton). -- Dublin's center city to be "a vibrant social and retail centre once again." -- San Francisco's Old Mint will be something new. --Warning against "monoculture" design guidelines in Australia. -- In Denver, residential rezoning of new home sizes will "reduce opportunities for creative architecture" (since when did a 3,000-sf house - as opposed to a 4,000-sf house - become an uncreative challenge, we wonder…McMansion, anyone?). -- New York ponders retired cruise ships as homeless shelters (we hear Bermuda is nice this time of year). -- Large medical projects on both sides of the Atlantic. -- Kooky furniture in Melbourne. -- An architect is disappointed that his luxurious ($2.9 million) public toilet is causing problems. -- Awards season everywhere. -- New Haven a haven for architects (scroll down page to reach article)…and more.

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Dorm Style: Gothic Castle vs. Futuristic Sponge. By Fred Bernstein - Steven Holl; Demetri Porphyrios; William Rawn- New York Times

Guggenheim architect to design Wearside bridge - Frank Gehry (scroll down page)- Independent (UK)

Rapport between hometown boys upstages Rubens: Nobody mentioned the fate of poor Barton Myers - Frank Gehry; Will Alsop- Globe and Mail (Canada)

A €200m market dynamic for Dublin: Design is by MBM of Barcelona working with a team including Donnelly Turpin Architects- Irish Independent

S.F. offered 3 plans for Old Mint: Rival ideas are a museum, posh time-share club, cheap housing- San Francisco Chronicle

Council warns against design monoculture, eliminating innovative and creative solutions- Infolink (Australia)

Denver's rezoning plan takes heat: Critics say proposal to limit house size will drive many out- Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

Maybe Room & Shuffleboard for Homeless- New York Post

Howard Hughes Medical Institute unveils plans for Janelia Farm - Rafael Vinoly [image]- Loudoun Times-Mirror (Virginia)

RTKL starts on site with the UK’s largest non-PFI hospital- The Architects' Journal (UK)

A wacky world: Common, or even mundane, things like toilet plungers have been turned into kooky furniture by Melbourne design graduates [images]- The Straits Times (Singapore)

Elderly refuse to budge from this toilet - Kisho Kurokawa- The New Paper (Singapore)

Vim Design wins international competition- Infolink (Australia)

Environmental Visionary, Ashok Khosla, Presented With UNEP Prize At Gala Ceremony In New York- United Nations Environment Programme

2002 Mississauga Urban Design Awards Honours Design Excellence - Guthrie Muscovitch Architects; Viljoen Architect; Don Naylor and Associates- Canada NewsWire

A Haven for architects: Yale School of Architecture and proximity to New York and Boston helps to create a good environment for business- Yale Daily News

Symphonic Shimmer: Dortmund Concert Hall by Architekten Schröder Schulte-Ladbeck Strothmann [images]- ArchNewsNow


- Dorte Mandrup Architects: Seaplane Hangar H53, Offices for Cell Network, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Rafael Viñoly Architects: Tokyo International Forum


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