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Today's News - November 21, 2002

Though not yet priced for Home Depot shelves, this clever pod (aka MPP) has multiple applications. -- 7 World Trade Center design unveiled, along with plans to possibly double retail space in WTC master plan. -- A call to integrate technology and human factors in sustainable design. -- Awards are great - "Now if they would only teach social architecture. How refreshing that would be in the age of conspicuous consumption and ego encrusted commissions." -- A 21st century barn "lifts the spirits…because it is not self-consciously, navel-gazingly architectural." -- Times Square in the headlines with gigantic headlines of its own. -- Can a 30-story statue of "the world's second-most-famous brand name -- after Coca-Cola" be a key to waterfront revitalization in South Africa? -- Regeneration plans for Belfast caught up in a political dilemma. -- Gehry globally: the "Thomson-Gehry alliance is a magical one" for the Art Gallery of Ontario; his Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem called both an "architectural oddity" that will require "mind-boggling" expenditures, and "a major architectural landmark of the world;" and he's part of an impressive shortlist in the UK. -- The "timeless design" for a new symphony hall in Nashville (with links to design critiques and image gallery). -- Ergonomics called "the next plague of the homebuilding industry" (yikes!)…and more.

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The Multi Purpose Platform (MPP) Bunker: Portable, Watertight, Bombproof - and then some [images]- ArchNewsNow

Safety First In Designs For 7 WTC: Building to be ready by 2005 - David Childs/Skidmore Owings & Merrill [image gallery]- NY Newsday

Planners Want to Double Retail Space at Trade Center: Westfield Group confident...to fill one million square feet- New York Times

Op-Ed: Smart Technologies Versus Heroic Choices: Can sustainable development be achieved via a technology-oriented or human behavior-oriented path?- PLANetizen

City Observed: 2002 AIA/LA Design Awards: some universals about awards and criticism. By Sam Hall Kaplan- KCRW.org (Los Angeles)

Edward Cullinan's timber Downland Gridshell structure: why is it the most significant new building in Britain in 2002? By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com

Making Headlines in 10,000-Point Type: Ed Schlossberg's,,,new addition to Times Square is about to make bigger news than ever. - ESI Design- Wired magazine

In a Grand Scheme, Mandela Statue Would Play Big Role: would rise more than 30 stories above Port Elizabeth's scenic harbor...the centerpiece of a $100 million waterfront revitalization- Washington Post

Peace crisis hits Belfast renewal: has left regeneration plans in turmoil.- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Frank Gehry at the drawing board: Ken Thomson's immense gift to the Art Gallery of Ontario and Gehry's AGO reconstruction are combining to produce a ray of light in these dark times, writes Lisa Rochon- Globe and Mail (Canada)

The limits of tolerance: Rabbi Marvin Hier confounded critics and skeptics by turning the Museum of Tolerance into an LA Jewish landmark. Now he's looking to do it again...in the heart of Jerusalem, designed by the world's hottest architect - Frank Gehry- Jerusalem Post

Gehry and Rogers make glittering Hove shortlist for the £25 million redesign of the King Alfred Leisure Centre site: others include Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Sheppard Robson Architects.- The Architects' Journal (UK)

Nashville's new symphony hall aspires to 'timeless' design - David M. Schwarz [image gallery]- The Tennessean

Ergonomics Deemed a “Plague” as Washington State Bares All- ErgoWeb

Upscale condos may rise on Council Bluffs riverfront - EDAW; DLR- Omaha World-Herald

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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