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Today's News - November 22, 2002

'Tis the season for urban waterfronts: Two docks in Amsterdam take on new life as a suburban-style housing project, pick up an award for urban design, and get star billing at an exhibition at Harvard Design School. -- WTC plans in progress are "almost too fantastic to be described" (we'll get to see them in December). -- Montreal's planned $3 billion waterfront development welcomes public input. -- Penn's Landing in Philadelphia may get an ersatz London Eye. -- An international competition to overhaul pockets of shoddy buildings in the UK. -- Xanadu or an urban village for New Jersey's Meadowlands. -- Template design for hospitals. -- New hospitality in Kabul, and theme park suites elsewhere. -- Retail goes green in Montreal. -- A Stalin-era architect watches his buildings decay. -- In tough times, good news for architecture students in Canberra. -- Troubled times for government projects in the UK. -- Chicago Athenaeum's American Architecture Awards…and more.

Editor's note: We've received a notice from The Architects' Journal (UK) that it is going to become a "paid-for website (for most information)" beginning on Monday…we'll see what remains free access…sad news indeed.

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Exhibition/Award: Borneo Sporenburg Residential Waterfront, Amsterdam, by West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture [images]- ArchNewsNow

Designers Draw Praise for Trade Center Ideas: "astoundingly innovative, creative and exciting"- New York Times

Harbourfront plan relies on public: Société du Havre's mainly white, male board is spearheading $3-billion redevelopment- Montreal Gazette

Second developer unveils Penn's Landing proposal: wants to bring a massive Ferris wheel, a concert pavilion, and other attractions to a site that has been a graveyard of plans for decades - Bower Lewis Thrower; Robert Henderson- Philadelphia Inquirer

International competition throws open the design gateway to Stockport- The Architects' Journal (UK)

New Jersey Narrows Field of Redevelopers for Arena: an entertainment and theater complex with exhibition space set amid an "urban village;" an "ExpoPark;" and a "Meadowlands Xanadu"- New York Times

Kaiser commissions 'template' hospitals: new program that will establish standardized models for design and construction - Gordon H Chong & Partners; SmithGroup- Sacramento Business Journal

Aga Khan initiates $25m hotel project in Kabul: The hotel will reflect diverse elements of the cultures of the peoples of Afghanistan - Ramesh Khosla/ARCOP Associates- Daily Nation (East Africa)

Hotels Of Whim And Vigor: Chic suites are not enough. A growing number of travelers want their hotels transformed into little theme parks.- Time Magazine

A monument to the environment: Focus on recycling: Mountain Equipment is building first 'green' retail outlet in Quebec - Andrew Todd/Duschenes & Fish; Vouli Mamfredis/Studio MMA; Lyse M. Tremblay [image]- Montreal Gazette

Architect recalls Stalin-era grandeur: Nikolai Ryabov designed 89 Stalin-era buildings...sadly many of his grand stucco edifices are now neglected and crumbling.- Vladivostok News (Russia)

New industry prize for Canberra’s student architects: RAIA and Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architecture + Interiors pledge $25,000 and one year’s postgraduate employment- City News (Australia)

Hart admits she does not know final cost of planned National Assembly headquarters: After Lord Rogers was sacked...a number of firms have been invited to tender for the contract- icWales

Gorrie calls time on Holyrood bomb-proofing: already cost £30m and added to the delays- The Herald (UK)

Design-build process gains popularity - 3E Design- Spokane Journal

Architectural treasure house: Yixian County boasts some of the world's best preserved ancient villages. [images]- Shanghai Star

Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards [images]- Chicago Athenaeum

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

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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