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Today's News - December 17, 2002

Our inaugural book review includes everything from pleasures to patterns, and waterfronts to wonders (and even something for dummies). -- Ground Zero: ideas hinted at by team architects who "declined to be named." -- View from San Francisco: If the public responds, it will "revive the notion that architects have a central role to play in the debate over how America should grow." -- Muschamp doesn't get his scoop. -- Copycat architecture criticized in Milwaukee. -- Opinions fly in the aftermath of Edinburgh's Old Town fire (additional articles in sidebar). -- Another vulnerable gem in Los Angeles. -- Public spaces debated in Sydney and New York. -- A new museum for San Francisco. -- Murcutt designs a winery. -- A spiritual military academy a la FLW? -- Moscow skyline (and housing options) changing rapidly into "coarse imitations of Russian architecture." -- A few perspectives on the future of green building. -- Revisiting an Aldo Rossi hotel in Fukuoka , Japan. -- Seattle monorail gathers steam. -- The quest for architectural proportions…and more.

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10 Titles to Inspire, Inform, and Amuse: Holiday Book Round-up- ArchNewsNow

At Ground Zero, Tall Ideas: 9 new towers among plans to be unveiled- NY Newsday

Sketches in time: Futures of N.Y., architecture rest on plans for trade center site. By John King- San Francisco Chronicle

Ground Zero Architects Warned...against cooperating with Herbert Muschamp/New York Times...to have a story in the Times prior to public disclosure of the designs.- NY Newsday

Museum quietly criticizes pier design: Lakefront architecture seen as copycat. By Whitney Gould - McClintock Architects; Santiago Calatrava [image]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Edinburgh Old Town Fire: It is our duty to create contemporary history: While calamitous, fires do and can have a positive outcome. By Richard Murphy Architects- The Scotsman (UK)

Landmark Indecision: In Beverly Hills, a Vulnerable Gem [MCA complex] Stirs the Preservation Instinct - Paul Revere Williams- Los Angeles Times

A building for the public, but it's hardly open house: The latest refurbishment plan for the Sydney Customs House looks friendlier than it is, writes Elizabeth Farrelly - Peddle Thorp- Sydney Morning Herald

Public Plaza, Private Stage: A Battle at CBS's Doorstep- New York Times

Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens gets green light - The Freelon Group- San Francisco Chronicle

A prized design: Glenn Murcutt has designed a building for Frog Rock Wines that will inspire the region...- Mudgee Guardian (Australia)

Pizza Magnate Has University Plan Cooking: A 'spiritual military academy' is the vision...Frank Lloyd Wright style- Los Angeles Times

Multiliths Overtaking Monoliths on [Moscow] Skyline- New York Times

Perspectives on Sustainable Design: cross section of industry experts asked what topics they think will be the most important for the future of green building- Environmental Design + Construction

Master of mystery's noble facade: Also Rossi was a master of locale and mystery- The Age (Australia)

B.C. team selected to design $1.75 billion, 14-mile Seattle monorail - VIA Suzuki Architects- Seattle Times

A Centuries-Old Challenge: Finding the Right Proportions: Getting things right proportionally is a subjective architectural act. By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post


- Zaha Hadid Architects: Bergisel Ski Jump 2002, Bergisel Mountain, Austria
- Mecanoo Architecten: St. Maria of the Angels Cemetery Chapel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- And our annual fundraiser: Le Corbusier's Monastery of Sainte-Marie de La Tourette, Eveux, France, needs your help


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