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Today's News - December 31, 2002

Pundits say 2003 isn't looking much better than 2002…a few ideas for "keeping your troops jazzed." -- WTC process offers a lesson for Milwaukee. -- A Gehry Guggenheim in Manhattan not likely any time soon. -- Toronto looks forward to some star-studded architecture. -- Smart growth movement growing. -- Suburban sprawl affects urban neighborhoods. -- Creative affordable housing initiatives. -- Chicago preservationists may win some and lose some, but are making a mark. -- New York's elevated High Line gets a promising high sign; all Christo wants is Central Park. -- In Taipei, a neighborhood not so happy with nature. -- Colleges do more than just study the environment. -- Are museums becoming cultural Disneylands? -- Wright's "Shining Brow" not so shiny (wouldn't the almost $2 million paid for a Wright lamp go a long way to preserving Taliesin?). -- Spotlight on a museum concept that didn't win. -- In London, a Mies van der Rohe retrospective offers insight, as does the rising star of a young architect.

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Power Up the People: Economy stuck in the doldrums? Morale stuck there too? Here are a few things that you can do to jazz things up in 2003.- Fast Company

Trade Center site design nearly finds right mix: Milwaukee could take a cue from the Trade Center experience. By Whitney Gould- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Guggenheim Drops Plans for East River Museum - Frank Gehry- New York Times

A city on the verge of a building boom: Architecture teaches patience, but after 2002, Torontonians will have something worth being patient for. - Norman Foster; Frank Gehry; Daniel Libeskind; Will Alsop; etc.- The Star (Toronto)

Smart growth — an idea that keeps building up: since 1999 a grass-roots support system for smart growth has formed with backing from some of the country's most influential foundations...- Seattle Times

Give me a corner store over a lawn any day: the modern world...feels compelled to spread the good word of urban sprawl- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Cities take on housing crunch, creatively: As home costs hit 'crisis' level for more people, metro areas...are launching initiatives to boost affordable housing.- Christian Science Monitor

Preservationists: Honoring the past: ...impact on public debate [in 2002] -- and its outcome -- was undeniable. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

Will the High Line Be Preserved? Will Christo Wrap Central Park?- Gotham Gazette

Making room for nature: It seemed like a good idea at the time, but a group of Taipei residents are starting to second-guess their decision to build an eco-friendly park in their borough- Taipei Times

Colleges Crazy for Green Tech: a growing number of colleges around the U.S. are employing cutting-edge technologies to protect the environment. (AP)- Wired magazine

Must the show go on? Are museums becoming populist cultural theme parks?- The Times (UK)

Wright's grand house at risk: Taliesin [Wisconsin]...unlike the Wright legend, is crumbling.- Baltimore Sun

Lamp won't join its mate: Wright house loses bid for rare piece of its past...victor paid $1,989,500- Washington Post

A Slavery Memorial's Shipping Muse: The architects did not win the commission. But their concept remains worthy of contemplation... By Linda Hales - LOT/EK [image]- Washington Post

Thoroughly Modern Mies? Mies van der Rohe carefully controlled his image while alive, but a far more complex architect is revealed in a new retrospective, says Giles Worsley- Telegraph (UK)

A Beacon on a Path to Fame: "His star has absolutely risen" - David Adjaye/Adjaye Associates [images]- New York Times


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