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Today's News - January 6, 2003

We welcome ArcSpace back after a holiday hiatus. -- The gloves are really starting to come off regarding WTC plans, from group therapy to the emperor's new clothes, with a lot of hope and pessimism thrown in for good measure. -- Gehry's take? "I found it demeaning that the agency paid only $40,000 for all that work." -- Add to the mix Olympics 2012. -- Government and land planning - an oxymoron in Israel? -- Oaxaca, Mexico, seems to be doing things right. -- St. Petersburg pleas for preservation - and sends Eric Owen Moss back to the drawing boards for another competition round. -- There's more than just Disney Hall on Grand Avenue. -- An art lover takes on museum designs around the world, and a new home for art in the Italian hills. -- Bridging the gap between architectural education and reality. -- Take a break and read some (seriously) fun fiction inspired by architecture.

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- Competition winner: Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA): Central Chinese Television (CCTV) Headquarters, Beijing, China
- Opera design: Zaha Hadid: "Desire" at Helmut List-Halle, Graz, Austria
- Under construction: Michael Maltzan Architecture: Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena, California
- Books: Samuel Mockbee; Santiago Calatrava

 Op-Ed: Group Therapy at Ground Zero: As the gallant architects themselves would be the first to concede, it's literally a dream assignment.- New York Times

Opinion: Is Inspiration Enough? What the WTC plans accomplished and what they're up against. By James S. Russell, AIA- Architectural Record

Soaring Plans, Somewhere Over Rainbow: occasionally the city has one of those the-emperor's-got-no-clothes moments...The naked ones in this instance are the nine architectural plans- New York Times

Nine Lofty Ideals: But one WTC plan best meets the needs of New Yorkers- NY Newsday

Decision Time Approaching: Public and private input to shape plan: skepticism about whether the latest plans will find their way into the internal planning...- NY Newsday

Towering Visions: Questions for Frank Gehry- New York Times

Olympics 2012 And NYC: will the games stimulate the economy and fund an array of needed projects, or will it destroy neighborhoods and leave a lasting debt?- Gotham Gazette

First the Prime Minister's Office takes the land, now the planning: [planners and environmentalists] are concerned that the restructuring will be a serious blow to the independence and professionalism...- Ha`aretz (Israel)

McDonald's loses a round to Oaxacan [Mexico] cultural pride: illustrates a principle that many U.S. cities have failed to grasp.- Los Angeles Times

Imperial. Imposing. Imperiled. St. Petersburg Marks 300 Years With Pride -- and a Plea for Preservation. By Linda Hales - Eric Owen Moss- Washington Post

Downtown's Disney Hall-abaloo: The Concert Hall Is Great, But in 2003, Keep an Eye on Grand Avenue. By Sam Hall Kaplan- Los Angeles Downtown News

Art Houses: Why a white shoebox in Munich succeeds as a museum. ...many new museums win praise without demonstrating comparable solicitude for their contents. - Stephan Braunfels- The New Yorker

In Italian hills, a new home for art: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rovereto and Trento...a remarkable building and contents - Mario Botta- International Herald Tribune

The Space Between: The gap between architectural education and architectural practice is huge. By Joy Knoblauch (via ArchVoices)- DesignIntelligence

The Fiction Issue: Eight short stories inspired by architecture [images]- Metropolis Magazine

INSIGHT: Hunkering Down While Gearing Up for the New Year- ArchNewsNow


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