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Today's News - January 9, 2003

Beyond design appraisals: "It doesn't matter a damn, Frank Gehry, that we were paid only $40,000," says Eisenman. -- WTC memorial mission statement. -- "Does God have a place at ground zero? …which god? Or, whose god? Or, what god?" -- It should be the people's choice. -- Architecture dean steps down to take on high-tech. -- An ergonomic competition. -- U.S./European architects attempt mutual recognition (if not admiration). -- Threats to historic places in UK and Philadelphia. -- A starchitecture-studded housing development. -- The future of Israeli architecture on view in Jaffa. -- Melbourne's Federation Square as an engineering feat. -- Midtown towers to rise in Sydney (popcorn not included). -- Gehry returns to his roots with a museum in Poland. -- Art Nouveau treasures in Budapest. -- Musings on a crooked brick.

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Appraisals of Ground Zero Designs: standing-room-only crowd of architects broke into spontaneous applause twice at a forum and panel discussion- New York Times

Draft: WTC Memorial Mission Statement and Program- LMDC

Looking for God in the Details at Ground Zero- New York Times

Ground Zero Choice Should Be the People's: It's time for the public to rise up and growl.- NY Newsday

William J. Mitchell to step down as dean of architecture: credited as a source of inspiration and guidance in plans for MIT’s campus construction campaign; will head the Media Laboratory and more- MIT Tech Talk

Ergo Cup Call For Entries: Awards recognize the development of ergonomics solutions and education in the workplace. Deadline: February 1- ErgoWeb

U.S. and European architects work toward mutual recognition- Building Design and Construction

Serious threats to England’s historic environment, says official report- The Art Newspaper

If L.A. can save its historic theaters, why can't we?- Philadelphia Inquirer

Sagaponac Showcase: The biggest development of modernist houses in decades is springing up, sleek and angular, in Southampton Town [images]- NY Newsday

Exhibition Review: "40/40" at the Israeli Architectural Association: Between the pool and the living room. By Esther Zandberg- Ha`aretz (Israel)

Thinking outside the square: Federation Square - Lab architecture studio; Bates Smart- Infolink (Australia)

Cinemas axed from updated $500 million mid-town project: winner of the design competition will be announced next month - Foster and Partners; Kohn Pederson ox; Johnson Pilton Walker- Sydney Morning Herald

Jewish Museum in Poland: More Than a Memorial - Frank Gehry- New York Times

A new approach to art: Art Nouveau architecture in Budapest- Budapest Sun

Intriguing imperfections: Architecture freezes a moment in time, By Arrol Gellner- San Francisco Chronicle


- 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


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