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Today's News - January 14, 2003

New WTC plans draw old complaints; one critic says it's a case of style over substance. -- Downtown college reclaims home lost on 9/11. -- Encasing Chernobyl (and hoping it works). -- Straw bale construction under fire from officials. -- In India, pre-fab housing is a hit, and corporate offices are turning to smart (and chic) architecture. -- Developers prefer strip malls. -- Plans to turn UK town into an Italian hillside village. -- Seaside village in Australia wants to keep developers out. -- AIA honors in New Jersey. -- Disney takes on Hong Kong. -- Why women leave architecture. -- An architect saves libraries. -- Lots of art for a new convention center.

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New Trade Center Plans Draw Old Complaints: public hearing focused on issues that rebuilding officials have heard repeatedly- New York Times

Style Overtakes Substance in Plans for Rebuilding World Trade Center Site. By By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

$3.5 Million Plan at Downtown Borough of Manhattan Community College - Helpern Architects- New York Times

Huge Cap Will Encase the Debris of Chernobyl: may be the largest movable structure ever built [images]- Moscow Times (Russia)

County Huffing and Puffing Over Straw-Bale Hut- Los Angeles Times

Building a dream -- out of straw...despite a three-year battle with King County building officials who took a dim view of straw bale structures. - Living Shelter Design- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

India Focus: Portable houses catching on in Delhi- Gulf News (Dubai)

An office space odyssey: design rules are being rewritten in corporate India. - Morphogenesis; Hafeez Contractor; Raja Aederi; Spazzio; Mani & Chowfla; etc.- Business Standard (India)

For Urban Developers, A Hard Row to Hoe: Bethesda Row Is a Hit, but Many Builders Say That For the Effort Required, They'll Stick With Strip Malls- Washington Post

Planners promise jam tomorrow for town's doughnut economy: There is little sign of local disapproval of Barnsley's Italian aspirations. - Will Alsop- Financial Times (UK)

Sea change town resists change: the latest development battle in Byron Bay- Sydney Morning Herald

Prosaic Buildings Are Honored for Inventive Designs: AIA/New Jersey chapter awards [images]- New York Times

Disney breaks ground on Hong Kong theme park (AP)- Nando Times

Women in Architecture: we speak to one who's quitting- Small Practice Architects / SPA.UK

My Job: Coming to the Rescue of Run-Down Libraries. By Joe Rizzo/Hillier- New York Times

Washington Convention Center gets human touch - Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates; Devrouax & Purnell Architects & Planners; Mariani Architects-Engineers- Washington Times


- 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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