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Today's News - January 16, 2003

The Esplanade in Singapore: extreme culture (and architecture) on the waterfront. -- Confusion continues to swirl around Ground Zero; AIA New York Chapter and New York New Visions make their views clear. -- Gardens of Remembrance will be among the first realities. -- Preservation lessons for Chicago from New York. -- San Francisco's Old Mint: museum, condos, or affordable housing (why not just give it to the Board of Ed, like NYC?). -- Stellar teams for Boston's Surface Artery projects. -- Urban experts say Sydney "should start behaving like other world cities…and assume a more mature approach to long-term sustainability." -- Developers of architectural gems in Toronto are praised for "doing it simply for the love of good building." -- Good design and sustainable architecture is good business in Portland. -- International starchitects invited to compete for Mariinsky Theater in Moscow. -- Affordable housing issues on the agenda in San Francisco. -- Cornell architecture and planning department to stay in one piece. -- Dimming city lights to see the sky. -- Art Deco and Miami. Michael Graves and Target: "I never thought I'd be making something with laundry."

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Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay: A performing arts complex 30 years in the making puts Singapore on the international cultural map. - Michael Wilford & Partners; DP Architects [images]- ArchNewsNow

When a Map Looks More Like a Puzzle: WTC site: so many conflicting players, contradictory voices and changing signals that confusion is a mild word.- New York Times

AIA New York Chapter Position on the Nine Plans and the Memorial Program- AIA New York

New York New Visions Evaluation of WTC Design Proposals- NYNV

Replanting Nieuw Amsterdam: Piet Oudolf to design Gardens of Remembrance at Battery Park- New York Times

Part 3: The alternatives: Preserve and protect: Chicago has a national reputation for guarding marquee landmarks, but New York could teach the city a thing or two. By By Jeff Long, Patrick T. Reardon and Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

New hurdles for Old Mint: Lukewarm backing to restore landmark. By John King- San Francisco Chronicle

Last Surface Artery design team picked: Leaders of all of the teams chosen have had close ties to the Big Dig.- Boston Globe

Opinion: Sydney deals itself a losing hand: Hubris, corruption and greed have left the nation's premier city in desperate need of a strategic plan for growth- Sydney Morning Herald

Condos get some class: Among Toronto's schlocky high-rise homes lurk some architectural gems. By Lisa Rochon - Architects Alliance; Hariri Pontarini Architects; Quadrangle Architects; etc.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Developer/architect succeeds with don't-lose-money focus: proving that urban infill doesn't have to be boring. - Kevin Cavenaugh- Portland Business Journal (Oregon)

Contest Opens for Mariinsky Theater: Taking part...are some of the world's most acclaimed architects ...after Eric Owen Moss...winning design kicked up a storm of controversy [image]- Moscow Times (Russia)

Designing great homes for everybody is discussion topic: Affordable housing on agenda at industry's Winter Market in San Francisco- San Francisco Chronicle

Cornell Trustees Agree Architecture, Art and Planning Will Remain One College: Dean Porus Olpadwala...will step down...new dean would most likely be an architect.- Cornell Daily Sun

Lights Cloud the Night Sky: Stephen Pauley earned the nickname Dr. Dark for his crusade against light pollution.- New York Times

Art deco struts its stuff: South Beach [Miami]...is home to the largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s architecture in the world.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Target expands Graves line- Star Tribune (Minneapolis)


- 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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