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Today's News - January 29, 2003

Mincing no words about Ground Zero plans: "Never has the amnesiac cast of the collective American consciousness been more disturbing than in this mad rush to create a new Tower of Babel;" and one architect's vision called an eyesore. -- Praise for the art of the models (finally!). -- A real-time lab for high-rise safety. -- Safety conference in Australia to highlight high-rises. -- NBBJ forsakes Pioneer Square. -- Big plans for Philadelphia's Old Town. -- A glittering new dance center in London. -- Raising dunes for beach views makes waves. -- New museum puts Ft. Worth on the map for international culture vultures. -- Campus construction: "Gehry Gothic" possible at Princeton; major projects at Williams and Duke. -- Questioning cost overruns for auditorium project in Milwaukee. -- WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated archive).

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Back to Babel: The disappointing pageant of architects at Ground Zero. By Martin Filler- The New Republic

Opinion: A New Horror: powerful influence-peddlers and media organs are putting their muscle behind Libeskind's...grotesque, anti-urban, anti-commercial eyesore... By Steve Cuozzo- New York Post

An Architectural Lilliput: Erecting great structures on a small scale. The models in the Winter Garden capture an art in transition.- Wall Street Journal

7 World Trade Center: A Post-Sept. 11 Laboratory in High-Rise Safety - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [image]- New York Times

Buildings under attack: Safety in Action conference: Are Australian buildings better equipped to survive a terrorist attack than the WTC?- Infolink (Australia)

Allen woos away big tenant: NBBJ's move is not good news for Pioneer Square- Seattle Times

$75 million Development planned for Old City: transform section of historic Philadelphia...would feature five main buildings to be used for homes and businesses. - Barton & Associates- Philadelphia Inquirer

It shimmers, it pirouettes, it changes colour... and it certainly brightens up Deptford. Jonathan Glancey admires London's new centre for dance - Herzog and de Meuron- Guardian (UK)

$250m to pump up beach views raises fears: developers plan to raise the site by two metres- Sydney Morning Herald

Fort Worth Museum Frames Art in Wide Open Spaces - Tadao Ando [images]- New York Times

Unique design offered for new science center: University proposes a five-level, 85,000-square-foot building..."Gehry Gothic"- Princeton Packet

Major projects in the works for Williams College campus - William Rawn; Polshek Partnership; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson [image]- Berkshire Eagle

Long-range plan for redesigning Central Campus includes monorail: make Duke University a "walking campus," according to CD distributed to interested developers and architects. [images]- Duke University Chronicle

Tab for Auditorium project soars: question architect and construction managers about what was known and when. - VOA Associates- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated archive)- ArchNewsNow


- Coop Himmelb(l)au + Partner: Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
- NOX: D-Tower, Doetinchem, The Netherlands
- A visit to: R. M. Schindler's Buck House, Los Angeles, California
- Álvaro Siza: University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain


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