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Today's News - February 4, 2003

Ground Zero: Architects emerge as cultural emissaries: thinkers, visual poets, and city makers. -- Libeskind as storyteller. -- Should SOM design NATO HQ? -- Not ready to maintain heights in Israel. -- Hadid enjoys her anonymity. -- Redesign of Hummingbird Center takes flight. -- Welsh Assembly just a dirt pit - for now. -- Questionable future of another classic building in California. -- Is "cluster zoning" really the same as "smart growth?" -- Dream houses with all the bells and whistles. -- Chicago's largest firms. -- Saving a bridge in Prague. -- A bridge for nudists in Palm Springs (shoes required?). -- Exhibitions highlight two architectural photographers. -- A Gothic genius rediscovered.

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A Tale of Two Towers: The battle over the World Trade Center design heats up this week. Two finalists will duke it out for architecture’s heavyweight crown- Newsweek

If those walls could talk, they should: Where most architects simply design buildings, Daniel Libeskind designs buildings that tell stories.- Toronto Star

Obituary: Frank Weise, 84, architect who influenced I-95 and helped to shape the look of Philadelphia- Philadelphia Inquirer

Whose home is it anyway? Nato is finally getting a new HQ. But should the US be designing it, asks Jonathan Glancey - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [image]- Guardian (UK)

Unrealistic heights: An Interior Ministry study shows Israel lacks the mechanism to guarantee proper high-rise maintenance.- Ha`aretz (Israel)

Master builder: Zaha Hadid is the world's greatest woman architect. She lives in this country. She works in this country. So why won't anyone in this country build her buildings?- Guardian (UK)

Hummingbird redesign set to soar: A multicultural, interactive plan - Tom Payne [image]- Toronto Star

Dirt pit where the 'jewel' of Cardiff should be: Rogers design for Welsh assembly finally gets go-ahead. By Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

Treasure of the Arroyo Seco: The Southwest Museum [1914] Building Awaits Its Fate - Levin & Associates- Los Angeles Times

Reining in Housing Growth in Rural Towns: Home builders attempt to educate towns and buyers the value of "smart growth," also known as cluster zoning...- New York Times

Dream Houses Get a Tryout in Vegas: unreality is actually the most mundane kind of reality- New York Times

Learning from Las Vegas niche housing- Philadelphia Inquirer

Crain's List: Chicago's largest architecture firms- Crain's Chicago Business

Czechs Can't Bridge Gap Over Troubled Span: Technical experts and concerned citizens differ on the best way to save a weakening Prague icon built for Charles IV in the 14th century.- Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs set to open nudist bridge: Venice, Italy, has the Bridge of Sighs. Now Palm Springs has the "bridge of thighs." - Christopher Mills (AP)- San Diego Union-Tribune

Moved by the Immovable: Two Photographers Turn Buildings Into Irresistible Forces. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

A genius in his Gothic splendour: The dream of a return to medieval times lives on in churches far from Augustus Pugin's Victorian Britain- Sydney Morning Herald

Goldman School of Public Policy UC Berkeley: A new annex becomes a hands-on experience in preservation and urban design policy - Architectural Resources Group- ArchNewsNow

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated Jan. 31)- ArchNewsNow


- Raimond Abraham: Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City
- Michael Jantzen: M - House, Gorman, California
- Yoshio Taniguchi and Associates: The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, Tokyo National Museum


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