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Today's News - February 5, 2003

Philadelphia treasures highlighted in two books. -- It's official: Libeskind and THINK on shortlist for WTC design - with caveat: "No plan in its current configuration is perfect." -- The battle for Ground Zero: much of it shaped by publicity machines. -- A memorial garden for Lower Manhattan and Boston deals with its own newfound park space. -- Planning for people often works out better on paper. -- A Greek architect challenges students in Lebanon to think environmentally. -- Zero-energy homes spark imaginations. -- St. Petersburg landmarks set for renovation and re-use. -- Taipei government building inspired by Bauhaus and Wright opens to public for the first time. -- Motives behind planned community for children questioned. -- Museum malaise, except in Akron. -- Exhibition reviews/previews from all over. - Philippine Institute of Architects convention draws big names. -- An Italian architect documents Beirut.

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BOOKSHELF: The City of Brotherly Love takes center stage in two beautiful new volumes- ArchNewsNow

Two Finalists Are Selected for the Void at Ground Zero - Studio Daniel Libeskind; THINK (Schwartz, Viñoly, Smith, Ban, etc.)- New York Times

The battle for Ground Zero. By Hugh Pearman- HughPeaman.com

A 'wild' tribute takes root in New York City: Piet Oudolf has been commissioned to create a 9/11 tribute garden- Christian Science Monitor

Surface Artery designs debated: Five urban design specialists called for bolder ideas from the 13 finalist design teams- Boston Globe

Op-Ed:Myths To Live By: The Jobs-Housing Balance: ...should people, not plans, decide where people live and work? By Wendell Cox- PLANetizen

New architecture turns fiction into fact: Greek designer puts Lebanese students to the environmental test - Thanos N. Stasinopoulos- Daily Star (Lebanon)

Zero-energy home contest spurs imagination of designers, builders- MichiganLive

Prime Minister Seizes 4 Buildings on St. Isaac's Square, St. Petersburg: will announce a tender for the renovation- Moscow Times (Russia)

Take a glimpse into the government's living room: Executive Yuan completed in 1940 influenced by the Bauhaus School and Frank Lloyd Wright- Taipei Times

World Children's Center plan riles neighbors: claim $250 million, 910-acre planned community...hidden behind the faces of children to push through a mega-bucks business.- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Museum malaise: Aging infrastructure and competition causing problems- Crain's Chicago Business

Akron Art Museum: to get more for its money: New facility to be larger than slated but cost same - Wolf Prix/Coop Himmelb(l)au- Beacon Journal (Ohio)

In London, the Rich Echo of Art Deco: Exhibition reviews/previews from all over By Linda Hales- Washington Post

Sydney Games architect to speak at Philippine Institute of Architects convention February 26 to March 1 - Philip Cox- ABS-CBN (Philippines)

Italian architect returns to document Beirut’s reconstruction - Gabriele Basilico- Daily Star (Lebanon)

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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