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Today's News - February 21, 2003

An electronic conversation about WTC plans, mis-interpreted in translation sparks apology. -- "Sham plan" - a grabber of a headline, but a bit overstated (we hope). -- A classic case of "Who's on first" in stalled developments in India. -- Dealing with sprawl in Prague and Toronto. -- Big plans in Ft. Worth revitalization efforts. -- Transit Villages in the works in California. -- Environmental and energy issues affecting home building. -- Russian town looks to Atlantic City to resolve zoning conflict. -- Cities and universities should be natural allies. -- Designers dazzle in Toronto and Minneapolis.

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A Conversation With Daniel Libeskind [tanscript]- Gotham Gazette

WTC Design Finalist Buries 'Skeletons In The Sky': Libeskind apologizes “for the unfortunate use of the term [skeleton].”- NY Newsday

Sham Plan for New WTC: Development officials are expected to pick plan by Libeskind - but is likely to end up looking a lot different from the way he envisioned it.- New York Post

Project fate caught between UT departments: plan for developing commercial complexes a casualty of lack of communication, coordination and cooperation between architecture and engineering departments- Indian Express (Bombay)

Pushing the envelope: The threat of sprawl looms as Praguers look to greener pastures- The Prague Post

Bringing sprawl into focus in Toronto- Toronto Star

Uptown idea: $300 million redevelopment plan would further extend the reach of downtown's revitalization,- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

'Transit Village' Going Up Near Rail Stop in S. Pasadena: Complex of Craftsman-style townhouses and stores is one of several developments being built along region's train routes. - Moule & Polyzoides- Los Angeles Times

Growing Energy Worries Prompt Greener Homes: builders of all kinds are embracing green standards in everything from materials to design.- Wall Street Journal

Renovating the Design and Construction Process for Sustainable Success: In green building, architects and engineers can work together to achieve superior environmental and economical results.- Environmental Design + Construction

Atlantic City as a Precedent in a Russian Zoning Dispute- Pravda (Russia)

Commentary: Save cities, unlock ivory towers: need to reexamine relations between cities and one of their greatest resources - universities.- Christian Science Monitor

Radical houses: What happens when you ask a group of designers to create the urban dream home?- Globe and Mail (Canada)

"Here by Design" exhibit offers dazzling variety, from a tent designed for the disabled to display stands for eyeglasses. [images]- Minneapolis Star Tribune

A Modernist Sees Luster in Old Silver - Margo Grant Walsh/Gensler- New York Times

ADC Telecommunications Global Headquarters: A 21st-Century Workplace - Hammel, Green & Abrahamson (HGA)- ArchNewsNow

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated Feb. 14)- ArchNewsNow


- Allmann Sattler Wappner: Südwestmetall Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- Dorte Mandrup Architects: Neighborhood Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Rafael Viñoly Architects: Carl Icahn Laboratory, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, New Jersey


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