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Today's News - February 24, 2003

Down to the wire downtown: officials will announce WTC design winner Thursday (are they playing odds in Las Vegas, we wonder?). Meanwhile: Libeskind has made the bathtub shallower, and THINK got rid of the reflecting pools. -- "Modernists are not trained to commemorate and revivify, to heal and restore; in fact, if anything, quite the opposite," says Trachtenberg. -- Phoenix wants World's Fair. -- Shanghai spending billions for World Expo. -- Baltimore waterfront site looking for architectural inspiration. -- Looking for inspiration for a new bridge over Niagara River. -- Moneo in the news on both sides of the Atlantic. -- A Wright house in Illinois and Art Deco heritage in Japan in jeopardy. -- Not much inspiration in design for fire house/housing complex in London. -- "Wonderfully useless architectural constructions" on view in Pasadena.

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Our Critic, Justin Davidson, Picks: Relinquishing the opportunity to build THINK’s Eiffel-like towers might be a mistake, but rejecting Libeskind’s proposal would be a bigger one.- NY Newsday

Manhattan ready to pick Libeskind's jagged towers: Polish-born architect's plan will be pared back to meet competing demands on WTC site demands- Guardian (UK)

Building resolve: Daniel Libeskind digs in as the contest to design the replacement for the World Trade Center winds down. It's a project calling for vision -- and the will to ride out competitors' gibes.- Los Angeles Times

A New Vision for Ground Zero Beyond Mainstream Modernism. By Marvin Trachtenberg- New York Times

Development group [two developers and an architect] pushes for Phoenix World's Fair in '08: plan on holding a design competition for a permanent monument - George Schoneberger- Phoenix Business Journal

Shanghai Develops Airport to Welcome 2010 World Expo: government will invest 50 billion yuan (US$6 billion) over the next seven years...- People's Daily (China)

Allied site complex in works: seeking an architect to design a 220,000-square-foot office building on the largest undeveloped harborfront parcel in Baltimore.- Baltimore Business Journal

In Toledo, a bridge made (partly) of glass - Figg Engineering Group [images]- Buffalo News

No wonder his peers don't trust Moneo - he actually builds things. By Deyan Sudjic- Observer (UK)

RISD building design seeks distinction, stirs controversy - Jose Rafael Moneo- Providence Business News

Obituary: Arthur Jackson Hepworth, 91: Artist and architect, he studied with Ben Nicholson and Leslie Martin and always stayed true to his modernist roots- Guardian (UK)

Opinions from Experts: Light Pollution; Building Green; Controlling Sprawl; etc.- Hartford Courant

Wright house wrong for family in Glencoe; future uncertain...could become the first Wright structure in 30 years to be demolished. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

Art Deco Inheritance: American missionary/architect left his mark - William Merrell Vories- Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

This is an emergency: Why do Britain's new fire stations look like offices or apartment blocks? Because that's how private funding works, says Jonathan Glancey - HLM- Guardian (UK)

Forms at play in the field of the mind's eye: Viewing pleasure is the point of Vincent Fecteau's wonderfully useless architectural constructions. [images]- Los Angeles 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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