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Today's News - March 7, 2003

Panned and praised WTC plans have a lot in common. -- Architecture and the art of compromise. -- The city wants more say in rebuilding plans. -- Pentagon Memorial process offers lessons. -- Glamour flats for Brighton. -- No easy roads for developers who want to build "smart." -- Scottish Parliament as a butterfly - make that a flower. -- Transparent towers to fill "black hole" in Sydney. -- Regulating engineers in UAE will be good for the profession. -- Some say Seattle monorail's "Brutalism" architecture may not be great style, but as a part of city history, it's worth preserving. -- The grandeur of Liverpool. -- Landmark school design in Malta. -- A Toronto police station you might want to actually visit. -- Weekend diversions: Neutra exhibit in Pittsburgh, and tree houses for adults.

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Aspirations Bump Into Practicalities at Ground Zero: there are important differences between Beyer Blinder Belle and Studio Daniel Libeskind plans...Yet the similarities are...likely to grow...as distinctive edges are shaved off the winning plan.- New York Times

Now Libeskind tackles the hard part: Architect says that getting World Trade Centre design built will involve compromises.- Building (UK)

City Is Seeking Bigger Role in Rebuilding: would leave LMDC with little real authority- New York Times

Memorial Lessons: Pentagon Memorial decision didn't get much attention...Which is too bad - everything about the design, the process...is a vast improvement over the circus surrounding the future of what was once the World Trade Center.- New York Post

Brighton bids for a new look: may yet be home to some of the most glamorous flats to be built anywhere in Britain. By Jonathan Glancey - Richard Rogers Partnership; Wilkinson Eyre; Frank Gehry/CZWG/HOK [images]- Guardian (UK)

Why Building "Smart" is Hard: transformation of Denver's Elitch Gardens into cost effective environmentally responsible Highlands' Garden Village- The Next American City

Holyrood uncovered: ...our parliament is a chrysalis. In a month or two a marvellous butterfly is going to emerge to astonish us all. - Enrique Miralles- The Scotsman (UK)

Towers chosen to put Regent site to rest: A pair of see-through towers...to fill one of Sydney's oldest "black holes." - Foster & Partners [image]- Sydney Morning Herald

Working for the good of the profession: Society of Engineers in the UAE is working hard with authorities on a law to regulate the engineering profession in the country.- Gulf News (UAE)

Latest monorail debate over pillars is 'brutal': organization trying to preserve architecture from around the time of the World's Fair...represent a style known as "Brutalism"- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Glory of Greece, grandeur of Rome ... and docks of Liverpool: Buildings rated among world's treasures- Guardian (UK)

Multi-purpose halls planned for six schools: landmark school architecture is being planned [image]- Valletta Times (Malta)

Police build on the past: Restored heritage building at heart of new station...will help in the rehabilitation of an historic but badly run-down [Toronto] corner.- Toronto Star

Heinz Architectural Center opens the doors on a close designer/client relationship: "Windshield: Richard Neutra's House for the John Nicholas Brown Family" [images]- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Out on a Limb: Tree Houses for Adults [images]- New York Times

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated 02/28/03)- ArchNewsNow


- Competition Winner: Coop Himmelb(l)au: Ålborg Music House, Ålborg, Denmark
- Exhibition: The Undiscovered Richard Meier: The Architect as Designer and Artist; Museum for Applied Art, Frankfurt, Germany
- Tod Williams Billie Tsien: American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY


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