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Libeskind as master of architecture, politics, and budgets ("Daniel is good at getting the best bang for your buck. It's called value engineering…," says Nina. "It is the bargain-basement of all the schemes in the competition," says Daniel.) -- Memorial competition "efforts fascinating even to those of us who are not American." -- Hometown proud of Pentagon Memorial designer. -- Souvenirs of disasters. -- Honeymoon over for NYC mayor's housing plans? -- On a lighter note, at Cannes "deals are done that will change the face of a score of cities…[then architects] go back to being herbivores in black polonecks and funny glasses." -- Gehry to make music Miami. -- Environmental architecture in Taiwan. -- Smart growth at odds with developers in Virginia. -- Mixed-use mega-project in Dubai. -- The Twentieth Century Society tried, but 1970s library in Birmingham, UK, has no future as site to be "a kind of mini-Manhattan." -- High praise for new Seattle skyscraper, but "If that gronky old parking garage…hogs the spotlight, we may look like a city of rubes that has let library architect Rem Koolhaas pull something over on us." -- A wealth (or dearth) of visions for Baltimore development. -- Big bucks for shoddy school work in Miami. -- A new book examines the Palestinian conflict, and how "each side has enlisted architecture as part of its political rhetoric." -- A new publication explores The Next American City.

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Commentary: Tough Angles: The winning scheme is a triumph, not of design but of Libeskind's nose for politics. By Patrick Pinnell- Hartford Courant

De$igns of Trouble: [Libeskind] record indicates a willingness to retool his bold designs to accommodate financial and political realities.- NY Post

Libeskind raises Denver Art Museum's profile- Denver Post

Editorial: Written in stone and light: [memorial] competitions have refocused attention on the question of just what it is we do -- or should be doing -- when we build memorials...even to those of us who are not American.- Japan Times

[Pentagon] Monument to 9/11 victims has Morris native's touch - Julie Beckman/Kaseman-Beckman Architectural Strategies- Daily Record (New Jersey)

Souvenirs With an Emotional Cast: Constantin Boym's Buildings of Disaster. By Linda Hales- Washington Post

Critiquing The Mayor's Housing Plan: now that people have had time to read the fine print, many, especially in City Council, have second thoughts.- Gotham Gazette

Cossacks, mop tops and lamé swimsuits: The annual Cannes trade fair and bun fight is a showcase for the good, the bad and the downright bonkers. By Deyan Sudjic- Observer (UK)

Celebrity architect to develop New World Symphony site plan - Frank Gehry; Bernard Zyscovich- Miami Herald

A new direction in architecture: a group of Taiwanese architects is designing houses tailored to suit the needs of one of the nation's more environmentally conscious counties- Taipei Times

In Loudoun County, 'Smart-Growth' Legislation Hits a Snag: Opponents see it as a "slow-growth" plan at best and, at worst, as a "no-growth" plan. By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

Dhs. 1.4 billion BurJuman expansion project [Dubai] moves into final construction phase - Kohn Pederson Fox Associates; Eric Kuhne and Associates- Zawya.com (Gulf News)

Shelf life: It's great that Birmingham is getting a gleaming new library. But it's a crying shame they have to destroy the old one. By Jonathan Glancey - Richard Rogers Partnership; John Madin Design Partnership; Future Systems [image]- Guardian (UK)

On Architecture: A tall, cool one: Seattle's first new skyscraper...While IDX may not push architecture's boundaries, it is an impeccable rendition of a familiar building type. - Zimmer Gunsul Frasca [images]- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Of convention hotel plans, first is the least: Three groups step up to the plate with variety of proposals for Oriole Park area - RTKL; John Portman & Associates; Peter Fillat Architects- Baltimore Sun

Dozens of schools accepted with flaws, risks: school district paid millions to the contractors and architects who turned in shoddy work.- Miami Herald

Book Review: Lines of conflict: "An Aesthetic Occupation: The Immediacy of Architecture and the Palestine Conflict"- Ha`aretz (Israel)

Enchanted by Cities: Three recent Yale University graduates have a vision for The Next American City, which happens to be the title of the quarterly magazine they just began.- New York Times

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated 03/07/03)- 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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