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Today's News - March 13, 2003

What makes a visionary? "The key to understanding Libeskind's flexibility may be his belief that so long as he is the one who keeps modifying the vision, the modified vision will remain his." -- Rumors of catty conversations. -- The mayor wants Ground Zero. -- A Philadelphian in the mix. -- Also downtown: What is the potential effect of so many monuments to death and loss on a living neighborhood? -- Space is pricey in London, Paris, and Tokyo. -- Heritage sites and landmarks in trouble in UK, Chicago, and L.A. -- Self-sustainable communities and more "green" buildings for the future. -- Debunking suburban myths. -- High rollers and high culture in Las Vegas. -- Man with a campus plan profiled in new book. -- Memories of Mies: "There never appeared to be any sense of urgency or temptation to compromise."

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New York's New Visionary: Libeskind's plan for Ground Zero covers everything from plumbing to philosophy, but when the project is finally completed, how much of his design will stand?- NY Newsday

Libeskindling: clubby world of New York architects has not exactly welcomed him into the fold.- New York Observer

Mayor Mike Sees City Taking Control At Ground Zero: will likely increase pressure on developer Larry Silverstein to abandon his interests in the rebuilding effort- New York Observer

Man with some plans: For Phila., ground zero: Penn's Gary Hack is on the design team to rebuild in N.Y., and is at the forefront of discussions about Penn's Landing. By Inga Saffron- Philadelphia Inquirer

Memorials Proliferate in Crowded Downtown: "All the issues about memorial mania come together in Lower Manhattan" [images]- New York Times

Report: London, Tokyo and Paris retain their status as the top three priciest places to lease office space- National Real Estate Investor

Britain backs plan to weaken heritage sites: a different interpretation of the rules- Guardian (UK)

Green space would cost a chunk of Dallas history: Commerce Garden threatens "the best block of 1950s architecture in the city." By David Dillon- Dallas Morning News

Landmarks group targeting 11 sites: old Cook County Hospital and the Farnsworth House are among Illinois' most endangered historic places- Chicago Tribune

Renovation of Wright landmark rests on shaky ground in L.A.- Chicago Tribune

Building Self-Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century- Energy Pulse

More 'green' buildings needed: Some of the worst energy hogs in the United States are its buildings. - Van der Ryn Architects- Billings Gazette

Suburban myths: Is it true that multifamily housing is a bad influence on our neighborhoods?- Chicago Tribune

High Design in Las Vegas? Viva!- New York Times

Planning a ‘City of Learning’: Architect John Galen Howard shaped the face of the Berkeley campus. [image]- Berkeleyan

Memories of Mies and the goal of perfection: Prof Cathal O'Neill talks about the start of his career as an architect - studying under Mies van der Rohe in late 1950s Chicago.- Irish Times (via Archeire.com)

New Street Parking Garage - Frazier Associates [images]- ArchNewsNow

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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