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Today's News - March 20, 2003

"Mankind…is measured by the cities it builds, and destroys." -- Too much NYC planning happening behind too many closed doors. -- UK museum a favorite to win big prize - oops - registration paperwork not complete. -- Akron museum to be "a transparent, expansive, light-filled place saturated with confidence and panache." -- Big plans for a Boston museum: architect needed. -- Three teams for Boston's Big Dig parks. -- Family hopes "public opinion will step in" to save Boris Pasternak house outside of Moscow. -- A tasty example of Googie architecture declared a cultural-historic monument. -- Beirut architect dedicated to preserving city's heritage. -- On density, sprawl, and smart growth; and some thoughtful responses. -- Architect makes art for Hermes. -- AIA St. Louis has new digs. -- Tiles as a new (old) design tool.

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City Observed: Baghdad and a New Paradigm for Urbanity. By Sam Hall Kaplan- KCRW.org (Los Angeles)

New York City's Big Planning Projects: Avoiding the Public? ...important decisions about the future of the city are being made behind closed doors.- Gotham Gazette

Imperial War Museum of the North, designed by Daniel Libeskind, misses chance of winning top prize- Guardian (UK)

Akron Art Museum's future looks bright. By Seven Litt - Coop Himmelb(l)au- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Museum of Science plans $135M expansion: Plans call for a new "signature building"...now searching for an architect and program planner- Boston Business Journal

Above the Cut: The Big Dig selects landscape teams for three new parks in downtown Boston- Landscape Architecture

Developers menace Pasternak village (Russia): will soon be "ruined" by the construction of an estate of holiday homes opposite it- Guardian (UK)

Burger, Fries and a Slice of History: The Munch Box added to the Cultural Heritage Commission's list of historic-cultural monuments...Googie architecture, or Coffee Shop Moderne [image]- Los Angeles Times

American University of Beirut architectural graduate makes safeguarding Beirut’s heritage her mission in life - Mona Hallak- Daily Star (Lebanon)

Density Limits Only Add To Sprawl: Large Lots Eat Up Area Countryside- Washington Post

Letters to the Editor: Our Sprawling Suburbs- Washington Post

Luxury and nothingness at Maison Hermes in Ginza, Tokyo - Yumi Kori; Renzo Piano- Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

AIA St. Louis Chapter shows how to "do it right" at Lammert Building - Ottolino Winters Huebner Architects- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

European tiles take hold in SoMa: ...a welcome new tool in an age where too many buildings take the easy way out by putting on old airs. By John King- San Fancisco Chronicle

Fox Departs Fox & Fowle- ArchNewsNow

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

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated 03/14/03)- ArchNewsNow


- Zaha Hadid Architects: Groundbreaking for MAXXI: centre for contemporary art, Rome, Italy
- Exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
- Richard Meier & Partners: Restaurant 66, New York City
- Polshek Partnership: Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History, New York City


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