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Today's News - April 18, 2003

Silverstein names his own overseer. -- Reconstructing Iraq. -- Local and international architects chomping at the bit for a shot at new Winnipeg museum. -- Underwater Guggenheim may tank. -- International shortlist for Armenian museum. -- A Sci Fi museum for Seattle. -- Shopping and skiing at Xanadu Madrid (what would Kubla Khan think?). -- Architect makes new home in L.A. -- St. Louis puts $1.4 billion to good use. -- Preserving Beijing's treasures. -- Harvard approves long-awaited building plan. -- Lowest cost choice often leads to losses for both designers and projects. -- A blow-up basilica - just in time for Easter.

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Silverstein names Ground Zero overseer- Crain's New York

U.S. Gives Bechtel a Major Contract in Rebuilding Iraq- New York Times

British consultants are in talks with US construction firms over contracts in Iraq.- Building (UK)

Tribute to human rights: $270-million Canadian Museum for Human Rights...on Winnipeg's riverfront...architects in are already abuzz...expected to submit proposals.- National Post (Canada)

Rio Guggenheim: Grand vision or 'cultural Titanic'? Criticism of the proposed museum is aesthetic as well as political. - Jean Nouvel- Chicago Tribune

International Competition Selects Final Three Firms: Winning Firm Will Design $25 Million Modern Art Museum in Armenia - Bernard Tschumi Architects; COOP HIMMELB(L)AU; MVRDV- Armenian News Network

Science Fiction Experience in EMP's near future: Paul Allen's latest plan for the Experience Music Project is out of this world.- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Stores, Go-Karts and Skiing, Together in Spain: Madrid Xanadu - Chapman Taylor [images]- New York Times

In love with a 'normal city': Austrian-born Raimund Abraham is teaching again, this time in L.A.- Los Angeles Times

Downtown Renaissance: Luring suburban residents back to the city is at the heart of the St. Louis effort to rejuvenate downtown- National Real Estate Investor

New Beijing to combine modern and ancient glories: the city's largest conservation project since 1949.- Shanghai Daily

Harvard Approves New North Yard Science Building - Josť Rafael Moneo- The Harvard Crimson

Better design worth more in the long run: "lowest cost" instead of "best value"...result is usually poor design, virtually no "value adding", spiralling construction budgets and, sometimes for the designers, massive losses.- Sydney Morning Herald

Blow-up basilica: British designer has made what he says is the world's first inflatable church - Michael Gill [image]- Sydney Morning Herald

2003 Call For Submissions for Architectural Graphic Standards First Annual: "Architectural Entries, Openings, and Doorways"- ArchNewsNow

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated 04/04/03)- ArchNewsNow


- The Architect's Studio: Michael Jantzen - Virtual Reality Interface
- GAD architects: BMW Expedition Center/Parkorman, Istanbul, Turkey
- Kim Utzon: Henry Dunker Culture Centre, Helsingborg, Sweden
- Book: Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century By David Gissen


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