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Today's News - April 24, 2003

"We stock our symbolic survival kits with the enduring idea of New York, which is more resilient than any of its architecture." -- A thoughtful commentary on the "antihuman bent of [Western] modernism" and the "serene, cool and majestic" design of Arab cultures (when given funding and a free hand). -- Calgary architects point the way to the future of housing. -- Turning Melbourne into L.A. -- Parking garages with chandeliers. -- Shortage of skilled professionals in Sydney. -- Rewards for urban regeneration in Newcastle. -- Big plans for Phoenix plaza. -- Culture flies high in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. -- Koolhaas cools on New York. -- Roy makes a big splash in San Francisco. -- Architects not dealing well with designs for death…and more.

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Opinion: City Without Fear: The New York skyline today defiantly attests that its residents faced danger not by hunkering down but by building up.- New York Times

A radical thought: Less is really less: ...in the West, our most educated and expensive architects want to create the most austere environments [but] urge to ornament is ageless.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Calgary at the crossroads: Young architects are helping to make this the city to watch for residential design...if only it would leave the suburbs behind. By Lisa Rochon - Housebrand; Alloy Design Group; Sturgess Architecture; Graham Edmunds Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)

The drive to turn Melbourne into Los Angeles- The Age (Australia)

Not All Parking Garages Are Created Alike: ...a small but growing contingent of designers working to take the pain out of parking.- Los Angeles Times

Shortages blamed on big projects: High profile government and overseas building and construction...have left the Sydney commercial industry facing a serious skills shortage- Infolink (Australia)

Architects celebrate winning top awards: Newcastle-based Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd (JDDK) win two national awards for their work in the urban regeneration...- icNewcastle (UK)

Architects float ideas for Plaza: Civic Plaza $600 million expansion and renovation - Leo A Daly; HOK Venue [images]- Arizona Republic

Tokyo gets a new cultural heart in Roppongi Hills opens Friday - Kohn Pedersen Fox; Jerde Partnership; Gluckman Mayner Architects- Japan Today

Post Prada, a Design Darling Slims Down: ...the love affair between Koolhaas and the city appears to be on the rocks. By Fred Bernstein- New York Times

Architect builds following on shape of things to come: For a case study in how today's architectural elite takes shape, consider the career trajectory of Lindy Roy. By John King- San Fancisco Chronicle

Graphic Artists Cross a Line: We're Not Just Hired Pens- New York Times

Where people go when they die: cemeteries of the modern era are bleak, flat fields...with all the spiritual uplift of a supermarket car park.- Australian Financial Review

Discovering Chuta Ito through drawings: architect and architecture historian- Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

Designing the High Line: Competition insights about - and hopes for - one of Manhattan's most unique urban environments. [images]- ArchNewsNow

WTC Proposals: Who's Saying What Worldwide (updated 04/18/03)- 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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