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Today's News - May 5, 2003

Oculus: ANN editor's new adventure. -- Wedge of Light brouhaha continues. -- Gwathmey gives his take on Ground Zero plans and more. -- Taliesin Architects closes its doors. -- The "starchitect" trend: "When it comes to designer labels, made in the U.S.A. is wearing thin and imports are the fashion." -- Design faulted in lawsuit. --Will the "Bilbao effect" affect Rio? -- Hits and misses of urban infill. -- Green project design just misses. -- A shoebox-sized theater gem. -- Something old is new again: natural light in learning environments. -- New urbanists, modernists, even bushfire architects profiled everywhere.

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New York's Oculus Returning as a Quarterly: the journal of the New York Chapter of the AIA is to reappear in print this week.- New York Times

Letters to the Editor re: The Power of Light at Ground Zero- New York Times

Trade center designs rose to expectations, architect says: Winning team made 'seductive' but unsubtle image presentation. By Whitney Gould - Charles Gwathmey/Gwathmey Siegel & Associates- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

So long to Frank Lloyd Wright, as architects' office closes - Taliesin Architects- The Herald (UK)

Taliesin severs its architect business: CEO cuts firm loose in cost-saving move- The Capital Times (Wisconsin)

Global 'Starchitects' Sow Passion into Land Of Pragmatism: U.S. teammates 'wowed' by foreign cultures of charisma, clout, collaboration and design above dollar sign - Santiago Calatrava; Renzo Piano; Rem Koolhaas; Tadao Ando; Norman Foster; Fumihiko Maki; Jose Rafael Moneo [images]- Engineering News-Record (ENR)

Lawyers fault bus terminal design in wrongful death suit - DMJM/Troyer Joint Venture- South Bend Tribune (Indiana)

It worked in Bilbao. Will it succeed in Rio? Rio de Janeiro signed a contract last week to build a Guggenheim museum. But urban revival plan is assailed. - Jean Nouvel [image]- Christian Science Monitor

Attention to little things means a lot: Under the inglorious name of "infill" - which sounds like somewhere to toss old furniture - these buildings serve as anchors around the city.- Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

Natural lighting goes to the head of class in today's schools: Districts increasingly going back to architecture with windows- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

New, 'green' Audubon Center is disappointing in design. By Whitney Gould - The Kubala Washatko Architects [images]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Little gem: It's undergone a 7.6m revamp - but it's still the size of a shoebox...the new-look Almeida theatre. By Jonathan Glancey - Howarth Tompkins; Burrell Foley Fischer- Guardian (UK)

When buildings change people: Moshe Safdie believes he has an obligation to think about cities as a whole, not just individual buildings. By Steven Litt- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Architect borrows a page from the past: Duany hopes return to old-style development will bring brighter future. - Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.- Free Lance-Star (Virginia)

Archive DS partners practice urban revival- Detroit Free Press

Modernist innovator reshaped Toronto: in the decades since he died, Dickinson and his accomplishments have been overlooked if not forgotten. By Christopher Hume - Peter Dickinson/Page and Steele- Toronto Star

Building on talent: An acclaimed architect is putting his mark on Buffalo by way of the design for a medical campus building that will weave the city's past and future - Mehrdad Yazdani/Cannon Design- Buffalo News

The bushfire architect: interview with Lindsay Johnston- ninemsn (Australia)

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


- Lab architecture studio: Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
- Richard Meier & Partners: In Construction: Frieder Burda Collection, Baden-Baden, Germany
- Williamson Pounders Architects: Master Plan & Visitors Center, Tunica River Park, Mississippi
- Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen: Master Plan First Prize: Chongquing Sunshine 100, Chongquing City, China


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