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Today's News - May 21, 2003

Tributes to two lives well spent. -- Questions of collaboration at Ground Zero. -- The London Times spends an amusing time with Gehry in LA (a city in "midlife crisis" that "has decided to become Paris"). -- Edinburgh, Calgary, and Salt Lake City take on the challenges of developing good urban design. -- A conference calls for preserving urban identities. -- San Antonio and Philadelphia seem to have some of the answers. -- "Iconographic Transect" is a good read (if you've had enough coffee this morning). -- A new leader for the National Urban League. -- The art of structural design with a Swiss accent.

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Obituary: Richard Norman Johnson, Architect, 79: Success built on vision, humanity- Sydney Morning Herald

Obituary: Patrick Gwynne, 90, Modernist architect of playful sophistication- Independent (UK)

Silverstein seeks new architect: ...bolster the team of architects to build new office buildings at the World Trade Center site. - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Kohn Pederson Fox; Norman Foster- NY Daily News

WTC squeeze play: Silverstein angling for 5th tower on site- NY Daily News

A heart of lightness in LA: Gehry doesnít much like talking about his work, at least not in a Daniel Libeskind/Rem Koolhaas, highfalutin way.- The Times (UK)

Designs are out if they don't fit in: ...itís not a question of what a building looks like itself, but what it looks like in the whole panorama in which it is sited.- The Scotsman (UK)

Calgary planning 'urban village': Historic Bow River community to be revitalized as retail, residential area...builders...have until June 5 to put their proposals in writing.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

So What's Up With Downtown? Certainly, flattening the better part of entire city blocks creates one-of-a-kind development opportunities...for a downtown rebirth.- Salt Lake Tribune

American University in Dubai conference on architecture: Preserve local architectural identity- Gulf News (Dubai)

New Urbanism a shift from earlier codes: Addison Circle, the 9-year-old poster child of New Urbanism in Texas. - RTKL- San Antonio Express-News

Philadelphia's valuable foot fetish: ...has the nation's largest concentration of people who walk to work...and the largest "24-hour downtown"- Philadelphia Daily News

Op-Ed: Iconography and the Transect: The Urban Transect, as developed by Andres Duany...is an excellent tool...does not promote a coherence to the appearance of buildings. By Dino Marcantonio [images]- PLANetizen

National Urban League now headed by man who 'saved' a city - Marc H. Morial- Baltimore Sun

Exhibition Review: "The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy" on View at Princeton through June 15- Art Museum Network News


- Oscar Niemeyer: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2003, Hyde Park, London
- Tadao Ando: Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
- Exhibition: "Tadao Ando: Regeneration - Surroundings and Architecture," Tokyo Station Gallery
- Books: "Oscar Niemeyer: A Legend of Modernism" and "Starck by Starck"


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