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Today's News - June 23, 2003

Another tribute to Ant Farm architect. -- WTC bathtub revered and restored. -- Transit is key to NYC downtown development. -- Eminent domain powers key to NYC Olympic sites? -- Online forum: to landmark or not to landmark Edward Durell Stone "folly." -- Business looking up for 2004. -- Cities as fat burners. - "Coving" a neighborhood. -- Pyatok brings lessons in affordable housing to Malaysia. -- First there was metropolitan; now we have "micropolitan." -- Mayor of Milwaukee to lead Congress for the New Urbanism. -- A modern classic faces the wrecking ball. -- Supreme Court gets long-awaited makeover. -- High praise for museum addition. -- Dublin duo takes on world's largest museum (links to lots of images). -- Prada takes on Tokyo. -- RIBA's new president has flash. -- Niemeyer's Serpentine Gallery 2003 summer pavilion shines.

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Obituary: Doug Michels, Radical Artist and Architect, 59: a founding member of Ant Farm...created "Cadillac Ranch"- New York Times

A Wall Once Unseen, Now Revered: [WTC bathtub] could be cherished by generations of tourists. But only if it remains standing.- New York Times

Transit is key to downtown: ...the most crucial element in spurring redevelopment.- Crain's New York

City may help acquire Olympic sites: prepared to use its eminent domain powers- Crain's New York

Paul Goldberger Leads On-Line Forum on Future of 2 Columbus Circle (through July 2) - Edward Durell Stone; Terence Riley; Witold Rybczynski; Michael Sorkin; Diane Lewis; John Kaliski; etc.- Landmark West!

Report: After a Disappointing 2003, Consensus Is for a Construction Recovery in 2004: Projected commercial upturn seen as reversing four-year nonresidential slide- AIArchitect

Cities Made for Walking May Be Fat Burners...say several urban planners, architects and researchers - Congress for the New Urbanism- New York Times

Smooth Sailing: A neighborhood "coving" design concept is one developer's secret weapon against entitlement anxieties. - Rick Harrison Site Design Studio- Builder Online

New look housing: Affordability need not be at the expense of quality - Michael Pyatok; RedStream Design [images]- The Star (Malaysia)

Small rural towns get new name - and new attention: Census Bureau now calls 565 far-flung hubs 'micropolitans.'- Christian Science Monitor

National organization promotes compact development: Mayor Norquist to lead Congress for the New Urbanism. By Whitney Gould- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Beautiful Loser: The Emhart Building...is but a few days away from the wrecking ball...because it is smack in the way of CIGNA's sprawling, misguided development plan for its 650-acre campus. - Gordon Bunshaft/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill [image]- Hartford Courant

High Court Breaks Ground on $122 million Overhaul - Cass Gilbert; Hillier- Washington Post

Peabody Essex Museum's collection now has a home that matches its quality. By Robert Campbell - Moshe Safdie- Boston Globe

Pyramid scheme: A Dublin duo is stepping on to the world stage...the Grand Egyptian museum at Giza - Heneghan Peng Architects; Cecil Balmond/Arup Europe- The Sunday Times (UK)

Forget the Clothes; Prada's Latest Design Isn't for Sale: A bubble-wrapped crystalline extravaganza [in Tokyo] - Herzog & de Meuron [image]- New York Times

The new president of the Royal Institute of British Architects favours flash trousers, but his vision is resoundingly straightforward - George Ferguson- Telegraph (UK)

The old boy from Brazil: At 96, Oscar Niemeyer, the man who built Brasilia, is still fizzing with ideas. At last he's brought his magic here, says Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)


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