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Today's News - July 1, 2003

Les Grands Prix for design in Montreal. -- The ink starts to flow again around Ground Zero: Libeskind speaks (again); arts institutions sought; maybe or maybe not the NYC Opera; memorial proposals fill a warehouse. -- A "golden envelope" for Mariinsky Theatre raises eyebrows. -- Urban plazas and public spaces in focus and on exhibit. -- Conference centers and urban renewal: lessons to learned. -- Big bucks for new student center at OSU (maybe). -- Big bucks from Bill Gates for NYC charter schools (definitely). -- Flooding the past in China and plans to rebuild towns once submerged in Russia. -- An amusing look at architecture as a "green" profession, but very serious about the Green Building Conference coming up in Australia. -- Mum's the word about Ito's department store design in Glasgow, but hailed as "the most spectacular ever seen in Scotland." -- Big plans for Peoria museum. -- Beautiful music in bloom at the Cleveland Orchestra's renovated summer home.

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Commerce Design Montréal 2003: An awards initiative rewards all in a unique public/private collaboration between a city and its professional design and business community. [images]- ArchNewsNow

World Trade Center architect speaks out: ...winning over his critics is the least of his worries. Architect Daniel Libeskind says the hole is greater than the sum of its parts. By Dominic Lutyens (Observer UK)- Taipei Times

LMDC reaches out to arts institutions...interested in becoming part of the facilities and programs at Ground Zero.- Crain's New York

New York City Opera Not a Shoo-In at Ground Zero- New York Times

Plans Pour In for Memorial at 9/11 Site: What rebuilding officials fear most when the finalists are presented...the public will spurn them all- New York Times

Mariinsky Design Winner Raises Eyebrows, Doubts - Dominique Perrault [image]- St. Petersburg Times (Russia)

Urban plazas that set Portland's modern landscape get some TLC - Lawrence Halprin- The Oregonian

Bringing nature home to the city: integrity of place- San Diego Union-Tribune

Best Revival: A new [Van Alen Institute] exhibition shows that the once much maligned idea of public space is making a global comeback. By Philip Nobel [images]- Metropolis magazine

Pride of place: $160 million renovation of the National Gallery of Victoria - Mario Bellini- The Age (Australia)

Tale of two centers: Salem's experience carries lessons for Olympia conference facility - LMN Architects [images]- The Olympian (Washington)

Ohio State University eyes $93M student center: [possible] go-ahead in January to hire an architect - Moody/Nolan- MSNBC

Bill Gates Donates $22 million to build new [charter] schools in New York City- New York Post

Letter from China: Underwater: The world’s biggest dam floods the past.- New Yorker

Reclaimed villages to emerge from Stalin-era reservoir: drain the Ribinsk reservoir, and restore the churches and architecture of the town of Mologa.- Guardian (UK)

Subculture: Architecture: The Green Profession. By Frank Lowe- Archizine (Australia)

Design guru's space-age blueprint for new £90million Selfridges - Toyo Ito [images]- Evening Times (Scotland)

Museum look moves forward: Planners want to make Downtown [Peoria] statement with $60 million facility - Chad Floyd/Centerbrook Architects & Planners; White Oak Consultants; Duany Plater Zyberk & Co.- Peoria Journal Star

Blossom Music Center an elegant perennial: renovation of summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra...has swept away the clutter and confusion... By Steven Litt - Peter van Dijk; Michael Van Valkenburgh; Two Twelve Associates- Cleveland Plain Dealer


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