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Today's News - July 8, 2003

Baby Boomers' retirement expectations redefine an industry. -- The face of Lower Manhattan begins to change. -- Several takes on being "green." -- Green Wal-Marts on the horizon? -- Accessible, affordable housing with aesthetic appeal. -- Urban landscapes revitalized by a mall, transportation hub, town center, and parks in San Francisco, Auckland, a Milwaukee suburb, and London. -- Improving passenger rail systems for the wrong reason. -- A look at Harvard Square's golden age for architecture. -- High praise for two new museums. -- Profiles of an iconoclastic dream-builder and an architect returning to his own dream.

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INSIGHT: When Boomers Retire...Baby Boomers' retirement expectations are redefining an industry. By J. David Hoglund, FAIA- ArchNewsNow

A Signal of Rebirth Downtown: Two slender 60-foot-tall structures ...perhaps they are more than pillars framing a commuter train station.- New York Times

Green: Who Gets It, Who’s Got it, and Who’s Getting Left Behind- Buildings.com

Wal-Mart heeds 'green' critics: Store in Vancouver may include sod roof...has hired Busby + Associates, a leading "green" architecture firm...- National Post (Canada)

Affordable Housing Succeeds for Disabled: Aesthetically...rises above many built for this type of population. - Erick Mikiten- Berkekey Daily Planet (California)

Innovative design peps up formerly ho-hum Larkspur mall: Marin Central Plaza is a bracing reminder that...even the most mundane pieces of the urban landscape can be memorable. By John King - Topher Delaney [images]- San Fancisco Chronicle

Britomart – New Architectural Landmark for Auckland: a public transport system that works - Jasmax; Mario Madayag- Scoop (New Zealand)

Cost up $50 million [to $150 million] to revamp Bayshore: 'New Urbanist' plan has cinema, town square [image]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Revamped Trafalgar Square returns to public domain: subtly redesigned square at the heart of an increasingly pedestrianised London. - Foster and Partners [images]- Building (UK)

Firm given grow ahead for Garden: a £10 million visitor centre in the Capital’s Royal Botanic Garden. - Edward Cullinan Architects- The Scotsman (UK)

Op-Ed: Passenger Rail and September 11th: Is the threat of terrorism a good reason for pouring resources into our nation's passenger rail system?- PLANetizen

Reflecting on a time when Harvard Square towered with designers. By Robert Campbell - Josep Lluis Sert; Benjamin Thompson- Boston Globe

More Perfect Union of Function and Form: National Constitution Center...design is right. By Witold Rybczynski - Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Ralph Appelbaum Associates [images]- New York Times

A 21st-Century Museum With Puritan Bones: Peabody Essex Museum - Moshe Safdie- New York Times

Builder of dreams: Cedric Price is a legend who has inspired architects for 50 years...the eccentric irritant of the architectural establishment...- The Times (UK)

Dick Rittelmann returns to what he likes best: design - Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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


- In construction: Daniel Libeskind: Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Competition winner: Dominique Perrault: Opera House Mariinsky II, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Competition winners: Space Group; Ove Arup & Partners; West 8: Passenger Terminal & Urban Plan, Tromsø, Norway
- Exhibition: Zaha Hadid Architecture, MAK, Vienna; Photographed by Gerald Zugmann


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