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Today's News - July 24, 2003

At Ground Zero: Huxtable says public interest - not profit motive - must determine what happens at the World Trade Center site. -- Culture and commerce on collision course? -- Concerns about WTC environmental impact report. -- Finding a role for historic buildings downtown before they're lost. -- Rebuilding public housing in Toronto. -- Insensitive restoration of Islamic sites in Kosovo (good intentions gone wrong?). -- St. Basil's Cathedral threatened by military marches and rock concerts. -- Don't lay off -- lend! -- Glasgow loses preservation champion to Cambridge. -- Move over malls…we prefer "lifestyle centers." -- Public markets ripe for urban placemaking. -- Jazzy streetlamps jazz up downtown Manhattan. -- Gehry at Columbia preaches "abstinence in the bawdy house of form, temperance to the theory-drunk, patience at a school where the professional model is the shooting star: streak, flash, burn out." -- Bubble houses in our future? -- Young architect wins MoMA prize. -- Gaudi café wins high praise (the food is good, too).

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No Games With Ground Zero, Please: The profit motive must yield to the greater good. By Ada Louise Huxtable - Daniel Libeskind; David Childs/SOM- Wall Street Journal

No Greater Legacy: Culture, commerce and public spirit on collision course at Ground Zero. Whose place is this? By Peter Slatin- The Slatin Report

WTC Plans Draw Concerns: Experts, planners and concerned residents gave their response to a draft environmental impact statement- NY Newsday

Here, Preservation Meets Imagination: ...needed to find a meaningful role for these small 19th- and early 20th-century structures [or] preservationists risk being identified as impediments to revitalization. - SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli- New York Times

City plans to bulldoze, rebuild Regent Park: Council approves $400-million project that mixes different types of housing- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Heritage or Sacrilege? Kosovo’s Islamic sites are being insensitively restored, say local preservationists. It has nothing to do with us, say the foreign charities funding the projects. [images]- Transitions Online (Czech Republic)

Gamblers and pop music rock Russian landmark: have all taken their toll on the 450-year-old St. Basil's Cathedral ...report commissioned by the government from the architectural firm Kreal...- Guardian (UK)

Building bridges to a job: [Architecture firms] avoid layoffs by lending employees when the work slows- The Oregonian

Champion of Glasgow's architecture quits Scotland: Gavin Stamp, who has led a revival of interest in Alexander "Greek" Thomson buildings...[takes] post at Cambridge University.- The Herald (Scotland)

Still Crazy for Lifestyle Centers: Key...is an open-air design with upscale architecture...- National Real Estate Investor

Market Zeitgiest: This identity with a public space is what urban designers strive for: places where people can bind with a community... By Sam Hall Kaplan- KCRW.org (Los Angeles)

Downtown Lighting With Hints of Jazz: 54 street lamps...are part of a smart collection of street fixtures. By Herbert Muschamp - Cooper, Robertson & Partners [image]- New York Times

Relax. Don't Do It. Frank Gehry's words of advice to a roomful of Columbia shapemakers. By Philip Nobel- Metropolis Magazine

Dreaming Between the Grooves in a Futuristic Bubble: Roger Dean...has built a futuristic bubble of a house that he hopes will sweep England. [images]- New York Times

Designer for Akron Art Museum honored: fourth annual MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program - Tom Wiscombe/Coop Himmelb(l)au/EMERGENT- Beacon Journal (Ohio)

Mosaic pieced together artfully: Gaudi's Café Mosaic- Budapest Sun

Tradition and Innovation in Sustainable Design: EHDD Architecture: The legacy of Joseph Esherick- ArchNewsNow

Saved or Destroyed? The Noguchi Room at Keio University, Tokyo [images]- ArchNewsNow


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