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Today's News - August 6, 2003

Affordable housing in doubt in Lower Manhattan. -- Selling out to the builders in India. -- Finland's model city turns 50. -- Vertical gardens from Babylon to Dubai. -- The good and the bad of gated communities. -- London's Olympic dream is green. -- Light pollution not good for living things. -- Cool British firm making a splash. -- Evian dives into Shanghai with a Graves-designed spa. -- An airport as country lodge. -- Dia:Beacon called "a labyrinth of despair." -- High hopes for New York's High Line. -- Bad feng shui not good for politicians. -- Fendi's "dark store" shines.

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Zero at Ground Zero: City Leaves Key Tribeca Project Unprotected Against Speculators- Village Voice (NYC)

Why buildings build men: The average politician’s notion of nation-building has come to mean selling the nation to the builders.- Business Standard (India)

Espoo's idealistic model city Tapiola [Finland] turns fifty: one of the most well known post-war adaptations of the garden city concept and a model city of its time - Aarne Ervi; Aulis Blomstedt; Alvar Aalto; etc.- Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Top architect to outline his vision of 'Natural Skyscrapers' at Cityscape 2003 - Ken Yeang- AME Info (United Arab Emirates)

Please fence me in: Urban planners and academics are raising questions about the long-term social impact of gated neighborhoods...- Christian Science Monitor

Olympic Games: London's horizon grows: "...transform 1500 acres of the derelict and disadvantaged Lower Lee Valley into a revitalised, sustainable 21st century new urban quarter." - HOK Sport; EDAW- Telegraph (UK)

Astronomer leads fight for ending light pollution in Czech Republic- USA Today

Making a splash: Urban Splash...the UK's coolest property firm- Manchester Online

Evian spa to open in Shanghai - Michael Graves- World Leisure

Pride of Pellston: Air traffic justified a new terminal for Emmet County. The result is a rustic work of art - Mead & Hunt- Detroit Free Press

On Space, Transcendence, and the Dia Beacon: Buildings designated for art on a public scale need a sense of time and history...- NY Arts Magazine

High Line reuse picks up steam: a 1.5-mile-long park...derided as a romantic folly two years ago, appeared last week to be a serious possibility, if not a sure thing.- The Villager (NYC)

German politicians suffer from bad feng shui: parliament's glass dome [image]- CNN

Dark seduction: The new concept Fendi “dark store” in Kuala Lumpur - Claudio Lazzarini; Carl Pickering- The Star (Malaysia)

Housing the Machine: Industrial facilities don't have to be unattractive. - Hillier [images]- ArchNewsNow


- Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen: Summer House, Jutland, Denmark
- Saunders & Wilhelmsen Arkitektur AS: Three Summer Houses: Åland, Finland; Hardanger Fjord, Norway; Rysedalsvika, Norway
- Books: Scandinavian Living By Magnus Englund; Scandinavian Design By Charlotte Fiell & Peter Fiell


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