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Today's News - August 13, 2003

A model subdivision turns 50. -- Building big in Beijing: "one important factor is absent during the reconstruction of space -- humans!" -- Curbing building collapses in South Africa. -- Tribe and architect at odds over casino hotel. -- Fresh talent added to Boston's post-Big Dig parks project. -- A blue ribbon program for old Pabst Brewery. -- St. Louis performing arts center gets four stars. -- Four-star theater, designed with a French accent, planned for Bahrain. -- The unlikely star behind BBC Restoration series. -- Preservation projects face lime quarry quandary. -- Moskva hotel future muddled and mysterious, but interior treasures are up for grabs. -- British movie house salvation, and "an architect who writes on issues of urban chaos" issues a call to save a New Delhi cinema treasure. -- A "lumen guru" gives low marks to highway lighting in India. -- A hot list of hot firms. -- "Sometimes referred to as the Beatles of architecture," Archigram exhibit opens in Poughkeepsie. -- "Grave in public places": Inigo Jones bio

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Mother of all subdivisions turns 50: Don Mills...became the standard by which developers both in Canada and all over the world designed towns and cities. - Macklin Hancock- Town Crier (Canada)

Building a new Beijing from scratch: ...spatial change, apart from the notorious Chinese characteristic of destroying historic buildings, all the imagination about modernization is Western.- Taipei Times

Few Measures to Curb Collapse of Buildings [in South Africa]: Much of the problem due to ...fast-tracking...cutting costs...and adversarial relationship between the service providers- BusinessDay (Johannesburg)

Mohegan Tribe Sues Chief Hotel Architect: Claims Breach Of Contract, Negligence - Kohn Pedersen Fox; DeSimone Consulting Engineers- The Day (Connecticut)

Wharf District design team adds talent: criticized for its lackluster designs for post-Big Dig parks - EDAW- Boston Globe

Hoping to Revitalize Milwaukee: sprawling historic but long-vacant Pabst Brewery...being developed into a residential and entertainment complex - Sandvick Architects; Eppstein Uhen Architects- New York Times

UMSL's performing arts center performs like a star at unveiling: resolutely modernist...there is a sleek grandeur. - Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; The Wischmeyer Architects; Kirkegaard & Associates; Theatre Projects Consultants- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Plans finalised for BD3 million Bahrain National Theatre: Heritage Village next to the Bahrain National Museum will be demolished - Architecture Studio of Paris- Bahrain Tribune

Restoration drama: A new BBC series asks viewers to vote for the building they think most deserves to be restored....a kind of Big Brother meets the crumbling pile.- Telegraph (UK)

Lime quarry ban threat to historic buildings- Guardian (UK)

Russia's iconic Moskva hotel to be demolished and replaced with own replica: final plan is a muddled compromise...future ownership of the hotel appears mysterious- Knight Ridder

Moskva Hotel's Treasures Up for Grabs: could be the biggest junk giveaway in the city's history...Carpets, sofas, chandeliers, two marble staircases and even the hotel aquarium...- Moscow Times (Russia)

Empire strikes back after losing way: Leicester Square cinema fights off rundown image to restore the glamour to movie-going - Thomas Lamb; Frank Matcham- Guardian (UK)

Take over Chanakya cinema but protect it: a symbol of a unique style in contemporary Indian architecture of the early sixties. By Sudhir Vohra- Indian Express (Bombay)

Lessons in lighting: New York’s lumen guru had Alpana Chowdhury/Available Light all charged after a presentation in Mumbai- Business Standard (India)

The Zweig Letter 100 Hot Firm 2003 Winners- ZweigWhite

Exhibition: Architecture's wild side revealed: "Archigram & After: The Conceptual Architecture of Michael Webb" [images]- Poughkeepsie Journal (NY)

Book Review: Inigo Jones biography: The architect once remarked that a house should be like a man – inwardly "free and sometimes licentiously flying out", but grave in public places.- Telegraph (UK)

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


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