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Today's News - August 21, 2003

A tribute to Ward Bennett and his architecture. -- Four in the running for U.N. expansion. -- New York's waterfront as Venice, Ecotopia, and a Bountiful Triangle. -- Memphis has big plans for its own waterfront. -- Baby boomers and empty nesters shaping mixed-use successes. -- A Texas office park evolves. -- Tourism among the land mines in Cambodia: "The carpenters are still alive, so we can rebuild everything in the same style…" (Khmer Rouge historic preservation…are we the only ones who think it's the ultimate oxymoron?) -- Fallingwater rises again. -- Gehry seems to be hitting all the high notes. -- New museum taking shape on the National Mall. -- Industrial designers take on the blackout. -- Basilica in Budapest shines again.

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Tribute: Ward Bennett Made It Modern [images]- New York Times

An Elite Contest for a Growing U.N.: ...all 23 living winners of the Pritzker Prize [considered]...four architects in the running... By Fred A. Bernstein - Richard Meier; Fumihiko Maki; Norman Foster; Kevin Roche- New York Times

Editorial: Venice in New York: a full-scale investment in New York’s waterfront would benefit everyone.- New York Observer

Ecotopia on the Hudson: Lessons in environmentally friendly living from New York City- Grist Magazine

Will The Bountiful Triangle Return? Reviving New York City Harbor- Gotham Gazette

City Beautiful: In Memphis, Take Me to the River: five finalists in riverfront design competition - Alejandro Martin Dafunchio/Paulo Gaston Flores; EDAW; Mason White/Lola Sheppard; Javier Rivarola/Gustavo Trosman/Ricardo Norton; David Hong [images]- The Slatin Report

Mixed Results for Mixed-Use: Changing demographics...a growing enthusiasm for projects that combine residential and commercial uses.- National Real Estate Investor

A civic center emerges in Plano: Once simply an office park...Legacy 2,665-acre development...has all the attributes of a traditional big-city downtown – without the skyscrapers and with better parking.- Dallas Morning News

Cambodia to restore Khmer Rouge sites: a case of Disneyland meets the killing fields...Ministry of Tourism drawing up grandiose plans [for a] a million-dollar theme park.- International Herald Tribune

Tumbledown Fallingwater Is Shored Up in Pennsylvania: a "built experiment"..."not safe from the day it was built." - Frank Lloyd Wright- Wall Street Journal

A Hollywood Ending for Gehry Music Palace: may give the city not just a cultural lift but a psychological one as well. - Frank Gehry'; Yasuhisa Toyota [slide show]- New York Times

Listening Carefully to Bard College's New Performing Arts Center - Frank Gehry; Yasuhisa Toyota- New York Times

American Indian culture, spirit to infuse new museum: Even the walls will tell tribal stories, history - GBQC Architects- Detroit Free Press

Dim Lights, Bright Ideas: 600 designers and students attending the Industrial Designers Society of America's annual conference...were put on the street for the night — at the mercy of their own designs- New York Times

Restoration period: After 20 years, $17.3 million...St Stephen Basilica restored to its former glory.- Budapest Sun


- Bernard Tschumi: Construction start: New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
- Frank Gehry & Partners/Herbert S. Newman and Partners: University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts at Storrs
- Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture: Paard van Troje (Trojan Horse), Hague, The Netherlands
- Snøhetta: Final design phase: Museum and Hotel, Tafjord, Sunnmøre, Norway
- Santiago Calatrava: Preliminary design: Woodall Rodgers Extension Bridge, Trinity River Corridor Project, Dallas
- Cruz & Ortiz Architects: Final draft: New Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


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