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Today's News - September 2, 2003

Four interesting takes on the New Ground Zero: Museum of Freedom a political ploy? -- The battle for culture begins. -- Are open competitions really open? -- The invisible architect is really quite visible. -- A U.K. housing study is sure to raise planners' eyebrows. -- New urbanism is a good fit for downtowns. -- Perhaps civic centers are not. -- Several million square meters of new office space in Moscow will be very smart. -- Dia:Beacon offers lessons for Cleveland. -- Liverpool possible World Heritage site. -- Birmingham, U.K. department store astonishes. -- An architectural marriage made in heaven goes to you-know-where. -- An impressive shortlist for a pedestrian bridge in Scotland. -- Museum firsts in North Carolina and New Zealand. -- Target offers high-style prefabs. -- An architecture professor turned crime novelist writes a real page-turner (some characters may sound familiar). -- A "lively little book" about L'Enfant.

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The New Ground Zero: A Dubious Idea of 'Freedom': Museum brochure exposes...the degree to which the ground zero design process has become saturated with political ideology. By Herbert Muschamp- New York Times

The New Ground Zero: The Downtown Culture Derby Begins: ...a new front in the battle over ground zero's future. By Philip Nobel- New York Times

The New Ground Zero: There's Nothing So Closed as an Open Competition. By Edward Wyatt- New York Times

The New Ground Zero: The Invisible Architect. By Julie V. Iovine - David Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- New York Times

Kate Barker's review of housing supply is set to blame planners for policy- audacity.org (UK)

Trend shows city centers changing: "new urbanism" fits the live-work-play lifestyle that urban designers and architects think is helping to save the American downtown from becoming a relic of the past.- Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)

Opinion: L'Enfant Terrible: The Kennedy Center is on track to becoming an urban-planning fiasco. - Rafael Viñoly; David M. Schwarz- Wall Street Journal

Office Space Gets Increasingly 'Smart': offer savings of 60 percent on insurance and 25 percent on energy.- Moscow Times (Russia)

Beacon for art lovers: Dia:Beacon story is particularly apt for Cleveland. By Steven Litt - Open Office; Robert Irwin- Cleveland Plain Dealer

An inspector calls: Liverpool being assessed for World Heritage Site...more important than European Capital of Culture status - Quentin Hughes- icLiverpool (UK)

Top of the blobs: The astonishing new £40m Selfridges building in Birmingham is the shape of things to come. By Jonathan Glancey - Future Systems [image]- Guardian (UK)

Egos deconstruct architects' union: lasted about as long as a Hollywood marriage - DeStefano & Partners; Keating/Khang- Crain's Chicago Business

Rogers and Foster in shortlist to build £40m Clyde bridge...for cyclists and pedestrians: list also includes McKeown Alexander Architects and Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects- The Herald (Scotland)

Dinosaur-sized plan: Museum of Natural Sciences conjures up $92M downtown Raleigh center...hasn't formally hired an architect - E. Verner Johnson & Associates- Triangle Business Journal (North Carolina)

Catlins museum on course: An eco-museum designed by Ian Butcher...will be the first of its kind in New Zealand.- Stuff (New Zealand)

Michael Graves's Modest Little Getaway: high design prefab... By Linda Hales [image]- Washington Post

Crime novel definitely an inside job: In Barry Maitland's new book, idealism and success don't go hand in hand...reflects such tensions as modernism v the gothicky, homespun nature of Gaudi. By Elizabeth Farrelly- Sydney Morning Herald

L'Enfant's Plan Also Included A Peter Principle: ...a lively little book...feisty and informative... By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

INSIGHT: A Story of a Place: Placemaking is the art of architecture connecting spaces to communities. By Alexander Wu- ArchNewsNow


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