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Today's News - September 3, 2003

Yesterday he was the "invisible architect," today he's "quiet": "In a world full of imperial egos, Childs comes across as…a virtuoso of compromise and accommodation." -- Libeskind goes on show in Berlin. -- A "self-confessed urbanist…has faith in the cultural impact of well-planned public works" in London. -- Detroit hopes old buildings will attract new life. -- A burst of building in Boston. -- UAE construction plans include Lulu Island and "a Disneyland-style fun city." -- New Urbanists discuss new urbanism and new worlds. -- Lots of pretty words but no pretty pictures of Toronto's Downsview Park - yet. -- A department store's architecture surprises and delights: "looks the way British architecture might have done had the visions of sci-fi comic book artists and film set designers of the 1960s been fulfilled." -- Old hospital to get a new life as art and design school. -- British firms test outsourcing overseas; some say it works. -- Mobile homes and prefab gaining with the upwardly mobile.

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The Skywriter: An architect works quietly to design new WTC Tower - David Childs/Skidmore Owings & Merrill- NY Newsday

Ground Zero architect gets special exhibit: Counterpoint: The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind at the Jewish Museum in Berlin Sept. 10-Dec. 14- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Hoop dreams: Slick railways, fast roads, great architecture... if London hosts the Olympics it may never be the same again. - Richard MacCormac/MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard; EDAW/HOK Sport/Foreign Office- Guardian (UK)

Recognition sought for early auto industry hub: Historians dust off a small section of Detroit that helped shape the world- Detroit Free Press

Around Boston Harbor, a Burst of New Building- New York Times

UAE: Construction Sector Hard at Work: stream of projects represents a major new investment in the UAE's infrastructure and urban fabric.- Zawya.com

Interview: Oh, Those New Urbanists: Georgeen Theodore and Tobias Armborst/Interboro- Village Voice (NYC)

What will Downsview ultimately look like? Done well, it could become a catalyst for a whole new level of development... By Christopher Hume - Bruce Mau; PMA Landscape Architects; Oleson Worland Architects; SNC Lavalin- Toronto Star

Continuing a tradition of standing out: The new Selfridges...in Birmingham...a useful reminder of the power of architecture to surprise and delight. By Edwin Heathcote - Future Systems- Financial Times (UK)

Fresh heir for campus: Once a TB hospital, buildings come alive as art, design school...a master plan by New York architect James Wines is being discussed [image]- Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

Designed by Britain, drawn in Vietnam: a young company intent on persuading the architectural profession in Britain of the benefits of outsourcing work halfway round the world.- The Straights Times (Singapore)

Mobile homes get a makeover: Charter Oak Estates...a genuine architect-designed structure, which aims to turn the usual static caravan park on its head. - Buckley Gray- Financial Times (UK)

Prefab prejudice, prefab promise: Recent interest in affordable, well-designed houses has made architects, builders and home buyers take another look at prefab.- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Little cube on the prairie: opting for prefab construction would save time, money and wear and tear on the environment. - Alchemy Architects [image]- Minneapolis Star Tribune

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


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