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Today's News - September 25, 2003

We lose an advocate of civic design. -- Duany offers principles for architects (comments at the end are worth a look as well). -- Vancouver is a model of good urbanism. -- New communities that are not (sub)urban blights (Atlanta Station leads the lists). -- Themed communities not all they're cracked up to be. -- Taking back the streets. -- The "aerotropolis" as new city. -- NYC launches Olympic Village and green building competitions. -- Hopes grow ever higher for the High Line. -- Is there any hope for London's "dead pig"? -- Off-campus buildings that make good neighbors. -- Subtle design changes for Boston museum praised. -- Tribute to a masterful engineer. -- Broadening horizons in Budapest. -- Three names to banter about at cocktail parties.

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Obituary: Simon Breines, 97, Architect and a Critic of Hurried Projects- New York Times

Op-Ed:Principles Essential To The Renewal of Architecture: 41 principles for architects to live by. By Andrés Duany- PLANetizen

Vancouver's street smarts: Toronto could use some lessons in city planning...and it need look no farther than the West Coast for a model of urbanism. By Lisa Rochon- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Work has its place at Front Street, a Ladera Ranch, Calif., neighborhood where home-based businesses are not only encouraged--they've been designed into the plans. - Bassenian/Lagoni Architects [images]- Builder Online

Home Is Sweet for Mixed-Use Facilities: Facility executives and city officials realize financial and aesthetic benefits of resurrecting downtown properties into office, retail and residential buildings- Building Operating Management

21st Century City: Atlanta developers remodel downtown for the modern age- Financial Times (UK)

Emperor's new clothes: Themed visions for towns and cities are the latest idea in regeneration. But the visions do not stand up to scrutiny - Will Alsop Architects- Guardian (UK)

Back on the block: Streets are being redesigned to revive communities and get people out of their homes.- Guardian (UK)

New 'cities' springing up around many U.S. airports: The vision is an "aerotropolis"...- USA Today

City Plans Design Competition for a 2012 Olympic Village: 4,400 units of housing on more than 36 acres at Queens West- New York Times

Green building competition...showcase for how “green” building principles can be incorporated into existing properties and new construction.- Crain's New York

City announces High Line plan: ...refashioning the old railway into an elevated promenade park.- Crain's New York

A dream that lies derelict: Battersea Power Station is the great white elephant gracing London's skyline...Can this dead pig of a building at the southern end of Chelsea Bridge be made to fly? By Jay Merrick - Sir Philip Dowson; Sir Nicholas Grimshaw- Independent (UK)

Learning their lessons in building off campus: ...too many treat the adjacent neighborhoods as dumping grounds of bad design...two recent off-campus buildings...buck the trend should be encouraged. By John King - Architectural Resources Group; Mark Horton/Architecture- San Francisco Chronicle

Public praise greets Museum of Fine Arts' new plans: subtle but substantial changes - Norman Foster- Boston Globe

Irish engineer who revolutionised modern architecture: What a first job for Peter Rice...working on the Sydney Opera House...tracing his profound influence on modern building.- Irish Times (via Archeire.com)

Capitalizing on work in Budapest - Paul Woods/JW Design- Budapest Sun

Total Cocktail Party Dominance: Architecture: ...three who are changing the world — and why you should know them. - Daniel Libeskind; Norman Foster; David Rockwell- Fortune


- Inauguration: Frank O. Gehry: Maggie's Centre, Dundee, Scotland
- Construction start: Diller + Scofido: Quadrant House, Phoenix, Arizona
- The Camera: Photo Essay by Gerald Zugmann: The Brion Tomb by Carlo Scarpa
- Exhibition: Schindler's Paradise: Architectural Resistance, MAK Center, Los Angeles


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