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Today's News - October 20, 2003

An architect - and a mounse - as city builders: whoever didn't file from Los Angeles over the weekend will surely do so throughout the week. -- Speaking of city building: With such a rich architectural heritage, why is Delhi so ugly? - Aga Khan Award for Architecture as cultural bridge builder. -- Lessons to be learned from Washington, DC's grid. -- Toronto university's role as city builder. -- Hartford's big plans for brownfield starting to blossom. -- Oh yes…the tallest building in the world topped off. -- A sexy opera house in Tenerife. -- A wondrous window to sculpture in Dallas. -- An airy library in Colorado. -- Music to the eyes in Baltimore. -- Honors abound in Dubai.

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-- Opening: Frank O. Gehry & Partners: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
-- Tadao Ando Architects: Sayamaike Historical Museum, Osaka, Japan
-- Book: The Grand Tour: Travelling the World with an Architect's Eye By Harry Seidler

 Frank Gehry's Rhapsody in Steel: Disney Hall...Is a Design Virtuoso: ...gentle beauty...surprisingly -- sort of sneaks up on you. - By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

On Disney and Beyond: Will the New Concert Hall Steal the Spotlight or Illuminate Downtown? By Sam Hall Kaplan - Frank Gehry- LA Downtown News

Disney Hall's Nearly Unfinished Symphony: The Venue's Evolution Was a Piece of Work, in Six Distinct Movements; The Road Ahead: With Disney Hall Set to Open, Grand Avenue Still Faces an Uncertain Future...and more- LA Downtown News

L.A. all ears for Disney: New concert hall a sensuous spectacle...What doesn't change, unfortunately, is the barren scene around it. By John King [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Disney Hall's Wild Ride: A new cultural landmark: "Over time, it will be to Los Angeles what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris and what Big Ben is to London." - Frank Gehry- San Diego Union-Tribune

Can Delhi be Rome, Berlin or Bilbao: With it’s fine Moghul monuments and elegant Lutyens buildings it certainly has the potential, say experts...Why is our city so ugly?- Times of India

Lowering The Veil: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture plays a critical role in helping Muslim countries connect to the West. [images]- Metropolis Magazine

Washington's Enhanced Grid Pattern Makes City One of a Kind: ...continues to be one of the world's great urban design experiments... By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

Design gets University of Toronto and city reacquainted: ...transformed a simple building project into an exercise in city building. By Christopher Hume - Zeidler Grinnell Partnership; saucier + perrotte- Toronto Star

$870 Million Development Under Way in Hartford: - Adriaen's Landing replaces a brownfield site with...a convention center, a hotel and a retail-entertainment-apartment complex. - Ken Greenberg- New York Times

Taiwan Boasting World's Tallest Building (AP) - C.Y. Lee and Partners [slide show]- Yahoo News

Sun, sangria and sexy architecture: Auditorio de Tenerife has all the hallmarks of a modern signature building. - Santiago Calatrava- Financial Times (UK)

Piano's concerto: Renowned architect Renzo Piano provides a wondrous window into the world of modern sculpture: Nasher Sculpture Center [images]- Star-Telegram (Dallas/Ft. Worth)

Light Reading: Antoine Predock brings airy Southwest aestheic to a stunning new $20 million library perched on a bluff overlooking downtown Pueblo [image]- Denver Post

Exterior work capped off, literally, with event: halfway point for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's new center - William Rawn Associates; Grimm + Parker- Baltimore Sun

Award-winning Iraqi architect takes Architecture+Cityscape honour: Dr. Mohamed Makiya has been given the 'Lifetime Achievement Award.' Also winners: W. S. Atkins; Fosters and Partners; Kate Otten Architects; LAB Architects; Lina Ahmed/aspiring architect award- AME Info (United Arab Emirates)


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