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Today's News - October 21, 2003

Los Angeles isn't the only city counting on culture to revive urban centers: Toronto's new opera house and a new home for Detroit Symphony bode well for both cities. -- The "creative class" is the ticket to urban health. -- Disney Hall's epic architecture (and $billion+) will create L.A.'s downtown. -- The opera house that started it all. -- A tell-all ('er…"memoir") about WTC redevelopment: it's all in the timing. -- WTC building plan should be about collaboration (that would be nice!). -- Architects "need to band together now, link arms and rally for a final stand, raise our voices as one…It's too quiet out there." -- War on sprawl hits a wall. -- Battles over high-rise boom and low-income housing. -- Wanted: ideas for NYC housing and redeveloping a Hudson River pier. -- Taiwanese literature has a grand home. -- A look at the playful side of the Bauhaus. -- A shortlist show in Buffalo. -- Design Excellence Essay Competition: time to dust off the keyboards.

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Urban Aria: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Diamond and Schmitt Architects [images]- ArchNewsNow

Cities thrive on "creative class": Gays, bohemians are indicators of urban health...Places with energy, life draw people. By Christopher Hume - Richard Florida- Toronto Star

Detroit Symphony listens to its audience: $125 million gamble...by making the [orchestra] an agent of renewal and civic pride. - Diamond and Schmitt Architects- Toronto Star

Epic Architecture: How a once-stalled Frank Gehry project became one of his triumphs. By Christopher Hawthorne [images]- Slate

Can the Disney Hall Help Give Los Angeles a Genuine Downtown? ...the hall, coupled with a planned $1.25 billion downtown development...finally...a city center.- New York Times

Sydney's icon celebrates without hero of grand design: Architect comes out of retirement to shape Opera House's future - Joern Utzon; Jan Utzon; Richard Johnson- Guardian (UK)

Cashing In On Sept. 11: Daniel Libeskind wants to time the release of his memoir to the third anniversary...promises to "provide key insider information not available elsewhere about the World Trade Center reconstruction process."- NY Post

Jill Lerner '76 Discusses WTC Building Plan: the significance of collaboration between different disciplines in the design of urban architectural projects - Kohn Pedersen Fox; Daniel Libeskind; New York New Visions- Cornell Daily Sun

Put a Cork In It: How has the AIA's New York chapter chosen to inaugurate its new space? Hold your ears. By Philip Nobel- Metropolis Magazine

War on Sprawl in New Jersey Hits a Wall: BIG map (Blueprint for Intelligent Growth) politically fraught when...telling builders where to build, towns how to zone, and residents where they can live.- New York Times

Rush Street rising: Worries of high-rise boom abound: ...pace has exploded of late, driven by...the return of well-to-do suburban empty-nesters to the downtown.- Crain's Chicago Business

A showdown brews in Joliet: at odds over low-income housing: Urban eyesore or essential shelter?- Crain's Chicago Business

New Housing, New York National Design Ideas Competition. Registration deadline: December 15- New Housing, New York

Request for Expressions of Interest: Pier 57 development - Hudson River Park, Manhattan. Deadline: January 20, 2004- Hudson River Park Trust

Putting local literature in its place: National Museum of Taiwanese Literature (Moriyama Matsunosuke, 1916): NT$1.1 billion in order to transform the decades-old building into an eye-catching piece of architecture [images]- Taipei Times

Out of the box: Bauhaus was all about simplicity and economy. Or was it? Jonathan Glancey on the photographs that reveal its playful side- Guardian (UK)

"Mori on Wright: Designs for Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Visitors' Center" at Albright-Knox Art Gallery...includes finalists - Office dA; Schwartz Silver Architects; Brian Healy Architects; Architectural Research Office- Buffalo News

6th Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence Essay Competition. Deadline: December 10- Berkeley Prize

-- 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
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