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Today's News - October 22, 2003

A grand vision for transit hub at Ground Zero. -- Architect exits the scene of Covent Garden Ring cycle. -- Disney Hall continues to hit all the right notes (and no charge for LA Times!). -- Debate continues about Moscow's building boom. -- An old factory to become a new neighborhood. -- GSA Design Excellence Program seeking fresh talent. -- Newsweek's first-ever issue devoted to design and its "fresh life-affirming spirit." -- A treasure restored as corporate HQ. -- French architect takes on house design in Seoul. -- FLW inspires Habitat for Humanity homes. -- Superman honors super architect. -- A Laotian architect thrives in Rhode Island.

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An Architect's Grand Vision for a Trade Center Transit Hub - Santiago Calatrava, STV Group, DMJM & Harris/Downtown Design Partnership- New York Times

Architect exits stage design: Daniel Libeskind...was to design a new production at Covent Garden of Wagner's Ring cycle...has now withdrawn- Guardian (UK)

Internationally acclaimed Gehry may finally win respect in his hometown for Disney Concert Hall. By Ann Jarmusch- San Diego Union-Tribune

Reflection of the city around it: Frank Gehryís Walt Disney Concert Hall is a powerful and madly exuberant work...a powerful work of social commentary. By Nicolai Ouroussoff- Los Angeles Times

New Moscow's Architecture: Harmony Or Cacophony? Muscovites ...satisfied with their present life...critics of the present-day capital contend that dozens of architectural treasures ...have been destroyed- Pravda (Russia)

Relic Gets New Life in Makeover: plan to transform the entire 150-acre, mostly desolate, site in Wood-Ridge, N.J. into a new neighborhood with the 2-million-square-foot Curtiss-Wright factory at its core. - Duany Plater-Zyberk- New York Times

GSA Design Excellence Program announces long-term contract for creative design practices- General Services Administration (GSA)

Design 2004: Meet the Titans of Taste: Itís not about the glass is half full or half emptyóitís about the glass itself. Six experts tell us why - Michael Van Valkenburgh; Murray Moss; Paul Thompson/Cooper-Hewitt; Alice Rawsthorn/Design Museum of London; Rob Forbes/Design Within Reach; Paola Antonelli, Terence Riley/MoMA- Newsweek

The McMansion Next Door: Why the American house needs a makeover- Newsweek

The Gospel of Richard: Richard Koshalek wants to beef up the Art Center College of Design's social agenda and make the school a 21st century Bauhaus...tear down the ivory tower- Newsweek

Reinventing Everyday Life: At this cutting-edge firm, designís not just about widgetry anymore - David Kelley/IDEO- Newsweek

Cityscapes: A Walking Tour: Newsweek looks beyond museums to find great design on the streets of eight international cities. - Marc Newson; Herzog & de Meuron; Rem Koolhaas; Frank Gehry; Wood + Zapata; etc.- Newsweek

MBNA pays homage to the past: Restored Public Building [Palmer & Hornbostel, 1916] in Wilmington to become headquarters - Homsey Architects [image]- Delaware News Journal

French Architect Launches Designer Homes: ...no doubt be a welcome departure from the thousands of identical high-rise apartments which populate the metropolis of Seoul. - Philippe Starck/Yoo-K- Korea Times

Habitat for Humanity: Associates from Wright's Taliesin help build home- Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

Michael Graves to be Honored by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation At 13th Annual 'A Magical Evening' Gala November 24- Yahoo News

Laotian building a future in Rhode Island - Thongkhoun "Thomas" Pathana/That Architects; DP Evers Architecture- Providence Journal

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


-- 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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