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Today's News - November 12, 2003

Editor's note: There will not be a newsletter tomorrow, November 13…we'll be back on Friday.

Women in architecture building up. -- Competition for affordable housing in Aqaba. -- McMansions eating up open spaces. -- Appreciating the adobe architecture of West Africa. -- A call for architects - not junior engineers - to approve building plans in New Delhi. -- Honoring a long-forgotten Manhattan master planner. -- Architecture for fun and learning in San Francisco and Memphis schools. -- Another take on Disney Hall; and the media continue to swoon. -- London's South Bank cultural complex begins much-needed revamp. -- Portland tram plan at the heart of major redevelopment. -- A medical center in Baltimore soars. -- California campus plans a green building. -- One university's loss in another's gain. -- Siza as mentor. -- Architecture for Humanity at MoMA QNS. -- Two films about architects. -- Excerpt from play about architects.

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More Women Design Their Way to the Top: Women are finally making their mark in the manmade world of architecture. By Alex Frangos - Marilyn Jordan Taylor/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Zaha Hadid; Kathryn H. Anthony; Mary-Jean Eastman/Perkins Eastman Architects; Allison G. Williams/Ai Architecture- Wall Street Journal

Aqaba Housing Competition: A Competition for the Design of a Model Water- and Energy-Efficient Low-Income Expandable Housing Unit in Jordan. Registration deadline: November 30- Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE)

"Mansionization" tied to loss of open spaces...according to a new study.- Boston Globe

Mud, glorious mud: They are west Africa's most exciting, ambitious buildings. Some of them have lasted 700 years. And they're made of dirt. By Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

Building design our job: Architects. ...Council of Architecture has proposed that only ‘‘qualified personnel’’ pass building plans in the city.- Delhi Newsline (India)

Honor Andrew Haswell Green! Obscurity has done in a man whose contributions to the [New York City] were truly astonishing.- Gotham Gazette

Simple geometry: Clutching at straws and thin budgets, Michael Olexo tries to invigorate public education through architecture [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Architecture can be fun: Pros guide students through design basics for pair of competitions - Lynn Burke/McGehee Nicholson Burke Architects; Tracy Sigmon; Memphis AIA- Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

Reading specs for Tyson: the Hayward Gallery jump-starts London's South Bank revamp. By Hugh Pearman - Haworth Tompkins; Dan Graham [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Fantasyland for the Philharmonic: The exterior of Disney Hall will always seem dreamlike, irrational, antigravity. By David Littlejohn - Frank Gehry- Wall Street Journal

Over the Moon Apple: The media are in a swoon over Frank Gehry's Disney Hall- The Atlantic

Tram planner will roll out an overview of the project: ...linchpin to a $1.9 billion development deal - Sarah Graham-Angelil/Graham/Pfenninger/Scholl- The Oregonian

A light touch: Soaring new atrium caps off $218 million project and lets light shine on the University of Maryland Medical Center - Perkins and Will; Kohn Pedersen Fox [image]- Baltimore Sun

Humboldt State University unveils building plans: plenty of space, environmentally sustainable design and the blessing of its neighbors - Yost Grube Hall Architecture [image]- Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)

Stanford University’s architect departs for University of Virginia - David Neuman- Stanford Daily (California)

Alvaro Siza completes year as a Rolex Mentor: protégé was Jordanian architect Sahel Al-Hiyari- AbsoluteArts

Conversations with Contemporary Artists @ The Museum of Modern Art QNS. November 14: Architecture for Humanity Presented by Founder Cameron Sinclair- Architecture for Humanity

Film Review: Full Houses: And the stories of the men building them. "My Architect: A Son’s Journey"
Directed by Nathaniel Kahn; "A House on a Hill" Directed by Chuck Workman
- New York Press

Excerpt: "Private Jokes, Public Places," a Shavian satire [by Oren Safdie] of contemporary architecture at the Theater at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.- New York Times


-- RIAS Award for Best Building in Scotland: An Turas, Tiree - Sutherland Hussey Architects, with Jake Harvey, Glen Onwin, Donald Urquhart & Sandra Kennedy
-- Exhibition: Museums for a New Millennium, Miami Art Museum
-- Benson & Forsyth: Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
-- Book: "Eichler: Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream" By Paul Adamson & Marty Arbunich


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