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Today's News - November 24, 2003

WTC memorial finalists: more analysis (as expected). -- Smart Growth Achievement Awards. -- Communities win grants and could be next year's winners. -- Cleveland has high hopes for its own waterfront. -- Building, architects, and accountability in New Delhi. -- Mediocre hospital design in the U.K. -- Modernism isn't winning at 2 Columbus Circle - or in Sarasota. -- Foreign Office Architects eat cake. - Foster & Partners fosters energy conservation - and pickles. -- A magical house of experimentation: "walk up the caterpillar and through the chrysalis in the lobby." -- Mies's Farnsworth House still making news. -- Bricks and stones that stretch and dance. -- "My Architect" takes reviewer home. -- 'Tis the season of name-brand architects.

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Are Memorial Designs Too Complex to Last? ...two-dozen American architects reached for comment- New York Times

Gentle Waters, Reflecting This City? They have light, air, water and greenery. What the eight designs for the World Trade Center memorial do not have is a feeling of New York.- New York Times

The Eight Design Finalists Provide a Blueprint for Compromise: ...memorial plans "will have to evolve in one way or another"- New York Times

2003 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement Announced [links to winners/images]- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

25 Community Partnerships receive $200,000 grants to address community design, land use, transportation, architecture, trails, parks and other issues that influence healthier lifestyles.- Active Living by Design

Some exciting proposals come washing ashore: Cleveland...has an idealistic design community ...share their visions for the future of the city's lakefront. By Steven Litt- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Opinion: MCD or not, building should be a job left to experts: ...involving architects in the process of the proposed reforms...[will] bring in accountability, which is missing.- Delhi Newsline (India)

Architects slate 'mediocre' hospitals: Designs for the buildings seriously lack quality and imagination says report [link to images]- Guardian (UK)

A Building's Bold Spirit, Clad in Marble and Controversy: The legendarily exotic building now facing renovation at 2 Columbus Circle should be valued for its independent spirit. By Herbert Muschamp - Edward Durell Stone; Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture; Zaha Hadid- New York Times

Battle on the beach [in Sarasota]: Paul Rudolph Modernism vs. Mediterranean Revival...modern hasn't been winning.- Sarasota Herald-Tribune

At home with Foreign Office Architects: what animals are they breeding today? By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Conserving Everyone's Energy but His Own: ...Foster & Partners have turned technological bravura to a more explicitly social agenda: energy conservation.- Norman Foster; Ken Shuttleworth [images]- New York Times

A 40-Story Pickle Commandeers London's Skyline - Foster & Partners [image]- New York Times

Could the Butterfly House take off? ...one of the most surreal homes...an artwork, a laboratory for architectural experimentation... By Jonathan Glancey - Laurie Chetwood [image]- Guardian (UK)

An architectural icon up for auction: When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's client complained about too little closet space, his solution was simple - buy fewer clothes - Farnsworth House- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Carving New Roles For Stone and Bricks: "Masonry Variations," a venturesome exhibition at the National Building Museum...bricks and stones not asked the ordinary... By Benjamin Forgey - Stanley Tigerman; Carlos Jimenez; Jeanne Gang; Julie Eizenberg; Winka Dubbeldam- Washington Post

Finding Dhaka in New York: "My Architect" a poignant...documentary on the architect of our National Assembly complex: Louis Kahn- The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Selling What's In a Name: In a star-struck era, nothing sells like celebrity itself. By Linda Hales - Frank O. Gehry; Philippe Starck; Eames- Washington Post

INSIGHT: The Might-Have-Been Memorial. By Fred Bernstein- ArchNewsNow


-- Competition winner: Zaha Hadid: High Speed Station, Napoli Afragola, Italy
-- Competition winner: NACO/Foster and Prtners/Arup: Beijing Capital Airport, China
-- Book: "The Architecture of Fumihiko Maki: Space, City, Order and Making" By Jennifer Taylor
-- Book: "Prefab" By Allison Arieff & Bryan Burkhart


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