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Today's News - December 1, 2003

ArcSpace takes us to France, New York, and Seattle. -- WTC memorial finalists' designs are judged (mostly none too kindly); questions about their feasibility; and future implications of the technology used to "fly through" the designs. -- There is much to be learned from an old planned town. -- An interview with DOCOMOMO's majordomo. -- Prefab housing that is "ruggedly handsome." -- To save power, a Chinese city will cut power at least once a week. -- Toronto airport ready for take-off (and ready for Christmas shopping season?). -- St. Louis museum "issues a provocative challenge to the reigning idea that today's museums have to be spectacular icons." -- National Gallery of Victoria sets a global standard. -- In Chicago, high-priced no-view space, but lavish architectural details. -- The Smithsons: "…post-war masters of architectural hype" and one of "the trendiest design couples in Britain." -- Another son of an architect reveals his father's foibles. -- New online resource for building green. -- Artists explore office life.

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-- Jean Nouvel: Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum, Périgueux, France
-- SAANA/Kazuvo Sejima/Ryue Nishizawa: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City
-- Allied Works: Seattle Art Museum Expansion
-- Book: Morphosis By Thom Mayne

 Busyness Engulfs Hallowed Ground: ...winning designs are oddly uniform...many of them combine the charm of Trump Tower with the gigantic banality of a suburban corporate headquarters. By Susan Cheever- NY Newsday

WTC Memorial Must Inspire on Many Levels: Eventually, the magic of the place will have to hold its own in the absence of rhetoric, fear or personal loss. By Justin Davidson- NY Newsday

Memories: Every one of the final schemes...is intelligent and fairly sophisticated, but...could be commemorating any sadness...and most of them have the bland earnestness of a well-designed public plaza. By Paul Goldberger- New Yorker

Unbearable Lightness of Memory: The eight designs for a memorial at ground zero...have taken the heaviest event in modern American history and made the lightest memorials. By Maureen Dowd- New York Times

Behind Beauty of 9/11 Designs, Devil May Be in Nuts and Bolts: Engineers and architects...have already examined the eight memorial proposals...to determine whether they are even feasible.- New York Times

Taking the Memorial Designs for a Test Drive: ...the animations released last week are, in some ways, most significant in their implications for the future...for the entire process of designing and planning cities. By James Sanders- New York Times

They don't make them like they used to: Letchworth had good homes, churches, libraries, a corset factory... today's new towns don't even get a railway. By Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

Save It for Later: DOCOMOMO majordomo Theodore Prudon is fighting to preserve America's Modern Architectural heritage.- Metropolis Magazine

Usefulness of prefab shouldn't be overlooked: ...a ruggedly handsome slab of housing with 27 single-occupancy units in it will be manufactured and assembled at an Ontario factory. - Levitt Goodman Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, China, to cut electricity one day out of four to save power (AP)- Environmental News Network

Ready for takeoff: With Pearson [International Airport] pushed to capacity in '90s, officials could have merely tinkered. Instead, they embarked on $4.4 billion bid - Moshe Safdie; David Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- Toronto Star

21st century travel: Think shopping: Toronto's new $4.5-billion Pearson airport...looks less like a place of travel than a shopping mall. By Christopher Hume - Moshe Safdie; David Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- Toronto Star

St. Louis museum eschews grandiose: Designer instead opts for clean sophistication: ...fusion of space, structure and materials... By Blair Kamin - Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture- Chicago Tribune

Quite the place to see pictures: A new-look gallery and its bigger art collection set a global standard at the National Gallery of Victoria - Mario Bellini [image]- Sydney Morning Herald

Rooms without a view: to compensate for the lack of views...spent lavishly [on] architectural details reminiscent of a vintage Parisian estate. - Lucien Lagrange- Crain's Chicago Business

Meet the Smithsons: separating the hype from reality. Should Alison and Peter Smithson have stuck to talking? ...were one of the trendiest design couples in Britain. Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com

The master builder: Sir Denys Lasdun...was one of the most celebrated and controversial figures in British architecture. His son, the poet James Lasdun, reveals that the pioneering designer...suffered from severe depression and was haunted by anxiety about his reputation- Guardian (UK)

BuildingGreen Launches Suite of Online Information Resources: ...integrated information for work on LEED™-registered and other green projects.- BuildingGreen


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