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Today's News - December 2, 2003

Another challenge to the WTC memorial jury. -- WTC and 2 Columbus Circle as symbols of Cold War. -- Wolfe likes 2 Columbus Circle the way it is. -- Architects from U.K. and Tokyo take on housing design in New York conference. -- Ipswich, U.K. on the map with innovative urban renovation. -- Battling sprawl in Baton Rouge. -- "Green" architecture: Selling the "message is that architects are no longer obsessed with form. They are here to help." -- Green roofs begin to sprout everywhere. -- Starchitects dazzle in Beijing. -- "Leave it to an outsider to perk things up" in Chicago. -- High praise for museums reworked, salvaged, and restored in Australia, US, and Italy. -- A luxury hotel for Louisville. -- NY Times Magazine is all about inspiration, from chairs to cellphone towers. -- Betsky in Dublin this week. -- Damora on view at Yale. -- A Philadelphia architect in Dhaka.

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New York New Visions: Open Letter to the [WTC] Memorial Competition Jury: ...plans presented to the public are lacking in emotion and variety.- e-Oculus

How 2 Columbus Circle Saved the World: It and the World Trade Center embodied Cold War ideology. - Minoru Yamasaki; Edward Durell Stone; Brad Cloepfil- Wall Street Journal

Author Tom Wolfe Admires Huntington Museum - Edward Durell Stone (AP)- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Conference: "How Does Housing Design Matter?" December 5 in New York City - Thomas Daniell/FOBA architects; Will Alsop/Alsop Architects; Stephen Proctor/Proctor and Matthews Architects; etc- Architectural League of New York

Innovative approach to urban renovation...springing up in a building bonanza...is putting Ipswich on the map in so many ways. - Barefoot and Gilles- East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

Developers seek community input on 'neighborhood' plan: ...trying to address Baton Rouge's sprawl problems. - Steven Oubre/Architects Southwest- The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Healthy building syndrome: Is today's vogue for "green architecture" a veritable revolution, or just feel-good hype? The best in the field -- Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier -- manage to create environmentally sensitive buildings that are also aesthetically ambitious.- Boston Globe

Rooftop gardens would beautify, cool inner city - Goss Piercy-Goss Architecture; Cope Associates- Knoxville News-Sentinel

Star architects eye Beijing skyline: ...a new generation of city planners have stacked juries in hopes of landing brand names. - Herzog + de Meuron; Paul Andreu; Rem Koolhaas; Norman Foster (Reuters)- CNN

Dutch architect helps transform Chicago campus: Jahn and Koolhaas have shown how Modernist design can work beautifully on a college campus... It's an encouraging message. By Steven Litt -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

National Gallery of Victoria: reworked the masterpiece...with great skill and sensitivity. By Norman Day - Roy Grounds; Mario Bellini; Metier 3 [images]- The Age (Australia)

Mill City visitors will find splendor amid the ruins: Tom Meyer...isn't French, isn't famous and doesn't have a star-status ego. And his design for the Minnesota Historical Society museum...is so subtle that most visitors won't even think about the architect. That's a measure of its triumph.- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Some E.R.! A medieval hospital in Siena, Italy, that is filled with frescoes and priceless archaeological pieces is being converted into a museum complex. [images]- New York Times

Luxury hotel slated for Seventh and Main: Project will include art museum - Deborah Berke & Partners; K. Norman Berry Associates- Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

-- Inspiration: Where Does It Come From? The most impressive designs are those that seem naturally right, unimprovable, inevitable. - Raymond Loewy; Future Systems
-- The Seeds of Inspiration - Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker [slide show]
-- A Machine for Sitting: Interview with Niels Diffrient
-- The Height of Ingenuity: The problem: designing a cellphone tower that isn't an eyesore. Here are some solutions. [images]
-- Building a Better Bra Shop - IDEO
- New York Times Magazine

Tegral Critics Lecture - Aaron Betsky, Director, Netherlands Design Institute. December 4 in Dublin- Archeire.com

"Robert Damora: 70 Years of Total Architecture": ...exhibition of the work of photographer, journalist and exploratory architect- Yale Daily News

A Philadelphia architect in Dhaka: a conversation between Nathaniel Kahn and Kazi K. Ashraf - Louis I. Kahn- Daily Star (Bangladesh)


-- 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


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