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Today's News - December 8, 2003

An Edward Durell Stone for sale (no, not 2 Columbus Circle). -- Opinions abound about WTC memorial finalists (and one quirky alternative). -- A WTC designer passes. -- Farnsworth House heading to Palm Springs? -- It's not the only one in jeopardy. -- Iraq appears open for business; and an appeal to save its cultural heritage. -- City planners need to learn flexibility. -- Foster's Swiss Re: "this is one new building - not a gherkin - that deserves to be relished." -- Two Australian museums and one in Cleveland take it on the chin. -- Alsop doesn't mince words - he chews up peers and planners (and a lot more). -- Architect/educator wins Topaz. -- Market research firm takes feng shui approach. -- A fundraiser and honors for Betsky in Los Angeles this week.

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Modernism for Sale: Richard Mandel House by Edward Durell Stone [images]- ArchNewsNow

Ground Zero's Only Hope: Elitism: ...now that everyone agrees that the ground zero memorial finalists are a disappointment, there's only one thing to do. Throw them all out. By Michael Kimmelman- New York Times

WTC memorial plans inspired by Maya Lin: But finalists don't approach Vietnam wall. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

The Finalist Memorial Plans For Ground Zero: A Conversation With Rick Bell,FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter; Fred Bernstein, Architecture Writer Whose Design Was Picked As A Finalist, But Later Disqualified [transcript]- Gotham Gazette

Where the Buffalo (Might) Roam: A short film by acclaimed director Richard Linklater stars a no-name philosopher with a wild idea for Ground Zero- Newsweek

Obituary: A. Schreier, 72, Helped Design Trade Center- New York Times

Bid to save home falling short: Farnsworth House donations lacking. By Blair Kamin - Mies van der Rohe- Chicago Tribune

Lost houses threaten our past: Three houses in the news lately point up the dangerous path we're on. By Beth Dunlop - Bliss House; Gov. James Cox house/Phineas Paist; Farnsworth House/Mies van der Rohe- Miami Herald

At U.S. Meeting, Iraq Appears Open for Business: There were bankers, architects, lawyers, engineers, real estate developers, insurance agents, construction specialists, transportation experts...- New York Times

99 Conference Participants Sign Letter of Support of Cultural Heritage Preservation in Iraq- Baghdad Museum Project

The Winds of Change: City Planners Need to Practice Flexibility. By Sam Hall Kaplan- LA Downtown News

Space odyssey: From the outside it's sleek as a rocket - but is the Swiss Re tower really as sensational as it looks? By Jonathan Glancey - Foster & Partners [image]- Guardian (UK)

A primal art-space fills in the blanks: Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria has had a revamp but an icon it ain't. By Elizabeth Farrelly - Mario Bellini- Sydney Morning Herald

Row over museum's dream courtyard: An "alienating" public space at the National Museum in Canberra...could cost the Federal Government $10 million. - Richard Weller [image]- The Age (Australia)

Filled with light, [HealthSpace Cleveland] museum lacks joy. By Steven Litt - Bucchieri Architects- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Well built: He detests planners, thinks Bath is boring and says his fellow architects are 'terrible people'. But why does Will Alsop, the man behind some of Britain's most exciting buildings, hate Tate Modern?- Guardian (UK)

Architect and educator, Stanford Anderson [MIT] Awarded 2004 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education- American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Suburban firm plans Chicago HQ: market research firm’s new recruiting strategy — and a little help from the ancient Chinese art of feng shui.- Crain's Chicago Business

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design Honors Aaron Betsky At Fundraiser December 11th- LA Forum


-- 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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