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Today's News - December 9, 2003

Sorkin assails the "construction of an architectural zoo on hallowed ground" at Ground Zero. -- Was it architectural politics-as-usual? -- Affordable housing with heart, history - and bamboo. -- Brownfield information seminars tour Canada. -- Vancouver's tallest tower promises trees, church restoration, and affordable housing funds. -- St. Louis stadium much less promising. -- A Venice opera house burned and restored. -- Columbus, Indiana, as architectural bastion of starchitects - commissioned long before they were stars. -- Urbane India likes "me-spaces" (bathroom doors not necessarily required). -- Awards abound for Long Island and New Jersey architects and projects. -- 'Tis the season: two book review roundups are enjoyable reads themselves. -- HelloWorld project lighting up global landmarks this week (be sure to visit the HelloWorld site - link included).

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Last Chance To Save Ground Zero: ...stop the demeaning arrogance of business-as-usual and the construction of an architectural zoo on this hallowed ground. By Michael Sorkin- The Architect's Newspaper

Libeskind Pushed Ground Zero Smear-O: ...launched a political-style...campaign against a rival design team... - Gary Hack- NY Post

10 habitats with heart in West Seattle: Architects design with humanity and modern beauty in mind - Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects [images]- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Students present study on American dream: Group used work to help low-income families own homes...created new housing designs by studying the first suburb created in America.- Ball State University Daily News

Bamboo Dancers: Swimming against the tide...focus design practice on bamboo architecture and low-cost housing alternatives - Rosario Encarnacion Tan- Philippine Daily Inquirer

Report: Rethinking Local Affordable Housing Strategies: Lessons from 70 Years of Policy and Practice- Brookings Institute

Report: Vacating the City: An Analysis of New Homes vs. Household Growth- Brookings Institute

Latest stadium designs leave no room for future: an architectural solution tired before the first shovel goes into the ground. By Robert W. Duffy - HOK Sport- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Operatic phoenix rises from the ashes: After almost eight years since a fire burnt it to the ground, Venice's La Fenice opera house has been lovingly restored to its former glory - Aldo Rossi- Guardian (UK)

A Farmland Showcase for Modern Architecture: J. Irwin Miller Miller made remote little Columbus [Indiana] into a Mecca of modern architecture, on a par with Chicago, Brasília or any other metropolis. - I. M. Pei; Robert A. M. Stern; Venturi; Roche; Pelli; Meier; Saarinen; Birkerts; etc., etc., etc.- New York Times

Sculpture in Square Feet: Within four walls and a door, there’s a whole new world. Urbane India gets home chic - Bipin Shah; Jayant Dharap; Shahrukh Mistry [images]- Indian Express (Bombay)

Awards for Local Library Addition, House and Store: AIA Long Island Chapter Archi awards- New York Times

Innovative School Buildings Win: AIA New Jersey Chapter Design Awards:- New York Times

Book Review: The essential architecture books right now, plus one to treat with caution. By Hugh Pearman- HughPearman.com (UK)

Book Review: Higher and Higher: What tall buildings do. ...All these books help explain why we have tall buildings, but why is it that we like them?- New Yorker

Go Tell It on the Mountain: During U.N. tech summit, 500-foot-tall messages submitted over the Web from anyone...will be projected by lasers at four global landmarks, including New York's U.N. building.- Wired

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


-- 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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