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Today's News - December 10, 2003

We'll know next week what the "Freedom Tower" might look like (and it might look vaguely familiar?). - Ground Zero as Architecture Marketing 101. -- A new Twin Tower classic. -- Vancouver towers will pay back city on many levels. -- Building banality in Auckland: another strong opinion, and even a picture (but no architect named). -- A "dumb white box" on Chicago's skyline. -- Judging architecture is a matter of taste in Australia. -- Same for cemetery buildings in Maine. -- New home building in U.K.: "expect taxation and regulation, not innovation and production." -- Canada offers seminars in brownfield development. -- O'er the river on a plastic bridge in New Jersey (we'd like to see what Calatrava could do with all those soda bottles!). -- Fresno goes solar (with a touch of skepticism). -- Shanghai's traffic solution: fewer bikes, more cars (are they serious?!!?). -- Morphosis beats out Zaha Hadid, Kohn Penderson Fox, and Rafael Moneo for Cooper Union project. -- A wine institute for university of California. -- Glenn Murcutt and Charles Jencks voice their concerns about the future of Farnsworth House. -- Art Deco all the rage - and focus of new U.K. TV show (hosted by a thoroughly modern Millie). -- How he got his job.

Editor's note: Thank you for the numerous e-mails regarding yesterday's story about Columbus - Indiana, not Ohio. It was a test…or just not enough java.

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More Revisions in Plans for New York's Tallest Tower: Those who have seen the design...describe a torqued and tapering form culminating in an open-air structure filled with cables, trusses, antennas and windmills... - Daniel Libeskind; David Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Guy Nordenson & Associates- New York Times

Libeskind Plays to the Press: Key elements of Ground Zero plan...were driven as much by questions of how they would play in the media as by aesthetics or architecture, according to the planner's design partner. - Gary Hack- NY Post

Book Review by Martin Filler: Dividing Reality and Myth in the Fate of the Towers: "City in the Sky." Eric Lipton and James Glanz's account of the brief life and tragic death of the World Trade Center is likely to remain a classic.- New York Times

Tallest tower means big payback for city: SKYLINE I Benefits would include 57,000 new trees - Bing Thom; James Cheng [images]- Vancouver Sun

Commentary: Back to the future a strange concept in 21st-century city: ...a large new building on the site of the St James Theatre...Architects are shocked by the kitsch banality of the proposed building... [image]- New Zealand Herald

What's Wrong With This Picture? So what's the deal with the big, dumb white box atop 55 E. Erie? By Lynn Becker - Searl & Associates; Fujikawa Johnson & Associates [image]- Repeat

Building sight: "Judging Architecture: Issues, Divisions, Triumphs": A panel of experts has chosen them as some of the best buildings in Victoria, a testament to the state's bold and experimental approach to design. [link to images]- The Age (Australia)

Difference in taste: Architecture award fuels debate about cemetery buildings - Turk Tracey & Larry Architects- Maine Today

Kate Barker is right to look at risk aversion, but not only amongst builders: It is obviously true that housebuilding is a technologically and architecturally backward business. By Ian Abley- audacity.org (UK)

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) launches urban and brownfield information session series in Calgary. Next stops: Montreal, Halifax. Ottawa, Toronto- NRTEE

N.J. Bridge Puts Recycled Plastic to Unusual Use: Combination of Two Petrochemicals May Offer Inexpensive and Durable Alternative to Wood, Steel and Concrete- Washington Post

City OKs huge solar project: Fresno expects to drastically cut its electricity bill...[some] remain skeptical- Fresno Bee (California)

Shanghai moves to reduce bike traffic in favor of cars (AP)- Environmental News Network

- Sales Atop E. 96th Street - HLW; Ismael Leyva
- Yesterday, Cooper Union selected architect to design...building for its school of engineering - Thom Mayne; Gruzen Samton
- NY Post

University of California regents eye wine institute: $55.4 million first phase...to create an inviting south entrance to campus, leading up to the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts - Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership- Davis Enterprise

Farnsworth House on the Block: Glenn Murcutt: "..."to move it would be America gone mad. Fully mad." Charles Jencks: "To many people, especially architects, it represents the ultimate spiritual experience..." [audio]- Chicago Public Radio

Thoroughly Modern: Once seen as impractical relics of a bygone era, Art Deco houses are now all the rage. Even developers have taken to revisiting Art Deco in their architectural styles...- Telegraph (UK)

How He Got His Job: Carlos Cardoza/Beyer Blinder Belle- NY Newsday

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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