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Today's News - December 22, 2003

Freedom Tower: a good start, a false start - or just moving too fast? -- Towers that may (or may not) energize San Francisco skyline. -- Melbourne's hits and misses for 2003. -- Calatrava bridges won't make a freeway any more romantic. -- Big plans for Regent Street. -- A master plan for the University of Notre Dame. -- Beijing's grand avenue a mix of modern architecture. -- Housing at a crossroads in New York City - as elsewhere. -- America's hottest towns. -- Are gated communities really that great? -- Cooper-Hewitt looking for a makeover. -- Bienal Miami+Beach 2003 winners.

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Our Critic: [Freedom Tower] Far From A Finished Work. By Justin Davidson - Daniel Libeskind; David Childs- NY Newsday

An Appraisal: A Skyscraper Has a Chance to Be Nobler: The surprise...is that in its present form Freedom Tower is much closer to being a piece of architecture than the public had any right to expect. By Herbert Muschamp - David M. Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Daniel Libeskind; Guy Nordenson- New York Times

-- "Freedom" Tower: WTC Deserves Better..."it’s not as bad as we thought"...is about as good as it gets at Ground Zero. And it is not nearly good enough.
-- WTC Memorials: In trying to accommodate too much, the [finalists'] memorials ended up commemorating too little. By James S. Russell
- ArtsJournal

Reaching for the sky, falling short: The problem at Freedom Tower is the same problem with the unremarkable set of memorial designs for ground zero: the eternal conflict between getting things done and getting them done right. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

The Tallest Building in the World: It's a Boast That Invites an Argument. By David W. Dulap- New York Times

A chance to reach new heights: Towers could energize San Francisco's skyline. By John King - Gary Edward Handel + Associates; Moore Ruble Yudell; Christiani Johnson Architects [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

A view of the city: A growing young city like Melbourne cultivates itself in all directions. Norman Day revisits the year in architecture.- The Age (Australia)

Spanish Fly: Dallas turns rape to romance with Calatrava bridges: Instead of...turning [Trinity River] into a green refuge...we're going to stick a stinking freeway on top of it. And then we will try to pretty up the mess...by festooning it with suspension bridges.- Dallas Observer

Crown to spend £500m on Regent Street facelift- Retail Week (UK)

Laying out University of Notre Dame's map to the future: Plan includes $450 million in buildings, improvements - Ayers/Saint/Gross Inc. Architects and Planners; Michael Vergason Landscape Architects [link to master plan] (via College Town News)- South Bend Tribune (Indiana)

Grand Theater to further diversify style of China's first avenue: In the past two decades...a host of modern architecture has filled both sides of the street. - Paul Andreu; I.M. Pei; etc. [image]- People's Daily (China)

One Housing Woe Gives Way to Another: New York finds itself at a crossroads as it confronts a new set of housing challenges without this inventory of city-owned property.- New York Times

America's Hottest Towns - Best Places to Live- Money magazine

Commentary: Imprisoned by the Walls Built to Keep 'the Others' Out: The phenomenon of gated communities... By Setha M. Low- Los Angeles Times

Cooper-Hewitt Museum Tries Redesigning Itself: The makeover would begin with an architectural competition next year for a master plan...- New York Times

Bienal Miami+Beach 2003 Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design Winners [images]- Florida International University School of Architecture/AIA Miami

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


-- Competition winners: Shigeru Ban; Jean de Gastines & Philip Gumuchdjian, Centre Pompidou - Metz, France
-- Competition winners: Foreign Office Architects: The Music Box, BBC Music Centre, White City, London
-- Foster & Partners: Elephant House, Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark
-- Half-way mark: Santiago Calatrava: Turning Torso, Malmø, Sweden


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