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Today's News - December 23, 2003

Freedom Tower (still): We don't have to pay for Ouroussoff's opinion (for a change). -- Gunts gushes. -- Two Gotham voices and two views. -- Giuliani calls for a stroke of genius for WTC memorial. -- Edinburgh interviews for a design tsar. -- Perhaps a good idea for Miami and India? -- Architects and artists heal a scorched San Diego. -- Libeskind's "little jewel" in London: opinion is divided (with a healthy dose of British humor). -- Manhattan's other tower will be oh-so-green. -- Building boom in Minneapolis is all about culture (and some very familiar names). -- Ditto in Korea. -- Hybrid houses in the 'burbs. -- Milwaukee Theatre renovation is better on the inside. -- A woman to watch. -- Book review: design as a competitive strategy and "'inauthentic' environments please our diverse population…Fake variety is egalitarian, nobody feels left out or condescended to…" (oh really?).

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Capitalism Tops Democracy in Tower's Design: The concept is better than most, but not nearly as good -- or as original -- as some had promised along the way. By Nicolai Ouroussoff - David M. Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Daniel Libeskind- Los Angeles Times

Passing the torch: At 1,776 feet, Ground Zero skyscraper unveils a towering faith in freedom and innovation. By Edward Gunts- Baltimore Sun

Freedom Tower: A Good Work in Progress: There’s a long way to go... By Mark Ginsberg, President, AIA New York Chapter- Gotham Gazette

Freedom Tower: Stick With Libeskind: It must be brought more closely in line with what Libeskind originally proposed. By Beverly Willis- Gotham Gazette

For Giuliani, Memorial Plans Fall Far Short: "...we need someone who is going to come up with a stroke of genius."- New York Times

Plans for Capital 'design tsar' drawing to conclusion: ...prospective design gurus interviewd for the position of [Edinburgh's] Urban Design Champion.- The Scotsman (UK)

High rises and McMansions jeopardizing history: ...continue to fill once-handsome neighborhoods and jeopardize the historic architecture fabric and landscape of South Florida. Elsewhere in America, important new buildings opened... By Beth Dunlop- Miami Herald

Caught in a maze of kachra and chaos: Common woes in a government office: "The whole system of building and designing puts architects subservient to engineers..."- Times of India

From chaos "an endless work party of jubilation": can architects heal a scorched and scarred San Diego? - Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker; Mooney Associates; Hubbell and Hubbell- NY Arts Magazine

Winning architect has designs on Holloway Road: From World Trade Centre site to one of London's less salubrious areas...London Metropolitan University...hip, glamorous new graduate school... - Daniel Libeskind- Guardian (UK)

London Metropolitan University Post Graduate Centre - Daniel Libeskind [images]- London Metropolitan University

A Tower Designed to Be Environmentally Friendly: Hearst Corporation headquarters...will be an architectural standout... - Norman Foster- New York Times

Building boom of 2003 was all about culture. By Linda Mack - Herzog & de Meuron; Edward Larrabee Barnes; Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle; Jean Nouvel; Michael Graves- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Korean art world gung-ho for globalization - Kirsten Schemel Architekten; Rem Koohaas- Korea Herald

Homes have business built in: hybrid dwellings...the leading edge in the transformation of the American suburb from residential refuges into modest centers of commerce. - EDAW- Delaware News Journal

With botched exterior, Milwaukee Theatre's charm gets lost in renovation. By Whitney Gould - Ferry & Clas (1909); VOA Associates [images]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Outlook 2004: People to Watch: Allison Williams/Ai...one of the few African-American women at the top of her field.- U.S. News & World Report

Book Review: The Glittering Jumble: "The Substance of Style: How the Rise of Aesthetic Value is Remaking Commerce, Culture, and Consciousness" By Virginia Postrel; reviewed by Anne Hollander- The New Republic

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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