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Today's News - December 29, 2003

Rebuilding help needed in Iran. -- Lessons in rebuilding from Beirut. -- India needs both architects and developers with vision. -- New bomb testing technology for architects and building materials. -- The highs and lows of 2003 according to Muschamp. -- A banner year for Modernism with a caveat: "One aspect of the old modernist credo that the new modernists haven't tended to all that inventively is the belief in architecture's duty to help solve social problems." -- New housing threatens Cézanne landscape. -- Soaring (and green) convention center with just a tinge of controversy. -- Pier Wisconsin (finally) sailing forward with two finalists' designs drawing rave reviews. -- Did Gehry really say that? -- Superbugs the new target of healthcare design in the U.K. -- Long-range plans for Toledo schools come into view. -- Fresno museum design and budget await approval. -- Sunflowers on Wellington Arch and mince pies on the Queen's House (too bad it all ends New Year's Eve). -- Seminars offered to be in step with U.K.'s Disability Discrimination Act going into effect in October '04. -- More than 3,000 gather for the 46th annual convention of architecture students in Hyderabad, India.

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Earthquake in Iran: Call for Help...to architects, designers and engineers, preferably locally based, to lend design services...- Architecture for Humanity

The rush to rebirth: The rapid pace of reconstruction in Beirut, still scarred by years of civil war, is bringing a vision of cultural wholeness to the city. By Nicolai Ouroussoff - Bernard Khoury; Edward Durell Stone; Jean Nouvel; José Rafael Moneo; Steven Holl- Los Angeles Times

Designing India: Looking for Mr Vision: Combined with a good architect, what you need is a developer with a vision...[or] goes bizzare...you will have cities full of monstrosities. - Charles Correa; Louis Kahn- The Economic Times (India)

Building Better Bomb Resistance: ...data resulting from such tests will not only help architects design stronger buildings, but also push engineers to create new building materials.- Wired magazine

The Highs: The Buildings (and Plans) of the Year. By Herbert Muschamp - Frank Gehry; Rem Koolhaas; Richard Meier; Wood & Zapata; Zaha Hadid; Greg Lynn; David Childs/SOM; Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa/Sanaa; 9/11 memorial competition; Center for Architecture; Central Park- New York Times

The Lows: Banner Year for Lost Opportunities. By Herbert Muschamp- New York Times

Modernism: An Old Dogma's New Tricks: It's freer now, not so dependent on dogma (or perhaps it's just that there are more competing dogmas than ever before). By Benjamin Forgey - Frank Gehry; Helmut Jahn; Rafael Vinoly; Daniel Libeskind; Thom Mayne/Morphosis- Washington Post

Cézanne's vision turns ugly: Uproar as painter's timeless landscape [in Médan] is threatened by new housing estate- Guardian (UK)

Convention center: Soaring design tinged by controversy. By Patricia Lowry - Rafael Vinoly; Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Clear sailing may finally lie ahead for Pier Wisconsin: Finalists' proposals receiving rave reviews in design competition. By Whitney Gould - Hammel, Green & Abrahamson; Arquitectura [images]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gehry: "I'm just an architect, I'm a dumb architect..."- The Times (New Jersey)

Superbugs new target for CABE health design campaign- HD - The Journal for Healthcare Design and Development (UK)

Toledo Public Schools dream moves closer to reality: Bids for first school project to go out in February...[for] $821 million, decade-long building and renovation project - Allied Toledo Architects (Munger Munger + Associates, SSOE Studios, Duket Porter MacPherson, The Collaborative, Inc.)- Toledo Blade

Fresno Metropolitan Museum plans for new building: Museum board must weigh design, cost of project. - Michael Maltzan- Fresno Bee (California)

Brightening Up London: commissioned images projected onto 10 buildings around London [images]- Guardian (UK)

Disability Discrimination Act (UK) compliance workshops through April '04: DDA comes into full force on October 1- HD - The Journal for Healthcare Design and Development (UK)

National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) sends architecture students over the moon- Times of India

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, Malmř, Sweden


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