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Today's News - January 9, 2004

Soulful musing on the 9/11 memorial. -- Pei building captures AIA's 25-Year Award. -- Los Angeles shortlist for Grand Avenue is long on names. -- A winner from shortlist to master plan U.K. development. -- Big plans for Javits Center and housing in Manhattan - and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. -- Big plans for land reclamation in Hong Kong harbor sink. -- Edinburgh is "waking up to the possibilities of good modern architecture." -- Cheboygan, like many cities, told to get moving on renewal. -- A "concertina" roof to keep tennis stars dry. -- Trends in modern homes (they're not all McMansions). -- An architect in love with geometry. -- National awards for Chicago architects offer "fresh evidence of the city's rebound from the doldrums of the mid-1990s." -- Jumping Foster's ship. -- A post-modern commentary on Israeli Modernism. -- More "My Architect" reviews.

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Viewpoint: Memorial Needs More for the Body and Soul. By Marc Spector/Spector Group Architects- NY Newsday

I.M. Pei's East Building of The National Gallery of Art Captures The AIA 25 Year Award for Architecture of Enduring Significance. By Stephanie Stubbs- American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Grand Slam, Small Step: Los Angeles has...short-listed five teams to vie for...3.2 million-square-foot Grand Avenue project - Arquitectonica/Gary Edward Handel + Associates/MVE &Partners/RTKL; The Jerde Partnership/Johnson Fain/Rios Associates; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/Elkus Manfredi; Gehry Partners- The Slatin Report

Prince's Foundation loses bid to double the size of Ashford: Urban Initiatives comes top of shortlist for masterplan to create 31,000 homes and 28,000 jobs in Kent town. - Prince's Foundation/URS/Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company; EDAW/HTA Architects; Kuiper Compagnons/HOK- Building (UK)

Mayor promises to more than double Javits Convention Center: will launch a multimillion-dollar, public-private partnership that will develop up to 10,000 units of affordable housing on cleaned-up brownfields throughout the city.- Crain's New York

Master Plan to Give New Life to Meadowlands Is Approved: ...will allow 24 million square feet of commercial space and 2,750 hotel rooms.- New York Times

Court of Final Appeal rules to preserve Hong Kong harbor: ruled against a government plan for a big land reclamation project (Reuters)- Environmental News Network

Foundations for the future: Might Edinburgh be the most changed city in Europe? In attitude - if not yet in the new architecture it produces... By Malcolm Fraser- The Scotsman (UK)

City told to make ideas happen: Clean it up. Build it. Redesign and improve it. But get started on it, and do it now. - Doyle Hyett/HyettPalma- Cheboygan Daily Tribune (Michigan)

Roof could land £50m bill in Wimbledon's Centre Court: HOK Sport unveils concertina design as part of total redevelopment of world's most famous tennis club- Building (UK)

Less privacy, please: The modern home has become as fluid as the lives we lead.- Sydney Morning Herald

A love affair with geometry: Preston Scott Cohen, the new holder of the Frank Gehry chair at University of Toronto, recently won a competition to design an art museum in Tel Aviv. By Lisa Rochon- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Chicago's Jahn hits architectural trifecta...winning three national awards in the same year from the AIA. Chicago designers [win] four of the 16 architecture awards... By Blair Kamin - Murphy/Jahn; Perkins & Will; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Moshe Safdie and Associates- Chicago Tribune

Foster staff jump ship to join Shuttleworth's crew: ...several project directors have also followed former director Robin Partington to Hamilton Associates...- Building (UK)

Out of their depths: This film on the S.S. Shalom is a kind of post-modern commentary on Israeli modernism - of which the ship was one of the most ambitious embodiments.- Ha`aretz (Israel)

'My Architect': Peeking Behind A Father's Facade. By Benjamin Forgey - Louis I. Kahn- Washington Post

Deconstructing Louis Kahn: "My Architect" ...is a superb documentary...- Washington Times


-- Frank O. Gehry & Associates: Bridge of Life Museum, Panama City, Panama
-- Santiago Calatrava: La Rioja, Bodegas Ysios, Laguardia, Įlava, Spain
-- Romero & Schaefle Architect: Hotel Greulich, Zurich
-- Book: Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture by Dung Ngo and Eric Pfeiffer; Princeton Architectural Press


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