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Today's News - January 21, 2004

Ground Zero environmental study up for review. -- Hourly rates for WTC memorial designers. -- Big dreams for a dirty river. -- Of scenic routes and the "messy vitality" of a turnpike. -- Dealing with the "carcasses of empty big-box stores." -- Superadobe: earthquake proof and down-to-earth, but no one seems to be interested. -- A win-win for town center: the town saves money; landscape architecture students earn credit. -- A campus looks to its past to design its future. -- Las Vegas glitz arrives in Helsinki. -- A library renovation is "simply superb." -- A "gothic pile" comes back to life. -- Edinburgh's "design champion": it's still not official, but the buzz is (mostly) good. -- It is official: University of Toronto has a new dean of architecture. -- Design tool: animation is the future. -- An architect stroll Kyoto with the heart of a poet. -- Retail design competition deadline nears.

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Redevelopment at Ground Zero to Mean Noise and Traffic: Two public hearings on the draft environmental impact statement scheduled for Feb. 18...public comments will be accepted until March 15. By David W. Dunlap- New York Times

WTC Memorial Creators' Deals OK'd: Michael Arad...will receive $85 an hour for work on the project, while Peter Walker...will receive a $200 per-hour fee.- NY Newsday

River of Dreams: An Exhibition of Lofty Plans for the Anacostia Inspires Hope They'll Come True. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Commentary: Pike Pique: The Courant's Place essayists would do well to dust off their copies of Venturi's writings or those of Connecticut's own guru of the ordinary, Charles W. Moore.- Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

'Big-Box' Stores Leave More Than a Void: the carcasses of empty big-box stores are increasingly littering the landscape of America's outer suburbs and small towns.- Washington Post

Iranian-Born Architect Trying To Build Support For His Earthquake-Resistant Technique - Nader Khalili (via Radio Free Europe)- Payvand (Iran)

Down-to-Earth Housing From the Mojave to Mars: At Cal-Earth headquarters, a Superdome colony is rising. By Linda Hales - Nader Khalili [image]- Washington Post

Town turns to University of Rhode Island students for plan for village center: The project is part of the landscape architecture curriculum...would cost the town "three to seven times more" to hire a professional landscape architect.- Providence Journal

Something Old, Something New: UC Berkeley Campus Development Plan Looks Back for the Future: ...taking many cues from late university architect John Galen Howard, who envisioned a “City of Learning” [images]- The Daily Californian

Casino architect brings piece of Las Vegas to refurbished Helsinki restaurant: World's first digital casino to open on April 1 - Paul Steelman- Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

Worth checking out newly renovated Homewood library: ...simply superb...worth going out of one's way for. By Patricia Lowry - Alden & Harlow [1910]; Pfaffmann and Associates [images]- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pugin's gothic pile earns facelift: the Grange has been hailed as a precursor of Modern movement design... By Jonathan Glancey [image]- Guardian (UK)

Building up to a role in the Edinburgh's future? ...is Sir Terry Farrell the right architect for the job?- The Scotsman (UK)

New dean of architecture and design named at University of Toronto - George Baird/Baird Sampson Neuert Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Moving Pictures: With clients' (and the public's) expectations rising after 9/11...animations are a tool designers can no longer pass up. By Fred Bernstein- The Architect's Newspaper

Kyoto is like a kimono...still the cultural epicentre of Japan... By Kazi Khaleed Ashraf- The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

15th Annual Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging (SADI) Awards for retail design; deadline: January 30- Retail Traffic magazine


-- Massimiliano Fuksas: Congress Center, EUR District, Rome
-- PTW: National Swimming Centre, 2008 Olympics, Beijing


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