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Today's News - January 22, 2004

Housing towers in San Francisco and Vancouver that work and don't work - and why. -- Keeping score at Ground Zero: rebuilding saga continues. -- WTC memorial: profiles of Arad and Walker. -- Calatrava's transit hub will bend and soar (images being unveiled today). -- Perhaps gentrification is such a bad word after all. -- Urban development being "Floridized" not all it's cracked up to be? -- Grand visions for Shanghai. -- High-rise drama in Chicago. -- Hoop dreams and Gehry schemes closer to reality in Brooklyn. -- Boston's growing pains; lessons from the Dutch offer "harmonious coexistence of cars and pedestrians." -- Extreme makeovers for towns in Illinois and Virginia. -- It's a stairway law hindering mid-rise growth in Toronto. -- Extreme makeover to be or not to be at 2 Columbus Circle. -- New president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland is ready for some heady battles.

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INSIGHT: RINCONoitering: How Vancouver Ideas Do - and Do Not Help - in Shaping San Francisco's First High Density Neighborhood. By Trevor Boddy- ArchNewsNow

WTC: Goodbye Memory Foundations, Hello Reflecting Absence: ...still feels vague and unfinished. But it has made abundantly clear, however, the state of Libeskind's site plan. By Martin C. Pedersen - Michael Arad; Peter Walker- Metropolis Magazine

Out of Monumental Loss, a Park Like No Other: "The idea of absence was a very tangible thing to me." - Michael Arad- New York Times

A Landscaper's Presence in 'Reflecting Absence': "I can't imagine a project more important than this one in the world, really." - Peter Walker- New York Times

Design for Trade Center PATH Terminal to Be Unveiled: Two counterpoised glass wings - bent as if to offer shelter, soaring as if to offer hope... - Santiago Calatrava; STV Group; DMJM & Harris- New York Times

Two cheers for the urban pioneers: New studies are raising questions about gentrification's untoward consequences.- U.S. News & World Report

The Curse of the Creative Class: A New Age theory of urban development amounts to economic snake oil. By Steven Malanga- Wall Street Journal

Shanghai '04: Whether you call them delusions of grandeur or visionary thinking, China's biggest city has plans that are nothing if not bold- The Economist (UK)

High Drama Over Chicago High-Rise: The planned Trump International Hotel and Tower faces a complicated set of issues... - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- National Real Estate Investor

Nets Are Sold for $300 Million, and Dream Grows in Brooklyn: $2.5 billion commercial and residential complex designed by Frank Gehry- New York Times

Boston Feels Growing Pains: ...developers are beginning to assess prospects a short walk across Ft. Point Channel in the Seaport District.- National Real Estate Investor

One more 'woonerf,' albeit flawed, a little less whoosh: Dutch concept slows traffic: The harmonious coexistence of cars and pedestrians...is catching on throughout the Boston area.- Boston Globe

Suburb has plans to rebuild its downtown: Lake Zurich says it would raze dozens of sites...and replace with...structures designed to give the feel of a quaint resort town. - Lucien LaGrange- Chicago Tribune

Extreme makeover: Ordinance offers Charlottesville a new look: Mixed-use developments...are the wave of the future...[require] "certificate of appropriateness" [images]- The Hook (Virginia)

Stairway to a better Toronto: The problem...isn't building tall or small. It's building in between. By Christopher Hume- Toronto Star

On Columbus Circle, Fighting a Face-Lift: renovation is threatened by a lawsuit filed by a consortium of three preservation groups...case will go before a judge on Feb. 20. - Edward Durell Stone; Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture [images]- New York Times

Optimist ready for battles ahead: The new president of the RIAI, Tony Reddy, talks to Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, about the architect's lot in Ireland.- Irish Times


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


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