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Today's News - February 6, 2004

The world's top cities (Baghdad was not included in the survey). -- A brouhaha broiling in Brooklyn. -- Chicago pulls out all the stops for Millennium Park. -- A frontrunner declared for Beijing Olympics convention center. -- Tower in South Africa inspired by Ground Zero. -- Swiss ambassador will have much to yodel about. -- Realtors building green in D.C. -- Lessons to be learned from housing in Vienna. -- Edinburgh's new heritage chief has his eye on the future: wants "to see the rhetoric put into action." -- The democratization of neighborhood data. -- Georgia Tech is a good (and green) neighbor. -- LEED certification a good idea - but testing needs to be better. -- A more affordable London Eye to go global. -- ArchVoices 2nd annual essay competition underway. -- An architect's vintage bowties as art.

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Melbourne ranked world's top city: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey ranked Melbourne, Vancouver and Vienna as the best cities for expatriates to live...- The Age (Australia)

Brooklyn brouhaha: the controversial drive to host a sports team: Moving the Nets here could displace 850 residents. Some are worried about changes to the borough's character. - Frank Gehry- Christian Science Monitor

New-Look Chicago: $450 million Millennium Park...is shaping up to be a marriage of architecture, landscape design and art. - Frank Gehry; Anish Kapoor; Kathryn Gustafson/Piet Oudolf/Robert Israel [scroll down - 2nd item]- New York Times

RMJM tipped for Olympic job: has emerged as the frontrunner for the £400m International Convention Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympics ...beating off competition from...the Cox Group and Rem Koolhaas.- Building (UK)

Towering Topaz inspired by Ground Zero design: ...will be the tallest newly-developed residential building in South Africa. - Albertyn Viljoen Architects- News24 (South Africa)

Switzerland's $10 million Ambassadorial Residence to Yodel About. By Benjamin Forgey - Steven Holl/Justin Russli; William Lescaze [image]- Washington Post

National Association of Realtors Building on Capitol Hill Nearing Completion: ...expects to earn LEED certification - Graham Gund Architects; SMB Architects; Oehme, Van Sweden & Associates; Lucas Stefura Interiors- US Newswire

In Vienna, Austria, The Fireman Lives Next Door: According to architect and city planning researcher Wolfgang Foerster, Vienna's subsidized housing is generally more architecturally sound than more expensive structures built by the private market. [images]- Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland)

New [Edinburgh] heritage chief is determined to show that he's streetwise: ...has welcomed the recent appointment of Sir Terry Farrell...as the city’s new urban design tsar. - David McDonald/Cockburn Association- The Scotsman (UK)

A Portrait of a Neighborhood Is Now Just a Click Away: "...part of a national movement toward democratizing data"- New York Times

Transforming a Neighborhood: connecting Georgia Tech to the community by achieving a sustainable site - The Epsten Group [images]- Environmental Design + Construction

Opinion: Green Edge: LEED accreditation: not a measure of sustainability expertise. The problem is the test itself. It's too easy. By Jason F. McLennan and Peter Rumsey- Environmental Design + Construction

Marks Barfield has Eye on international market: London Eye architect is working on a cheaper variant that could be sold across the world.- Building (UK)

Call for Entries: 2nd Annual ArchVoices Essay Competition. Deadline: March 19- ArchVoices

These are a few of my favourite things: An architect has collected 200 clip-on bow ties c. 1956 to 1966. Soon they will be in a museum - Derham Groves- The Age (Australia)

On Track: Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction: Commuting is made easier (and grander) with a transit hub 10 years in the making. - Brennan Beer Gorman Architects [images]- ArchNewsNow


Machado & Silvetti: American University of Beirut Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, Lebanon [images]


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