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Today's News - February 13, 2004

Grand plans to reorganize London. -- Canadian cities slowly finding their own identities: "New York…appears in Woody Allen's movies as a character in its own right. By contrast…we see Toronto in films all the time, but usually as a stand-in for somewhere else." -- The search for new housing solutions. -- Good news/bad news for Boston and Austin museums. -- Virtual reality for future museums. -- Big names in the running for big project in Miami. -- Big names sign on to radically re-rethink school design in UK. -- Big bucks for bigger convention center in New York. -- Site vs. object debate at Ground Zero. -- "Breathtaking" new resort will put Tasmania on the international tourism map. -- Once-reviled London treasures brought back to life. -- A new dorm in Toronto is not "spectacular or breathtaking. It's just very Modern." -- Another daily dose of Holyrood brouhaha. -- New CEO for Hillier. -- Architects explore "Harlem's unstable identity in changing times…the identity is anxious at present."

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Mayor unveils plan for greater London: City to be reorganised to create homes and jobs for 800,000 more people- Building (UK)

NYC is to Woody as Toronto is to ...? Cities exist as much in the imagination as they do in time and space. A conference...at McGill University in Montreal, "Challenging Cities in Canada"...will delve into this relationship. By Christopher Hume- Toronto Star

Should The Free Market Decide? Search for New Housing Solutions Goes International- Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland)

Museum of Fine Arts [Boston] to add underground gallery to expansion project - Foster and Partners- Boston Globe

Plans for new Austin Museum of Art abandoned - Gluckman Mayner Architects- Austin Business Journal (Texas)

Virtual reality brings past to life: Virtual museums could offer a way of travelling back in time to experience the past [images]- BBC (UK)

Top design firms covet bayfront job...creating Miami's proposed bayside Museum Park. - Viñoly; Cooper, Robertson; EDAW; Van Valkenburgh; Hargreaves Associates; Field Operations; Sasaki Associates; Perkins & Will/Olin Partnership; M. Paul Friedberg; Wallace Roberts and Todd- Miami Herald

£5bn for radical renewal of English schools: Designs by top architects as Labour rethinks policy - Walters and Cohen; Cottrell and Vermeulen; Marks Barfield; Building Design Partnership; Sarah Wigglesworth Architects; Mace (RTKL); Wilkinson Eyre; de Rijke Marsh Morgan; Alsop Architects; Penoyre & Prasad; Feilden Clegg Bradley [link to images]- Guardian (UK)

Design matters: we all recall the layout, smell and colour of our first school: ...a dozen exploratory designs by a healthy variety of architects that raise fundamental issues about creating better and happier schools. By Jonathan Glancey [link to images]- Guardian (UK)

$2.2B Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Plan Unveiled: Expansion linked to stadium- NY Newsday

Site, Not Remnants, Sanctifies Ground Zero, Officials Say: ,,,philosophical debate between those who view the site more abstractly and those who find documentary value and emotional resonance in vestiges...- New York Times

Coles Bay splendour revealed in $30m plan: ...Tasmania's first five-star resort - Reinmuth Blythe Balmforth TERROIR- The Mercury (Australia)

London theatres 2: the once-reviled Frank Matcham is feted as his greatest theatres, the Hackney Empire and the Coliseum, come back to life. By Hugh Pearman - Nick Thompson/The Arts Team; Tim Ronalds Architects [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

A dormitory dose of neo-modernism: The University of Toronto's new Woodsworth residence going up despite the wounds - Peter Clewes and Adrian Di Castri/architectsAlliance- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Miralles escaped sack from Holyrood project: ...project manager wanted to fire Holyrood architects... Relations between two architect firms so bad they ran up costs by doing the same work - EMBT; RMJM- The Scotsman (UK)

New CEO for Hillier Group - Thomas Fridstein- The Times (New Jersey)

Exhibition review: Metaphors Rise in Harlem Sky: "Harlemworld: Metropolis as Metaphor" ...presents the work of 18 architects...aims to be a show of conscience. By Herbert Muschamp [image]- New York Times

And the Winners Are: New Housing New York Competition Winners: Exhibition of inspiring designs for affordable, sustainable housing opens tomorrow.- ArchNewsNow

Habitat 825: An apartment building draws inspiration from its neighbor - Schindler's Kings Road House. - Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects [images]- ArchNewsNow

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


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