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Today's News - February 17, 2004

Maki wins U.N. competition. -- Libeskind in Prague with Dali. -- Lessons to be learned from Oklahoma City memorial. -- WTC memorial "makes a virtue of simplicity," but Freedom Tower is an "emblem of a dysfunctional marriage." -- Will Calatrava's transit hub be his best? -- Architectural security and transparency in a time of fear. -- Rolls-Royce factory builds green - and underground. -- One of Australia's few Aboriginal architects has visions of urban renewal for an inner-Sydney suburb. -- Leaks, cracks, and warps put a new leisure center in mothballs: is it really "…a monument to architectural arrogance and local government ineptitude…"? -- "Urban farming" in Toronto: build the amenities, the neighborhood will grow. -- Alsop in the running for another Eden project. -- Toronto opera house designers deal with sticky wickets (we've included previous ANN feature with lots of images). -- They're lining up like it's a rock concert for the opening of Apple store (sorry - no architects named). -- Fast Company's Fast 50 includes architects!
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Japanese Architect Wins U.N. Competition...to design an additional building... - Fumihiko Maki- New York Times

Libeskind to design Dali museum in Prague (AP)- Denver Post

Chains bar essential contact: Message is clear: Don't cross line, and most don't [at Oklahoma City National Memorial] By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

Estrangement at [Oklahoma City] memorial: The central issue is declining attendance...and a controversial move to privatize its operation in order to meet rising costs....after being eclipsed by the greater magnitude of Sept. 11, 2001.- Chicago Tribune

Proposed twin towers memorial makes a virtue of simplicity: [Freedom Tower]...a building designed by two architects who couldn't agree on anything...emblem of a dysfunctional marriage. By Robert Campbell - Santiago Calatrava; Daniel Libeskind; David Childs/SOM; Michael Arad; Peter Walker; Pentagram- Boston Globe

Santiago Calatrava digs deep: will the World Trade Center's new transit hub be his best building? By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Architecture in a Time of Fear: Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building...modern architecture can be made safer and still reflect the democratic qualities of openness and transparency. By Lynn Becker - Carol Ross Barney/Ross Barney+Jankowski [link to interview]- Repeat

Buried treasure: It was a cunning plan: hide a car plant on an English country estate. And who thought of it? The Germans. By Jonathan Glancey - Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners; Grant Associates [image]- Guardian (UK)

On the drawing board: If ever a master plan were needed, it is in Redfern. And good design can help restore something like normalcy according to Dillon Kombumerri with the Aboriginal Design Unit, Merrima- The Australian

Fiasco as £30m Clissold Leisure Centre is mothballed: The problems are so serious it may never be able to reopen. - Stephen Hodder [image]- This is London (UK)

Distillery District, that's the spirit: Teamwork among developers, city and others is admirable Vibrant, mixed-use projects like this...just what city needs: "urban farming''- Toronto Star

'Eden Project' - for Norfolk: futuristic conceptual design, by Will Alsop...competition, which closes tomorrow, to create a landmark for the region. [image]- Eastern Daily Press (EDP Norfolk, UK)

This theatre never hibernates: The task is a tricky one for the [Toronto] opera house's designers, but they can't wait to chip in their parts. - Diamond and Schmitt Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Urban Aria: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - Diamond and Schmitt Architects [images]- ArchNewsNow

Apple Fans Sneak Peek at Store: ...won't open for another couple of weeks...already had problems with break-ins...to get a sneak peek at the interior.- Wired magazine

2004 Fast 50 includes Cameron Sinclair/Architecture for Humanity; William McDonough, FAIA; and James Dyson- Fast Company magazine

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


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