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Today's News - February 19, 2004

Of public housing and cautionary tales. -- Buildings should be for people (now there's a concept!). -- A mortuary balances the practical with the spiritual. -- Bemoaning the state of healthcare design in India: "…there is no control over design of mushrooming nursing homes and no transparent benchmarking of good practices…" -- Crude and tacky changes made to museum (needless to say, the architect is not happy). -- Gaudi in Beirut: lessons in playful architecture. -- Calatrava bridge earns a "gee, whillikers" from locals. -- Design team selected for King memorial. -- A townhouse with rooftop lawn, synthetic flowers, and lots of light. -- An architect gets a hometown retrospective. -- Calls for entries: housing design and smart growth.

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Public housing developments bring HOPE but history says projects call for caution. By Howard Husock- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Buildings should be for people: "The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century" ...essays show why so much "important" architecture today is at odds with daily life... By John King - Steven Holl; Coop Himmelb(l)au; Robert A. M. Stern; Bernard Tschumi- San Francisco Chronicle

Exuding calm in a sea of hospital activity: St James's Hospital has a remarkable new mortuary building that brilliantly juggles the practical and the spiritual. - Henry J Lyons and Partners- Irish Times

Ambience matters in healthcare: Architect and environmental planner Santosh Ghosh laments that health centres in Bengal are "not designed keeping patients’ needs in mind."- The Telegraph (India)

Architectural clash breaks out behind the scenes at museum: recent changes to the £50m Museum of Scotland have been labelled as crude, perverse, wretched, and tacky... - Benson+Forsyth- The Herald (Scotland)

A very Catalan lesson in architectural playfulness: Beirut could stand to learn from the Art Nouveau visions of Antonio Gaudi- Daily Star (Lebanon)

Bridge Out of Nowhere Leads a Town to Its Future - Santiago Calatrava [images]- New York Times

Washington Firm Joins King Memorial Project. By Benjamin Forgey - Devrouax & Purnell; ROMA Design Group- Washington Post

Town House Invites the Outside In - Turett Collaborative Architects [images]- New York Times

Master of His Domain: Bruce McCarty architecture retrospective comes to University of Tennessee- Metro Pulse (Knoxville)

Call for Entries: Norwalk [Connecticut] Housing Design Competition. Registration deadline: July 15- Steven Winter Associates

Call For Entries: Smart Growth Recognition Program. Deadline: March 15- Urban Land Institute

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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