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Today's News - February 23, 2004

Big plans (and lots of images) for Elephant & Castle. -- Light rail helps downtown Houston, but could have been better. -- Suburban retailers finding happiness in urban centers. -- Time to deal with congestion problems. -- Questioning historic designation in Milwaukee and Toronto, preservation in Miami, and demolition in Palm Beach. -- Campus starchitecture on the rise. -- London student center by Libeskind is "an explosion of joy." -- Schools in Cleveland may not be so lucky. -- More high praise for Calatrava Ground Zero transit hub. -- A new standard for green, user-friendly corporate architecture. -- New design for Pier Wisconsin delights. -- New life for a rail viaduct in Philadelphia? -- Ban, "a humane architect who uses paper," is a star in Paris. -- A new president of Ontario Association of Architects.

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Final Elephant & Castle masterplan agreed: 1.5 billion, 11-year regeneration of a 170-acre site - Foster and Partners; Tibbalds TM2; Gehl Architects; Space Syntax [images]- London SE1

Houston's downtown development, light rail system have revamped city's image: [but] absence of forethought is...evident- San Antonio Express-News

Retailers: 'Burbs are for the birds: ...as more residents shun long drives for the basics...melding of urban grit and suburban comfort seems an inevitable evolution...- Miami Herald

The Need for Regional Anti-Congestion Policies: can be tackled by either supply-side or demand-side tactics.- Brookings Institute

Condo project stumbles on historic designation: ...will determine whether the project should be redesigned to include the [1871] Seeboth St. building. - Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The king of 60s kitsch gets noticed: Uno Prii's apartment buildings are now being recognized as 'liberating, soaring, expressive forms': ...granted limited protection of heritage status...- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Age Before Beauty: Preservation laws protect a community's oldest buildings. But what about the gems too young to make the list? By Beth Dunlop- Miami Herald

City to heave wrecking ball at modernism: Perhaps one day there will be a wave of nostalgia for the semi-brutalist modernism of Palm Beach County's abandoned 1972 courthouse.- Palm Beach Post

Starchitecture on Campus: Colleges and universities from Boston to Chicago are hooked on celebrity architects whose signature designs can help boost a school's reputation and attract alumni donors. By David Dillon- Boston Globe

No more tears: A Holocaust memorial, a bid for Ground Zero - Daniel Libeskind builds on tragedy. But his new student centre in London is an explosion of joy. By Jonathan Glancey [image]- Guardian (UK)

Schools at a crossroads: These should be days of glory for the ar chitecture of Cleveland public schools. Instead, they're becoming days of mediocrity. By Steven Litt- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Calatrava's ground zero design flies to new heights. By Blair Kamin - DMJM + Harris; STV Group- Chicago Tribune

For the new Genzyme Building, it's what's inside that counts: sets a new standard for corporate architecture in Boston. By Robert Campbell - Behnisch, Behnisch, and Partner; Next Phase Studios- Boston Globe

Unfurling Pier Wisconsin: New design delights advocates of project, as well as critics of previous plan. By Whitney Gould - Hammel, Green and Abrahamson [images]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Making an old viaduct viable again: One possible use for the stone structure: An elevated park with fine views of the city. By Inga Saffron- Philadelphia Inquirer

Signs Autographs in Paris: Overlooked at home, architect makes it big overseas - Shigeru Ban- Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Lesley D. Watson, OAA, MRAIC, 2004 President of Ontario Association of Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)

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


-- Competition winner: Medplan AS Arkitekter: I Boks Stavanger Concert House, Stavanger, Norway
-- Rem Koolhaas: McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago


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