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Today's News - February 26, 2004

Time for a renaissance of the traditional city. -- We can now add "smart codes" and "aesthetic renaissance" to our "smart growth" lexicon. -- San Diego reinvents itself - at what cost? -- Salt Lake City looks to San Diego and Toronto looks to Hong Kong for inspiration. -- Crisis in UK: not enough architects and planners. -- Big plans under wraps for Connecticut development. -- Maybe they should all spend 20 for "Cork Rural Design Guide: Building a New House in the Countryside." -- Then there's always the "context" to consider. -- Historic preservation goes green in Boston. -- Uffizi wants to double in size while the Acropolis Museum just wants to get built. -- Landmark status for architect's home (the owners are none too thrilled). -- WTC memorial team must contend with "physical challenges and treacherous political waters." -- "Googie" architecture at risk.

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Renaissance of the traditional city: We owe it to the next generation to rediscover the principles of dense urban fabric which informed the old city centre.- Axess Magazine (Sweden)

Growth experts push new zoning to spark aesthetic renaissance: ...one of growth's most curious reforms in decades: new "smart codes"... (AP)- San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego reinvents itself - and gentrifies: Seventh-largest US city typifies 'new urbanism' and growth. But some fret about squeezing out the poor.- Christian Science Monitor

Can LDS renovations satisfy critics, revitalize Main Street? Besides reinvigorating the malls...hopes to bring more shoppers downtown by adding hundreds of housing units...- Salt Lake Tribune

Hong Kong's vertical villages an inspiration: ...it represents hyper-urbanism raised to gravity-defying heights. By Christopher Hume- Toronto Star

UK Design Education In Crisis: Government plans to build up to 4 million new homes...may be stymied by severe shortage of suitably trained architects and urban designers...- International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)

Hackman Reveals Development Partners: Plans For 220-acre Site Along Thames River [CT] Are Still Under Wraps - Fox & Fowle Architects and Planners- The Day (Connecticut)

Designs for better building in the countryside: ...half-dozen county councils have produced rural housing design guides, none are as graphic as one recently produced by Cork County Council. By Frank McDonald - Colin Buchanan and Partners; Mike Shanahan and Associates- Irish Times

If you live here, you're out of context: Architects and planners often make it a point to stress the importance of context...If only things were that simple. By John King - Stanley Saitowitz [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Green meets history in City Hall Annex: It's a green historic restoration. - HKT Architects- Boston Globe

Uffizi to double in size as Italy tries to outdo Louvre: canopy-like structure for a new exit by Arata Isozaki...was "subject to further evaluation"- Guardian (UK)

Plan B for Acropolis Museum? - Bernard Tschumi- Kathimerini (Greece)

Landmark Status, Not Razing, Is Now Likely for Staten Island Home...of Henry Hobson Richardson- New York Times

Design at Ground Zero: Peter Walker snagged the biggest fish his profession could float: the World Trade Center memorial. Now he has to reel it in.- Berkeleyan

Tomorrow's long-lost treasures: Exuberant 'Googie' architecture at risk. By Arrol Gellner- San Francisco Chronicle

INSIGHT: San Francisco's New Vancouver-Mania - Part II. By Trevor Boddy- ArchNewsNow

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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