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Today's News - February 27, 2004

Neighborhood diversity perhaps not so neighborly. -- Urban visions and legislative changes that "would turn politicians into heroes." -- Urban regeneration perhaps not ready for prime time. -- Hope for the best for Athens Olympics (there is no "Plan B"). -- At Ground Zero: a showcase of smart (if temporary) architecture, and (possibly) an "arts incubator" project (that does not include Diller+Scofidio as report states). -- Monumental dream for museum of architecture in St. Louis. -- Beautiful dream for flagship library in Birmingham, UK, may remain only a dream. -- Heritage panel in India allows looming building in heart of historic village - without seeing finished plans. -- Pei's homecoming: a museum in his own backyard. -- Some big changes at CABE. -- An international line-up for Atelier 04 at the University of Buffalo next weekend. - A French architect's global adventures. -- Deadlines for universal design awards and first annual outstanding design CEO award. -- Italian dreams on view at the Hermitage.

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The kindness of strangers? Diversity makes people anti-social. That is not as catastrophic as it sounds- The Economist (UK)

Urban change requires vision: [Architect] recommends simple solutions that have the potential for large-scale implementation... - Martin Liefhebber/Breathe Architects- Toronto Star

Architect slams Channel 4 show: Sarah Wigglesworth has criticised the TV producers making a series about the £4m Castleford regeneration project for underestimating the complexities of the scheme - McDowell + Benedetti; Allen Tod; Parklife; DSDHA; Hudson Architects- Building (UK)

In Over Their Heads? Less than six months before Games, concerns about Athens' readiness persist, and IOC's only option is to hope for best.- Los Angeles Times

Ground Zero's Ephemeral Elegance: The new WTC PATH station, like much of the temporary cityscape of Lower Manhattan, is a showcase of smart architecture. By David W. Dunlap - Robert I. Davidson; Pentagram; Earth Tech; SHoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli; New York New Visions [images]- New York Times

Deep Pockets Hatching New 'Arts Incubator' ...near Ground Zero - David Rockwell; Kevin Kennon Architects- Backstage

Museum junkie hopes to draw monumental acclaim: Steve Trampe sets out to develop a national gallery of architecture in East St. Louis that could energize the riverfront.- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Doubts over proposals for flagship city library: ...no idea how the estimated £175 million cost...would be met. - Richard Rogers Partnership [image]- icBirmingham (UK)

Residents lock horns with heritage panel: new multi-storey structure...shockingly out of sync with the vernacular architecture of Matharpakhadi.- Times of India

Architect's homecoming: ...putting his name on the blueprint of not just another project...in the very backyard where his family once lived: Suzhou Museum - I.M. Pei; Pei Partnership Architects- The Standard (Hong Kong)

Rouse leaves CABE to head Housing Corporation; chairman of design review, Paul Finch, also stepping down...replaced by Ken Shuttleworth- Building (UK)

Distinguished architects to speak at "Atelier 04" March 5-6 - O'Donnell + Tuomey; Francine Houben/Mecanoo; Jack Travis; etc.- University at Buffalo Reporter

Jean-Pierre Heimís design touch: French architect talks about his challenging work around the world- Kathimerini (Greece)

Call for Nominations: 2004 da Vinci Awards recognize universal design of products and environments. Deadline: May 28- Engineering Society of Detroit

Call for Entries: PSMJís 1st Annual Design Industry Outstanding CEO of the Year Award. Deadline: March 31- PSMJ Resources

Hermitage Exhibition Review: Dreams of Italy in Stone and Brick: "From Myth to Project. The Influence of Architects from Italy and Ticino in Russia in the Epoch of Neoclassicism"- St. Petersburg Times (Russia)

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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