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Today's News - March 3, 2004

The best - and worst - cities for living. -- 15 rules for rebuilding the world. -- Calatrava's "stairway to the sky" in Lower Manhattan "an example of what can be achieved when a city rediscovers the quality of delight." -- Ground Zero: building sustainability and Libeskind's changing role. -- Debating a number of NYC development plans. -- A picture postcard UK village as trendy housing estate. -- Toronto takes on pioneering housing redevelopment. -- New life for strip malls in California. -- A "crown of glass" for Canadian museum. -- The "balding, hawk-like" architect who's changing Beijing's skyline. -- Today's buildings as tomorrow's landmarks. -- Professional negligence issues in Australia. -- Sustainable roofing: its time has come.

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Survey: Swiss cities deemed best for living, Baghdad worst [link to report]- Environmental News Network

15 Rules for Rebuilding the World: "I didn't set out to write a book about the universe," says Christopher Alexander. "I just wanted to heal architecture." [images]- Wired magazine

Thinking Outside Box, Architect Comes Up With Cubes: Santiago Calatrava is ready to make a second startling mark on the Lower Manhattan skyline... By David W. Dunlap [image]- New York Times

For Lower Manhattan, a Residential Stairway to the Sky: ...its impact on the skyline is likely to be profound...an example of what can be achieved when a city rediscovers the quality of delight. By Herbert Muschamp - Santiago Calatrava- New York Times

Building Sustainability at Ground Zero: A Talk with Bruce Fowle/Fox & Fowle Architects- Metropolis Magazine

A Year With Libeskind: Are The Changes In His [Ground Zero] Plan Evolution Or A Betrayal?- Gotham Gazette

Sites For and Against the Most Hotly Debated Development Plans in NYC- Gotham Gazette

Modern look for model village: A corner of the picture postcard village of Port Sunlight is to be transformed into a trendy housing estate. - Paddock Johnson Associates- icLiverpool (UK)

Regent Park to be reinvented: Pioneering project will take 12 or more years to transform...into model for redevelopment- Toronto Star

The mall comes home: With land at a premium, developers are transforming old, underperforming strip malls into attractive complexes that blend residential and commercial use. - Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh- Los Angeles Times

Museum to gain a 'crown of glass': ...Canadian Museum of Nature...will see its front tower restored...in a $94-million restoration project - Barry Padolsky Associates; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects; Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr Architects [link to images]- Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

CCTV to get new home: Kool enough for Beijing? ...this balding, hawk-like, 59-year-old may have a great impact on Beijing's architectural future. - Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture- Xinhua News (China)

Young and defenseless: Preservationists begin to target interesting, everyday buildings too new to be landmarks but old enough for the wrecking ball. By Justin Davidson [images]- NY Newsday

Legal arguments on professional negligence: effect it will have on cases against builders, architects, engineers, supervisors and other building professionals will be of great significance...- Infolink (Australia)

Sustainability and roofing: its time has arrived- Professional Roofing magazine

Hopes are Ever Higher: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for High Line Master Plan Issued by Friends of the High Line and NYC- ArchNewsNow

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


-- Competition winner: Coop Himmelb(l)au: European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
-- Sneak preview: Schmidt, Hammer & Lassen: Århus Art Museum, Denmark
-- The Architect's Studio: Sketches by Glenn Murcutt
-- Book: Glenn Murcutt: A Singular Architectural Practice By Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper
-- Images: Makoto Sei Watanabe: K-Museum, Tokyo


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