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Today's News - March 4, 2004

Artful - or vulgar - plans for an historic Moscow neighborhood: "…another example of the scars millionaires are inflicting on the city's skyline." -- Canada gets serious about brownfield redevelopment. -- San Diego gets serious about smart growth. -- Beirut gets its groove back. -- Not even the architect is happy with Toronto's "pathetic" ferry port. -- Mixing classic and contemporary can enliven urban fabric. -- Miami has high hopes for a "cathedral" of trade. -- A shortlist for Scripps Florida project and some disappointed competitors. -- Affordable housing exhibition offers examples of "exemplary architecture, urban design and sustainability." -- Builders and buyers getting greener. -- April is National Landscape Architecture Month. -- Digital models the way of the future. -- Shortlist for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center. -- Jury named for New Jersey 9/11 memorial - and entries still sought.

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[Dutch] Architect's homage to Russian painters piques critics: ...five blocks of luxury flats, each decorated in the style of a Russian artist. - Eric van Egeraat [image]- Guardian (UK)

Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) Officially Launched: ...objective is to accelerate brownfield redevelopment- Environmental News Network

City of Villages is San Diego’s Version of Smart Growth: five demonstration projects approved [images & links to details]- Land Development Today

Beirut Gets Its Groove Back: ...booming with architectural projects by Philippe Starck, Jean Nouvel and other boldface European designers...Annabel Karim Kassar is a star player in this renaissance. [images]- New York Times

Toronto ferry port a pathetic afterthought: Quickly and cheaply designed, the terminal is embarrassing ...principal of ZAS Architects...provoked enough by the lack of vision...project to want to speak out. By Lisa Rochon- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Opinion: Board of Architectural Review more concerned with design substance than style: ...the existing fabric of the city is only enhanced by counterpoint... By Samuel S. Logan- Charleston Post and Courier

Miami offers two shore sites for free trade headquarters: ...a "cathedral of diplomacy and trade," ...as the centerpiece for bid to become the headquarters of the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas - Spillis Candela DMJM- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Scripps Florida draws top architects: a short list of four - Cesar Pelli; Rafael Viñoly; Zeidler Partners; Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Affordable Housing That's So Nice to Come Home To: a new exhibition at the National Building Museum. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Easy on the eyes and the environment: The number of environmentally friendly new homes is increasing, as builders - and buyers - 'go green.'- Christian Science Monitor

ASLA Declares April 2004 National Landscape Architecture Month- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

For New Buildings, Digital Models Offer an Advance Walk-Through: ...physical models would always have a place. [images]- New York Times

Nine Teams Shotlisted for Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Center - Ann Beha Architects; Allied Works Architecture; Architecture Research Office; Davis Buckley Architects; Gwathmey Siegel; Michael Graves & Associates; Polshek Partnership; Rafael Viñoly Architects; Voorsanger Architects- Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

8 to screen designs for New Jersey 9/11 memorial: Jury to winnow 550 entries submitted thus far; registration deadline: April 1; submissions due April 30 - Stan Allen; Nikki Stern; Mikyoung Kim; Frederic Bell; etc.- The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

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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