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Today's News - March 17, 2004

Construction materials that eat up pollution gain ground in Europe. -- Environmental concerns at Ground Zero. -- A "restoration ecologist" takes on green roofs everywhere. -- Cornell alums design a symbol of peace in the desert between Israel and Jordan. -- Low-cost high design on the Isle of Skye. -- "Architects are drunk with freedom" in China. -- Minarets and changing neighborhoods in Germany. -- Big dreams for old warehouses in Phoenix. -- Big plans (and big bucks) for Manhattan's west side hit a few snags. -- Laying down the law about water efficiency in Sydney. -- A native center proposed for Victoria Island. -- Ideas competition for Quebec waterfront. -- Times Square at 100. -- NYC's old and new brick and glass buildings. -- "The Crystal Palace comes close, very close, to being the single most influential piece of architecture ever built in Britain."

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EU Smart Construction Materials to Absorb Pollution- GreenBiz

Environment Heads the List of Trade Center Concerns- New York Times

Up on the Roof: The new Academy of Sciences will cap a trend toward green roofs. By John King - "restoration ecologist" Paul Kephart; Renzo Piano; William McDonough- San Francisco Chronicle

Architect's design for desert Library of Life symbolizes peaceful collaboration in Middle East: Bridging the Rift Center will be a symbol in the desert between Israel and Jordan - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- Cornell News

Wild and wonderful: These low-cost houses, designed for windswept, isolated areas, combine traditional appearance with stylish interiors. - Neil and Alasdair Stephen/Dualchas Building Design [images]- Telegraph (UK)

China's designer revolution is based on thoughts of mortgages, not Mao: "Architects here are drunk with freedom - this is the time for experimentation." - Daniel Nazdin; Adam Robarts; Antonio Ochao-Piccardo- Independent (UK)

Minarets Rise in Germany: A surge in the building of mosques is another sign of the transforming power of immigration...government is seeking more control over blueprints for larger mosques. - Mehmet Bayram- Los Angeles Times

Ex-New Yorker buys, hopes to preserve downtown warehouses: proposal for a large urban design studio and the prospects of more...redevelopment could lead to additional success- Phoenix Business Journal

Developer Balking Over Plans for West Side Convention Hotel: long-awaited plans for an expanded $2.8 billion convention and stadium corridor on Manhattan's far West Side have hit a snag- New York Times

Jets’ Offensive Geared Toward P.R. Conversion: stadium opponents have the disadvantage of facing a Mayor and a Governor who support the plan...- New York Observer

Water Efficient Design Conference in Sydney April 16- Archizine (Australia)

Study: Sustainable Water Management in Commercial Office Buildings- Institute for Sustainable Futures (Australia)

Architect proposes $85M native centre on Victoria Island: Douglas Cardinal's design includes museum and residence for elders- Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

Ideas Competition for the Montmorency Falls area, Quebec City; registration deadline: April 23; submission deadline: June 8- Archiseek (Canada)

Times Regained: How the old Times Square was made new.- New Yorker

Brick and Glass in New York Apartment Buildings: The history of some changing uses of traditional materials. - Richard Meier; SHoP Architects; Michael Graves; Rockwell Group; Robert A.M. Stern [images]- Slate

Le Corbusier's "herald of a new age": the enduring power of the Crystal Palace. An excellent exhibition, "Crystal Palace at Sydenham"... By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Case Study: HGA Stakes Its Claim in California- ArchNewsNow


-- Massimiliano Fuksas: Ferrari Management Headquarters, Maranello, Italy
-- Under construction: Santiago Calatrava: Liège Guillemins TGV Station, Liège, Belgium
-- Álvaro Siza: Meteorology Center, Barcelona
-- Book: Inside Africa By: Laurence Dougier and Frédéric Couderc


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