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Today's News - March 25, 2004

Skyscrapers transforming London's skyline. -- A stadium to transform Manhattan's waterfront (maybe). -- A pedestrian bridge for Toronto's waterfront (maybe). -- Another ad-hoc student group wants its university to think green. -- Public housing: is Hope VI sick; can it be fixed; should it be deep-sixed? -- Can the "miracles of Curitiba" be repeated in Honolulu (and elsewhere)? -- Another Brutalist icon (this time in Connecticut) under threat? -- Holyrood architects thrown to the wolves (i.e. press). -- Gehry answers his hometown critics. -- On radio, Hadid waxes poetic and a critic questions; just for fun: cast your own vote. -- Blueprints of India's masterworks. -- Cheery weekend diversions: a book looks at the "mad, bad and dangerous" world of U.K. construction; in San Francisco and Pittsburgh: artful teardowns and post-industrial landscapes. -- On a lighter note: Ponti style back in vogue.

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Skyscrapers transforming [London] skyline: Despite gloomy forecasts...planning applications for high rise buildings continue to drop into authority in-trays. [links]- BBC (UK)

Kansas City company to design stadium in New York - Heinlein Schrock Stearns; Kohn Pedersen Fox [image]- Kansas City Star

Our own island Emerald Necklace: Lisa Rochon asks an award-winning architect to imagine a pedestrian bridge to Toronto's islands - Bob Davies/Montgomery Sisam Architects- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Council to advocate for greener Grounds: Newly-created ad-hoc committee to promote environmental design for new buildings...University is planning to invest more than $600 million in new construction and renovation projects- The Cavalier Daily (University of Virginia)

In Defense of the Threatened Hope VI Program: Grants dedicated to revitalizing distressed public housing are needed to correct flawed Federal housing policies of the past.- PLANetizen

The miracles of Curitiba [Brazil]: Jaime Lerner invited by Mayor Harris to bring a new enthusiasm for a sustainable and humane city design for the city of Honolulu: "The city is not a problem but a solution."- The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Architects Protect a Controversial Modern Building: 22-story monolith of rough concrete...To local architects, the brutalist structure is a work of sculpture. - I. M. Pei; Thomas E. Hall & Associates [image]- New York Times

Architect: [Holyrood] design team thrown to press...as a tactic to deflect blame from parliament's ruling body - Brian Stewart/RMJM; EMBT- The Herald (Scotland)

Is Gehry getting a 'bad rap'? The world-famous architect sounds off against critics who predict cost overruns and unnecessary destruction at the Art Gallery of Ontario- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Audio: Zaha Hadid Wins Pritzker Architectural Prize. By Edward Lifson [includes commentary by Hadid and Martin Filler]- National Public Radio

Cast your vote: Zaha Hadid, a worthy winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize?- Archiseek.com

Germans' blue prints of Indian wonders: volumes contain crucial information on architecture and design of all the famous buildings of the Indian sub-continent.- Times of India

Book Review: "Why is Construction so Backward?": An industry built upon the sand...It is hard to conclude from this impressive book that the UK construction industry is anything other than mad, bad and dangerous.- Financial Times (UK)

Built to Last: 'My Architect' director Nathaniel Kahn talks about finding his father in the monuments he left behind- City Pages (Minneapolis)

Close-ups of tearing down: Retrospective to show films of the late renegade artist and anti-architect Gordon Matta-Clark- San Francisco Chronicle

Compromising spaces: "Terrain Vague: Photography, Architecture and the Post-Industrial Landscape" in Carnegie Museum of Art's Heinz Architectural Center [image]- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The master from Milan: Gio Ponti's mid-century creations, which symbolize futuristic Italian design, are living la dolce vita again.- Los Angeles Times

Musical Catalyst: Detroit's Max M. Fisher Music Center sparks downtown redevelopment - Diamond and Schmitt Architects [images]- 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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