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Today's News - March 29, 2004

This week on ArcSpace: Koolhaas in Seattle; The Moderns in W. Hollywood; starchitect team re-imagines L.A.'s Grand Avenue (more below); Ando in Tokyo. -- Portland as a template for urban planning: perhaps WTC site and Olympic Village developers should visit? -- Can Toronto learn lessons from Vancouver's consultative design process? -- Was L.A.'s Grand Avenue symposium (see ArcSpace) unfair grandstanding? -- A movie star apprentice for Gehry. -- A movie studio in South Wales to have "real wow factor." -- Boston preservationists fear for churches. -- It's Ossies vs. Wessies in preserving Berlin's People's Palace. -- Are well-designed stairways the answer to helping us be flab-free? -- A New Urbanist community in Texas builds a "child-centric" school, while Cleveland is using $1.5 billion for new schools "so unimaginatively that it's 'on the verge of a major public architectural catastrophe.'" -- NYC hopes for "restorative new architecture" in Brooklyn and Harlem. -- Muschamp on Hadid: high praise indeed! -- The marvels of Delhi's Metro. -- The marvels of marble, brick, and stone as shower curtains and whirly-gigs. -- Airport art taken to new heights in Toronto.


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-- Nearing completion: Rem Koolhaas/OMA: Seattle Public Library
-- Exhibition installation: The Moderns, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood
-- Symposium: Reimagining Grand Avenue, Los Angeles (Gehry, Hadid, Cobb, Daly, et al)
-- Zaha Hadid, Pritzker Prize 2004 Laureate (as everybody else but a little different!)
-- Tadao Ando: International Library of Children's Literature, Tokyo



 Portland draws international urban planners: The city's reputation as a leader in green development attracts an increasing number of delegations- The Oregonian

At 9/11 Site, Balancing Reverence and Retailing: Callison Architecture...involved in the retail planning.By David W. Dunlap- New York Times

It Makes a Village? A look at the five high-design proposals floated to boost New York's Olympic Dreams. By Peter Slatin - Henning Larsens Tegnestue; MVRDV; Morphosis; Smith-Miller and Hawkinson; Zaha Hadid [images]- The Slatin Report

Mapping a blueprint for peace at the Art Gallery of Ontario: ...plans for a spectacular transformation... have been put into limbo. - Frank Gehry; Barton Myers- Toronto Star

Beyond the Edifice Complex: excitement and controversy swirl around the architectural redesigns of [Toronto's] major cultural institutions...widely consultative process favoured [by Vancouver Art Gallery] might not be a bad way to go. - Frank Gehry; Alsop Architects/Robbie Young + Wright Architects; Peter Cardew Architects; Machado and Silvetti Associates; Michael Maltzan Architecture- Globe and Mail (Canada)

A Grand Debate: Gehry Team Accused of Breaking Rank ...by hosting a symposium highlighting the Grand Avenue development...prompted accusations of grandstanding and undue influence by the competitors. By Sam Hall Kaplan - Gehry,/Hadid/Nouvel/Cobb; AC Martin; Jerde Partnership/Johnson Fain/Rios Clementi Hale Studios; David Childs/SOM/Brenda Levin/Howard Elkus/Gustafson Guthrie Nichols- LA Downtown News

Pitt gives movies the go-by to be Brad the builder: ...will serve an informal apprenticeship with Gehry...- Times of India

Sheppard Robson to design "Valleywood", a 50m Welsh film studio: masterplan by Holder Mathias- Building (UK)

Preservationists fear church closings: ...coalition...is trying to decide how best to reduce the likelihood that significant [Catholic church] buildings will be torn down. [slide show]- Boston Globe

Berliners torn on fate of East's People's Palace: A drive to raze the communist-era edifice stirs protest from those who insist it is historic- Chicago Tribune

Architects join fight against flab: Perhaps architects can help...by designing fat-fighting buildings which simply force you to walk more.- BBC (UK)

'Child-centric' schools: ...the old formula of "Stand and Deliver" a teacher before a class giving kids facts they'll be required to regurgitate is hopelessly outdated. By Neal Peirce - HKS; Prakash Nair- Seattle Times

Building on faith: The city is hoping that Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos can serve up a restorative new architecture in Brooklyn and Harlem. By Justin Davidson [slide show]- NY Newsday

Woman of Steel: Zaha Hadid should have broken into the world of major big-time builders years ago. By Herbert Muschamp [slide show]- New York Times

New milestone: Harvard course marvels at Delhi Metro- Indian Express

Building Materials As Art: National Building Museum exhibit that explores using old building materials in new ways...curated by Stanley Tigerman- CBS News

The White Zone Is for Loading and Unloading Art: Pearson International Airport in Toronto...has assembled a public-art program of arresting bravado. - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Moshe Safdie; Adamson Associates [images]- New York Times

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

 

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