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Today's News - March 31, 2004

Public relations nightmares for eminent domain claims in New Jersey and a sports arena in Brooklyn. -- Nightmarish plans for U.S. towers foiled. -- Daunting curatorial challenges for Ground Zero museum. -- Housing crisis in Riyadh: possible solutions in "Modern Saudi House" competition winners. -- Some solutions for U.K. housing crisis found in small projects show in London. -- Team selected to revive derelict Irish pier. -- A new aquarium for Niagara Falls. -- Asian University for Women in Bangladesh gets design help from U.S. students. -- Winning student designs for Pittsburgh waterfront. -- Green buildings going more mainstream. -- A new Sklyon for London skyline? Canadian Centre for Architecture seeks director's successor. -- Fay Jones gathers his thoughts and archives. -- High-design for public toilets in Australia and U.K. (the next "big thing" in architectural project types?). -- Arad in Milan.

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Testing the Boundaries of Eminent Domain: Redevelopment plans for Long Branch, New Jersey include the seizing of old homes to make room for new ones.- New York Times

Nets arena plan may be scaled back to preserve housing: Hoping to quiet some public outcry...Frank Gehry [asked] to shift the plan's footprint to save some homes [slide show]- NY Newsday

Chicago, L.A. towers were next targets- Washington Times

Oh, the Stories These Mute Pieces Could Tell: Bringing all the artifacts from Sept. 11 into consideration, it becomes clear just how daunting it will be to curate for the...museum planned at ground zero. By David W. Dunlap [images]- New York Times

Housing Crisis Looms in Riyadh: ...second symposium on housing...occasion was to honor the winners of an international competition to design sustainable and affordable housing... - Luca Donner; Matthias Schoberth; Mukhtar Al-Rafai- Arab News

Elastic thinking: Simon Conder's rubber-clad cottage shows the best way out of our housing crisis...With Simon Conder, Rural Studio and other light-footed designers, we might yet choose to think imaginatively, incrementally - and small. By Jonathan Glancey [image]- Guardian (UK)

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company selects Urban Capital / heneghan.peng.architects...to redevelop the derelict Carlisle Pier [image]- Irish-architecture.com

Bregman + Hamann to Design New Aquarium for Niagara Falls- Canadian Architect

Architecture Students Plan Asian University: MIT and Rhode Island School of Design...helping to design a campus for the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh.- The Tech (MIT)

Arizona State Bests Harvard, MIT, and Stanford/UC Berkeley with “Destination Allegheny” — A Redesign of Pittsburgh Riverfront Site in ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition [links to images]- Urban Land Institute

Buildings designed in cool shades of 'green': Whether the tag is "eco-friendly," "sustainable" or "high-performance," green buildings are going mainstream in a big way.- USA Today

Skylon spire may return to London skyline - Sir Philip Powell; Ian Ritchie [image]- Guardian (UK)

Nicholas Olsberg Retires After 15 Years of Ground-breaking Service at Canadian Centre for Architecture- Art Museum Network News

Award-winning architect Fay Jones preparing his legacy: ...wants to be remembered for his art, not his accolades. (AP)- Picayune Item (Mississippi)

Toilet block flushes out problems: could be set for an award from the British Toilet Association. - Freeland Rees Roberts- Cambridge Daily News (UK)

Top Ten Commercial Toilet awards: The winners have all been designed by architects for public buildings - Bates Smart; Cox Richardson; Harry Seidler & Associates et al- Infolink (Australia)

Ron Arad to present "Lo-rez-dolores-tabula-rasa" - a futuristic work in in Corian® in Milan April 15-19- Media-Globe

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


-- 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


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