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Today's News - April 1, 2004

Italian highway plans endanger villas and Italian landscapes. -- California apartments worth saving say some. -- Renaissance for Lincoln Center and New Orleans piazza. -- The Western-style legacy of Chinese architects. -- Cobb and Gehry gear up for university projects. -- Modernist modularity moving into the mainstream. -- New homes reflect anti-social architecture…"good for the dysfunctional family." -- A Modernist rarity opens to the public in the U.K. - Poor office habits hard to break (good furniture helps). -- Lester Dundes Memorial Fund established. -- New book series looks at New Zealand architects. -- Faking Places (we couldn't resist…Happy April Fools Day!).

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Val-disaster-co: [Italian] Highway proposal threatens Palladian villas & landscapes [images]- International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)

Apartments Deemed Worth Saving: Preservationists and residents work to list Venice buildings on a national registry: ...designed by a team led by a black architect — a rarity in the 1940s - Ralph Vaughn- Los Angeles Times

A Major Step Forward for Lincoln Center Plan: ...a $325 million overhaul of the campus's main artery... - Diller + Scofidio- New York Times

Ruins to Renaissance: [New Orleans'] Piazza d'Italia's dark age is over - Charles Moore; Perez & Associates; Allen Eskew- The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

The legacy of Chinese architects: It's a little-known fact that many of Shanghai's pre-1949 Western-style buildings are the work of China's first generation of architects. - Lu Qianshou; Yang Xiliu; Fan Wenzhao; Zhao Shen; etc.- Shanghai Daily

University hires architect to redesign Butler as four-year college - Henry Cobb/Pei Cobb Freed and Partners- Daily Princetonian

University of Connecticut Has Q&A With Gehry: Architect Describes Design...$90 million School of Fine Arts complex. - Frank Gehry; Herbert S. Newman- Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

Factory Fresh: Interstately Homes: The dream of a cutting-edge prefabricated modern house is inching closer to reality. - Oskar Leo Kaufmann; Lot-Ek; Rocio Romero; Kohn Shnier Architects; MKarchitecture [slide show]- New York Times

Interview: Michelle Kaufmann of MK Architecture about Glidehouse [images]- fabprefab

More home floor plans divide and conquer: ...new antisocial architecture is partly a backlash against the enforced camaraderie of the residential layouts of the '80s and '90s...- Star-Telegram (Dallas/Ft. Worth)

In Britain, to the Bauhaus Born: Homewood, one of the country's architectural rarities: a high-style Modernist house...opened to the public for the first time - Patrick Gwynne (1938); Avanti Architects [slide show]- New York Times

British study: Poor Office Habits May Impact Pain and Productivity But Workers Aren’t Ready to Change" “Irritable Desk Syndrome”- ErgoWeb

IIDA Foundation Establishes Lester Dundes Memorial Fund: A beloved industry leader and former long-time publisher of Interior Design Magazine, Dundes touched many in the industry.- Interior Design E-Wire

Architectus: No ordinary coffee table book: Books on contemporary New Zealand architects are rare...- National Business Review (New Zealand)

Faking Places: Bye Bye Big Box: Surprise! Wal-Mart's next big idea is to go smaller; Ice rink tops list of amenities proposed by residents of Hell; Jane Jacobs will soon replace Alexander Hamilton on the ten dollar bill...and much more...- Project for Public Spaces

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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