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Today's News - April 8, 2004

America's sprawling Utopias. -- Skyscrapers: time to focus on sustainability rather than grandiosity. -- Riverfront plans in Manhattan and Saskatoon. -- A call for design champions in health care design. -- San Diego stadium evokes Aztec ruins. -- Metro stations in New Delhi evoke the city's architectural heritage. --Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art -- a small project with big dreams. -- Awards for multifamily housing. -- Ireland's Top 10 young architects. -- Competition and survey deadlines and firms reshuffle on both sides of the Atlantic. -- Working with Kahn.

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Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia: The reality is that modern suburbia is merely the latest iteration of the American dream.- New York Times

The only way is down: The skyscraper has reached, and passed, the apex of its role in Western society, though nobody has told the Chinese...the big adventures in new buildings are now...about sustainability rather than grandiosity.- Sydney Morning Herald

The Far West Side [NYC]: An Urban Design Analysis - A Report by Regional Plan Association- Regional Plan Association

Saskatoon Riverfront plan has tremendous potential - CitySpaces Consulting [images]- The StarPhoenix (Canada)

Architect calls for LIFT design champions: ...to counter fears that the LIFT procurement method puts cost savings before design quality. - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris- Building (UK)

Petco Park top-notch -- but no splash hit: San Diego's new stadium evokes Aztec ruins more than baseball. By John King - Antoine Predock; HOK Sport [image]- San Francisco Chronicle

Now, yantras to rule over Delhi Metro mantra: ...has a new inspiration: Maharaja Jai Singh's 18th-century observatory - DMRC- Times of India

Right fit for art museum: The largest work of art in the new Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver's collection will be its new building. The architect ought to be either Norway's Craig Dykers/Snohetta, or Mexico's Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos. - Richard Gluckman; David Adjaye; Predock Frane; Rick Joy- Denver Post

NAHB Pillars of the Industry Award Winners Honor Excellence in Multifamily Housing- National Association of Home Builders

Ireland's 10 best young architects- The Dubliner

Call for Entries: RIAS Award for Architecture - Best Building in Scotland 2004; deadline: May 31- Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Call for nominations: Cleveland Arts Prize; deadline: May 10- Cleveland Arts Prize

Building Design & Construction's 2004 Giants Online Survey; deadline: April 13- Building Design & Construction magazine

Reshuffle at Foster and Partners in wake of Shuttleworth departure: Architect creates flexible six-division structure, with senior partners becoming less involved in specific projects- Building (UK)

Pair of Detroit architectural firms merge - Kessler/Francis /Cardoza; Gunnlevine Architects- Detroit Free Press

Interview: David Kahler 'Takes Five' re: Louis Kahn. By Whitney Gould- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Obituary: Pierre Koenig, 79, Architect, Modernist, Teacher- ArchNewsNow

Stately Restoration: New York State Capitol Assembly Chamber Floor: A treasure trove of 19th century design is restored and adapted for a 21st century democracy. - Françoise Bollack Architects- 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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