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Today's News - April 12, 2004

ArcSpace visits museums, exhibitions, and Gehry's new office. -- Trends in low-income housing (the 'burbs becoming popular?). -- Architects take it on the chin about non-contextual, faux-historic, mediocre, and Brutalist architecture from Edinburgh and London to Milwaukee and Seattle. -- Corbu's Marseille experiment: what works, what doesn't (and a lot of bad imitations). -- Houston on the move to save its Modernist heritage. -- For sale: Wright-inspired architectural eccentricity in Oklahoma City; requires "a real pioneer mentality." -- On the bright side: San Francisco's Best of the Bay award winners bedazzle. -- Denver museum a work of art in its own right. -- An Archigram alumnus stirs things up in Beirut. -- New libraries energizing downtown landscapes everywhere. -- New San Diego ballpark distills the essence of the city. -- Exhibition of architectural drawings are three-dimensional dreams. -- Oz has relocated to Asia. -- Frank Lloyd Wright: the musical.

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-- Opening: Polshek Partnership Architects: Entry Pavilion and Plaza, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
-- Exhibition: Jørn Utzon: The Architect¹s Universe, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark
-- Gehry Partners: New offices, Marina del Rey, California
-- Newly opened: Skyscraper Museum, New York City
-- Five Finalists: NYC 2012 Olympic Village

 Analysis: Siting Affordable Housing: Location and Neighborhood Trends of Low Income Housing Tax Credit Developments in the 1990s- Brookings Institute

Have architects cracked? ...a worse crime to out-of-context development [is] bad imitation...mock styles [image]- The Scotsman (UK)

Downtown hotel developers could be squandering a chance to shine: Alas, "safe" is the word that comes to mind on viewing the preliminary design. By Whitney Gould - Engberg Anderson Design Partnership [image]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mediocre apartment-retail building misses an opportunity to be a star: ...blindly mimics but does not grasp the lessons of the past. By Sheri Olson - Weber + Thompson- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This means war: It looks like a fortress and has gun-slits for windows. Is Cambridge's new court a symptom of terror-blighted Britain? By Jonathan Glancey - Austin-Smith:Lord [image]- Guardian (UK)

Just don't try building this at home: Le Corbusier's Marseille experiment [Unité d'habitation] a tribute to his genius and his limitations. By Christopher Hume- Toronto Star

Modern memories: Will Houston find its true past in the '50s and '60s? [images]- Houston Chronicle

Citizens Tower for sale: Oklahoma City's Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architectural eccentricity will be auctioned Wednesday...Conversion wouldn't be easy..."It would take a real pioneer mentality to do the project" - Bozalis & Roloff (1966)- The Oklahoman

The Best of the Bay: 2004's American Institute of Architects' San Francisco Design Awards [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Art for art's sake: Computer-aided architecture paints framework, making Denver Art Museum addition a sculpture in its own right. By Mary Voelz Chandler - Daniel Libeskind; Davis Partnership [links to images]- Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

"It's intriguing to be in a city that's rediscovering itself": Famous architect discusses art, architecture and Beirut. The purpose of his visit was largely, and by his own admission, to stir things up on the architecture scene here. - Peter Cook (Archigram)- Daily Star (Lebanon)

Shhh! Libraries leading downtown revitalization: For dozens of U.S. cities in the past 15 years, new downtown libraries have been unlikely — but surprisingly effective — tools for energizing urban neighborhoods.- Kansas City Star

Petco Park packs in energy, excitement and essence of San Diego: new downtown ballpark is so intriguingly designed that it demands exploration. By Ann Jarmusch - Antoine Predock; HOK Sport; Andrew Spurlock [images]- San Diego Union-Tribune

Drawing in Two Dimensions, Dreaming In Three: "Envisioning Architecture -- Drawings From the Museum of Modern Art" at the National Building Museum. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

The Emerald Megacities of Southeast Asia: Peter Bialobrzeski photographs...a vision of Oz beset by a population explosion and invaded by real estate developers who have tripped out on sorbet. [images]- New York Times

Play brings Frank Lloyd Wright's work to life: 'Renewing Wright' tells the story of the architect's 32-year friendship with a businessman who saved him more than once from financial ruin. (AP)- Miami Herald

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


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