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Today's News - April 15, 2004

Birds and fish have a say at Ground Zero. -- The other 9/11 Memorial Park: don't accentuate the negative. -- A kick-start for Glasgow's ancient heart. -- A building boom in Jeddah but little encouragement for sustainable design ("flashy on the outside, poky on the inside"). -- A campaign for eco-friendly building in Scotland inspired by Scandinavian design. -- Bauhaus heritage in New Jersey. -- Chicago stadium makeover scores. -- Brooklyn Museum re-do has fans and foes ("It looks like an airport grafted onto the museum."). -- 500 years of fantasy architecture on show in London. -- Office of the future not such a fantasy anymore. -- "Blobitecture" a fantasy fad or the real shape of things to come. -- A team giving Irish architecture "balls." -- A new dean of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell. -- A feast for the eye and the palate at the Milan Furniture Fair. -- Czech furniture-maker is a hit with Ikea - and Buckingham Palace.

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Taking Account of Ecology at Ground Zero: Fish and birds...have been accounted for in the final environmental impact statement...And they may end up influencing some very large projects. By David W. Dunlap- New York Times

Planning Park, City Clams Up On ‘Negatives’: ...eyeing Memorial Park...a large white tent on the corner of East 30th Street and the F.D.R. Drive...occupied by refrigerated trailers that hold unidentified body parts found at the World Trade Center site...- New York Observer

£30m kick-start for city’s ancient heart: The run-down historic heart of Glasgow is to be transformed by shops and housing development. - Gholami Baines- The Herald (Scotland)

Boom in Construction Industry Changes Jeddah's Skyline: [but] a recent competition...for a sustainable Saudi house found little exposure in the media...homes continue to be flashy on the outside and poky on the inside, with little evidence that things are changing.- Arab News

Campaign to End North "Blight" of Kit Houses: a shift away from mass-produced, standard kit homes to environmentally-friendly designs using locally sourced materials.- Press and Journal (Scotland)

The Bauhaus connection: Roosevelt [New Jersey] housing has German roots [images]- The Examiner (New Jersey)

New-look Cellular stands out: Smaller upper deck, retro roof improve ballpark's appearance. By Blair Kamin - HKS- Chicago Tribune

Old Beaux's face-lift: Brooklyn Museum [$63 million] redo opens Saturday - Polshek Partnership [image]- NY Daily News

Back to the drawing board: If certain architects had had their way, Londoners would cross the Thames on a Diana memorial bridge - and Dutch pigs would live in tower blocks: "Fantasy Architecture: 1500-2036"- Guardian (UK)

Sneak Peeks at Tomorrow's Office: From wraparound computer screens to "electronic assistants" that summarize data, here's what you have to look forward to - IDEO; Steelcase- Business Week

Blobitecture: is design going pear-shaped? It could be a passing fad, or the shape of things to come...why amoeba-shaped architecture is all the rage- Irish Times

Architecture couple's inspired take on old and new: What Niall McCullough and Valerie Mulvin have been trying to do is to give Irish architecture "balls"... By Frank McDonald- Irish Times

Mohsen Mostafavi is named Architecture, Art & Planning dean at Cornell University- Cornell Chronicle

In Milan, Four-Star Inspiration: Adam D. Tihany...has organized "Dining Design," an indoor street lined with restaurants created by...10 design schools around the world. [images]- New York Times

Furniture-maker transforms office spaces: Czech furniture-maker Techo takes on major challenges after humble start- The Prague Post

Straight A's: Horace Mann Elementary School: A student "village" makes a good neighbor in the heart of San Jose's historic district. - Moore Ruble Yudell [images]- 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


-- 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


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