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Today's News - April 20, 2004

New urbanism comes to Perth Amboy waterfront. -- Defending old neighborhoods from teardowns - street by street. -- Architecture at the heart of "healthy hospital syndrome." -- It's a Koolhaas day. -- World War II memorial ready to open, but it's not everything the architect dreamed. -- Edinburgh memorial ready to be completed? -- An intriguing Welsh opera house (if not in name). -- Big plans for Birmingham, UK, station. -- A second Maggie's Centre in South Wales - and maybe a Gehry twist added to Manhattan skyline. -- Design challenges, old and new, for schools and libraries. -- The first hydrogen-powered house (and it looks good, too!). -- Designer prefab making (affordable) waves. -- Architecture student makes the grade with Saatchi.

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'New Urbanism' Is Driving a Big Waterfront Project: Perth Amoby...old naval center holds the key to the future. - Liebman Melting Partnership- New York Times

Defending Old Neighborhoods Against Teardowns Requires Careful Planning. By Roger K. Lewis- Washington Post

Health and efficiency: Hospitals are not generally noted for aesthetics. Healthy hospital syndrome...and architecture is right at the heart of it. By Jay Merrick - Burnet, Tait & Lorne (1937); John McAslan + Partners; Avanti Architects; Anshen Dyer- Independent (UK)

One For The Books: A new public library by Rem Koolhaas is surprising and bold. It comes just in time for the troubled architect. By Richard Lacayo - Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)/LMN Architects [image]- Time Magazine

Going Dutch: Can Rem Koolhaas hold onto the title of world's most influential architect? By Christopher Hawthorne [slide show essay]- Slate

WWII Memorial: Remember: architect still feels the pain while savoring the triumph of his creation - Friedrich St. Florian [links to virtual tour & interview]- Providence Journal

Architect flags up plan to finish 'Edinburgh's Disgrace': ...unveiled plans to complete the unfinished "Parthenon" on Calton Hill. - Malcolm Fraser- The Scotsman (UK)

After Zaha: the intriguing anti-modern Welsh opera house that dare not speak its name. By Hugh Pearman - Percy Thomas; Zaha Hadid [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Alsop Architects set to get green light for £330m Birmingham station [image]- Building (UK)

Frank Gehry is to design his second Maggie's cancer centre in Britain, this time in Swansea, South Wales.- Building (UK)

Tower Would Create Residences, And Space for Pace University: ...would almost certainly add a twist to the Lower Manhattan skyline... - Frank Gehry- New York Times

Schools and Libraries Confront Design Challenges: a new college library that is meeting "green" building standards, and a "new" elementary school that is actually 53 years old and has been closed for 18 years. - Mitchell/Giurgola Architects; Steven Winters & Associates; Bates & Masi; Spector Group- New York Times

Powered by the sun and hydrogen: house the first in the world that is fully self-sustainable and runs entirely on hydrogen. - Shah Jaafar [images]- The Star (Malaysia)

Designer prefabs could ease Marin housing woes: Glidehouse...an affordable, modern, energy-efficient, eco-conscious "green" home with clean, simple modular lines. - Michelle Kaufmann, Kevin Cullen- Marin Independent Journal (California)

It's a novel approach: Charles Saatchi and Mafka are building a reputation for architecture student Dan Brady- The Times (UK)

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


-- 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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