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Today's News - April 21, 2004

New Jersey tests a new anti-sprawl system. -- The positive ripple effects of Boston's Big Dig. -- In Moscow: demolition as preservation, and historic metro station in jeopardy. -- Form follows changing function in research facilities. -- Conference explores integrating sustainability and design. -- California students design for a Guatemalan community. -- Difficult choice for a church: adapt and preserve or tear down. - Britain's newest concert hall gleams. -- Understated elegance for a new museum wing. -- Ugly office buildings transformed in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. -- Toronto's newest air terminal a sight for weary travelers' eyes. -- Holyrood (again): exterior staircase "like a giant air cooler stuck on the back of the building - or even a public lavatory." -- An architect breaks through racial barriers. -- Another sheds his father's legacy. -- Ontario architects honored. -- Mum's the word on Wright Foundation president's ousting.

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For New Jersey Towns, an Experiment: Putting Growth Here, Not There: a new antisprawl system being tested - Clarke Caton Hintz- New York Times

Big Dig's Ripples Extend Far Past Downtown Boston - Kenneth J. Greenberg- New York Times

How Moscow's reconstruction is putting profit before preservation: "Only in Moscow is demolition called restoration."- Independent (UK)

Architects: Grandest Metro Faces Collapse: ...if top-to-bottom renovations aren't carried out soon...widely considered to be the most architecturally impressive "underground palace." - Alexei Dushkin [images]- Moscow Times (Russia)

Architecture aids research: Form begins to fit function.- The Chronicle (Duke University)

'Organic architecture' highlighted at HOPES [Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability] conference - Eric Lloyd Wright; Edward Blake Jr.; Ananya Roy- Oregon Daily Emerald

Class designs Guatemalan community center and school: ...designs that students present this weekend will likely be considered radical to the project’s potential funders.- Stanford Daily (California)

West-Park church mulls its own redevelopment: faces preserving its 1889 building, or turning it into apartments...enlisted architects Peter Samton and Page Ayres Cowley...to fashion a financially viable renovation plan.- NY Daily News

Sage Gateshead shows its metal: The final gleaming panel has been dropped into place on the steel roof of Britain's newest concert hall - Norman Foster- Guardian (UK)

An elegant vessel for artwork: From expansive windows to intentional disorder in design, the $15M Nassau County Museum of Art wing flatters and inspires. By Justin Davidson - Peter Marino- NY Newsday

Ugly Office Buildings Get New Lease on Life: ...boxy office towers built in the Nixon era...carved up into deep and narrow apartments shaped more like recreational vehicles than homes. - Cetra/Ruddy Architects; John Reed; David Schwarz- Wall Street Journal

Inches of brilliance enliven Terminal 1's same old, same old: Public art, even against grey skies, is a sight for a weary traveller's eyes. By Lisa Rochon - Moshe Safdie; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Pentagram- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Hard stairs for ugly 'air cooler' at parliament: a three-storey overhanging extension...to house a staircase...[and] a series of diagonal stainless steel gutters...condemned as a "square excrescence" - Enric Miralles- The Scotsman (UK)

Breaking Molds, and Then Designing New Ones: At least he felt welcome when he became Davis Brody Bond's first and only black partner... - J. Max Bond Jr.- New York Times

Architect Sheds Father's Legacy in China: Shanghai is often described as the biggest building site in the world. Architect Albert Speer, Jr., has risen to the challenge, and he's put an uncomfortable family connection behind him- Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Ontario Association of Architects Announces the Winners of the 2004 OAA Awards [links to images]- Archiseek (Canada)

Wright foundation ousts president; both sides mum- Arizona Republic

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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