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Today's News - April 27, 2004

Portland (and the rest of us) loses a visionary planner. -- International visionaries creating the "explosive, deliriously ambitious, brazenly inventive climate" in China. -- Real-world development undermining planners' land-use smarts. -- A Florida developer making a success of making homogeny a no-no (hope for suburban (h)ills?). -- The same-old same old plans for Sydney site, despite the starchitects. -- A study finds too many American cities have no place to play. -- The world's largest landfill will be a great place to play. -- A Polish architect (and a lot of real estate experts) has high hopes - and cautions about joining the EU. -- Melbourne celebrates "courageous yet understated contemporary architecture." -- World War II memorial a "monument to blah…banality, an inert plaza dressed with off-the-shelf symbols of grief and glory." -- A comeback stadium that represents more than just business. -- The end of Orchids and Onion Awards? Not everyone is crying. -- Sarasota celebrates its contemporary Modernists. -- Wanted: a loving owner for an important piece of Scottish history. -- Can't afford a trip to China's Forbidden City? Head to Texas.

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Obituary: Ernie Bonner, 71: Planner of downtown Portland's renaissance also played large roles in affordable housing and maintaining pedestrian-friendliness. By Randy Gragg- The Oregonian

Soaring Ambitions: The world's most visionary architects are rebuilding China. Inside the aesthetic revolution..the explosive, deliriously ambitious, brazenly inventive climate... - Abraham; Koolhaas; Foster; Hadid; Andreu; Herzog + de Meuron; HLW; Hillier; SOM; Zhang Gong; etc.- Time Asia

Op-Ed: Transportation, Land Use and Economies of Scale: While planners strive to enhance the transportation-land use configuration to minimize travel and transportation infrastructure...larger-scale businesses and services may be counteracting these initiatives.- PLANetizen

A New Foundation: Tampa developer Bill Bishop...desire to break free from the monotony of conventional suburban development...Homogeny is a no-no...- Tampa Tribune (Florida)

Just a few ways to pack them in: A contest over [Kent/Carlton Brewery] site has thrown up remarkably similar designs. By Elizabeth Farrelly - ARM; Bates Smart; Cox Richardson/Alexander Tzannes; Hassell; Richard Francis-Jones- Sydney Morning Herald

Trust for Public Land Study: "No Place to Play: A Comparative Analysis of Park Access": Los Angeles fared worst among the areas evaluated...Newark and New York ranked comparatively well.- Trust for Public Land

Fresh Thrills: Once the world’s largest landfill, Fresh Kills is on its way to becoming [New York City's] newest playground. - Field Operations [images]- The Architect's Newspaper

From the experts: Poland's EU accession is one of the biggest events in the EU's history... - Jerzy Szczepanik-Dzikowski/JEMS Architects [scroll down]- Warsaw Business Journal (Poland)

Victoria University Law School: ...courageous yet understated contemporary architecture. It takes risks and they pay off. By Norman Day - Peter Elliott [image]- The Age (Australia)

A Monument to Blah: World War II veterans finally have a memorial on the Mall of the capital. If only it were a great one. By Richard Lacayo - Friedrich St. Florian- Time Magazine

Comeback for a Negro Leagues shrine: Paterson [New Jersey] plans to restore one of the circuit's last surviving ballparks. Hinchliffe Stadium will be the centerpiece of a $25 million sports-business academy... (AP)- Philadelphia Inquirer

Hold the Onions? Well, yes and no: The Orchids & Onions awards program – San Diego's annual raves and roasts devoted to architecture, planning and landscaping – is wilting and may disappear altogether...- San Diego Union-Tribune

Modernism: The Next Generation: "Thoroughly Modern" tour features houses and commercial buildings designed since 1990. - Guy Peterson; Dale Parks; Don Chapell; Alfonso Architects; Arquitectonica [images]- Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Alexander "Greek" Thomson's house for sale: Wanted: loving owner to care for and adore one of Scotland's most prestigious addresses.- The Herald (Scotland)

Texas' Little-Known 'Forbidden City': Houston Suburb Houses Replica of Chinese Emperor's Burial Tomb [image/audio]- National Public Radio


-- Steven Holl Architects: Beijing Looped Hybrid, Beijing, China
-- Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Fox and Fowle Architects: Street of the Arts, Lincoln Center, New York City
-- Book: Digital Hadid: Landscapes in Motion By Patrik Schumacher
-- Santiago Calatrava: Tenerife Concert Hall, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
-- Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas: Emporio Armani, Hong Kong
-- Nearing completion: NOX, Son-O-House, Son en Breugel, The Netherlands


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