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Today's News - April 28, 2004

One of Scotland's most acclaimed architects and hoteliers has died unexpectedly. -- Richard Florida of creative class fame answers his critics. -- A town in Kentucky imports its own creative class. -- Improving Brooklyn - at what cost? -- Chicago drags its feet in building pedestrian bridges. -- A railway bridge in Bolton, UK, has an all-too familiar arch. -- Ford's Rouge plant is all green. -- Boston leans on LEED standards. -- A Glasgow gem to be restored. -- Two thumbs-up for Brooklyn Museum and Lincoln Center re-do's. -- A gherkin as icon. -- Open mines in Scotland to be transformed into landscape art. -- Parking garages win big in Singapore. -- Conferences focus on design entrepreneurs and mega-projects. -- A new book explores Aegean architectural vernacular. -- Canadian research grants awarded.

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Obituary: Andrew Doolan: Shock as top Scots architect dies at 52- The Scotsman (UK)

The Great Creative Class Debate: Revenge of the Squelchers. By Richard Florida- The Next American City

Home is where the art is: Paducah, Ky., transforms a run-down neighborhood by luring artists with gallery, studio and living space; Movie palaces, ready for remake- Chicago Tribune

New Improved Brooklyn: A glittering skyline, waterfront condos, new jobs, Frank Gehry buildings galore...What’s wrong with this picture? [images, maps]- New York Magazine

Get moving on bridges: It is now time to raise red flags about the delays that threaten to turn Chicago's international design competition for Lake Shore Drive pedestrian bridges into a sad joke. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

A bridge too familiar? ...anyone viewing plans for a new railway bridge in the centre of Bolton could be forgiven a sense of déjà vu...it is "derivative" and "extremely crude" [image]- Manchester Online (UK)

New Vision for a New Century: Ford reinvents the Rouge: $2-billion plant aims to save jobs and planet - William McDonough- Detroit Free Press

‘Green’ Buildings Emerge in Boston - Frank O. Gehry & Associates; Stubbins Associates [image]- New York Times

£70,000 award will help in restoration of masterpiece: Glasgow's St Aloysius' RC Church - Charles Menart (1910); Ernst Scaufelberg (1927); Page/Park Architects- The Herald (Scotland)

Light Fantastic: A new entrance to the Brooklyn Museum and a plan to reinvent Lincoln Center’s north campus add sparkle and spaciousness to aging fortresses. By Joseph Giovannini - Polshek Partnership; WET Design; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Fox & Fowle [images]- New York Magazine

Modern Britain's instant icon: It's 25 years since the City of London last got a new office tower, and it's never had one like the Swiss Re skyscraper - known as the Gherkin... - Foster and Partners [images]- BBC (UK)

Landscape art casts aside ugly legacy of open mines in Scotland's central belt - Charles Jencks- The Herald (Scotland)

3 carparks win awards for ease of use and beauty...when the Singapore Institute of Architects gave out its annual 'Oscars' - CPG Consultants; Design Link Architects [image]- The Straights Times (Singapore)

Metropolis Magazine presents Design Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation II, May 17 @ ICFF- Metropolis Magazine

Atlantic Coast 'Mega Projects' Spotlighted During Construction Conference in Virginia May 12-13- Construction Institute

Book Review: "The Aegean Crucible: Tracing Vernacular Architecture in Post-Byzantine Centuries": ...most significant contribution is to the literature of architecture, specifically the vernacular.- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Power Corporation of Canada Award: Research Residencies for Master of Architecture Students- Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)


-- 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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