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Today's News - April 29, 2004

Add the word "green" to new urbanism and contract interiors. -- Fabulous prefab going mainstream. -- Amphibian houses ready to float. -- An 11-year-old high school proves large new schools don't have to look like corporate campuses. -- Corrugated iron as architectural, historic, and social icon. -- Another thumbs-up for London's glorious gherkin. -- Landmarks renewed in San Francisco, Winston-Salem, and St. Louis. -- Another museum for Manhattan. -- Making small gems from small orphaned spaces. -- Design mood index on the upswing. -- Vote for Masters of Design.

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LEEDing by Example: Making Environmentalism More Urban: With two of six platinum green building designations to their names, CNU members lead the way to a more sustainable, more urban future - Farr & Associates; Moule Polyzoides- Congress for the New Urbanism

New LEED Standards Will Apply to Contract Interiors- Interior Design E-Wire

They're All Absolutely Prefabulous: ...a new generation of architects is making prefab more fun. By Richard Lacayo - Resolution: 4 Architecture; Rocio Romero; Office of Mobile Design- Time Magazine

Absolutely Prefabulous photo essay- Time Magazine

Dutch home builders try a new tactic against rising tides: amphibian houses. (AP)- Environmental News Network

Keep kids in mind when building a school: ...renderings...show a big-box retail complex cleverly disguised as a nicely landscaped corporate pharmaceutical headquarters...talk to Martin Blumberg [who] designed Atlantic City High School...a magnificent building- Bucks County Courier Times

Corrugated iron in the Scottish soul: Churches, palaces and castles may signal the grand shifts in power, but workers cottages, sheds and factories show how the majority lived and died.- The Herald (Scotland)

Glory of the Gherkin: Norman Foster’s controversial skyscraper finally opened its doors. Giles Worsley explores this supremely skilful addition to London’s skyline [images]- Telegraph (UK)

New face for flamboyant 'landmark': The Cliff House-to-be is living proof of how far the preservation movement has come in the past 40-plus years. By John King - Reid Brothers (1909); Brayton + Hughes Design Studio; C. David Robinson Architects- San Francisco Chronicle

When Tobacco Was King: Seventy-five years ago, R.J. Reynolds built a monument to the era - Shreve & Lamb (1929) [slide show]- Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina)

That ’70s Show: In New Orleans, the third act begins on a famous outdoor stage: Piazza d’Italia - Charles Moore/August Perez & Associates; Hewitt Washington and Associates [image]- Landscape Architecture

At Bowling Green, a Museum for All Sports: $60 million National Sports Museum...is being planned for the former Standard Oil Building, a landmark in Lower Manhattan. By David W. Dunlap - Beyer Blinder Belle [image]- New York Times

Pockets of orphaned land are opportunities for lively design...how the places we avoid can become the places where we want to be. By Whitney Gould - La Dallman Architects; Engberg Anderson Design Partnership/Mary Miss [image]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milan's Leading Indicators: Design Mood Index Shows Gains In Color, Wit And Playfulness. By Linda Hales- Washington Post

Vote: Masters of Design - William McDonough; J Mays/Ford; Adrian van Hooydonk/Designworks; Robyn Waters/Target; Yves Béhar/fuseproject- Fast Company


-- 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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