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Today's News - May 6, 2004

Three takes on Ground Zero development. -- NYC offers lessons on visions for San Francisco. -- Condo boom an answer to sprawl? -- Green affordable housing gaining ground. -- Shortlists grow shorter for Winnipeg museum and Kansas City arena. -- For some, plans for a crystal-topped cultural center in Hong Kong is not a sparkling idea. - One thumb up, one thumb down for Gehry's geek palace at MIT. -- New MoMA as museum, not "destination architecture." -- Michigan museum expansion gains millions. -- Utility shed as dream house in Rotterdam. -- First James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City winner looks at borders. -- New Cornell dean doesn't have to resign former post. -- Art Institute of Chicago loses curator.

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A Pause to Think: A jury's decision hinders the Ground Zero rebuilding plan. Maybe it's for the best.- Wall Street Journal

Is Silverstein Down to One At Zero Site? ...is unlikely to be the developer behind most of the office buildings at Ground Zero. - David Childs/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Daniel Libeskind; Santiago Calatrava; Jean Nouvel; Sir Norman Foster- New York Observer

No Mondey, No Love? The May 3 jury decision against Larry Silverstein’s lawsuit with the World Trade Center’s insurers finally sets the stage for clearer air. By Petr Slatin- The Slatin Report

Lessons on vision from New York: One is a memorial of loss, the other is a logic-defying exercise in speculative real estate. By John King - Frederick Schwartz; Santiago Calatrava; Michael Arad/Peter Walker; Libeskind; Childs/SOM- San Francisco Chronicle

Building Up California: A high-rise condo boom in San Diego may show the way out of a statewide housing and sprawl problem...a complete cure is still far off.- SF Weekly

Green Gets Real With Affordable Housing and Affordable Bills- New York Times

A museum of many subtexts: A surprising group has made the shortlist of architects vying for the chance to design Winnipeg's human rights museum. By Lisa Rochon - Saucier + Perrotte Architectes; Dan Hanganu/The Arcop Group; Antoine Predock- Globe and Mail (Canada)

All-star KC team to face arena design competition: Plan interests famous architect - Frank Gehry/Crawford Architects; Ellerbe Becket/HOK Sport/CDFM2/Heinlein Schrock Stearns- Kansas City Star

Crowning glory: A proposed arts and entertainment project in Hong Kong that would have the world’s largest roof structure is under attack by critics- Norman Foster- The Star (Malaysia)

Frank Gehry's Geek Palace: It's eye-popping! It's brand-building! It's a boundary-busting intellectual free trade zone! Inside the research center that could remake MIT...- Wired magazine

After buildup, MIT Stata Center is a letdown - Frank Gehry- Boston Globe

The Modern's Cool New Box: Displaying Art, Not Fighting It - Yoshio Taniguchi; Kohn Pedersen Fox [images]- New York Times

University of Michigan Museum of Art Receives $10 Million from Frankel Foundation to Name New Wing - Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture- Art Museum Network News

The Taming of the Shed: Wim Kloosterboer, a Dutch architect, has transformed an old concrete-block utility shed in Rotterdam into the house of his dreams. [images]- New York Times

CCA Announces Winner of James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City Competition: Teddy Cruz of San Diego- Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)

Dean Voted Out of Old Post: London's Architectural Association School of Architecture chose not to re-elect Cornell College of Architecture, Art and Planning new leader after 10 years - Mohsen Mostafavi- Cornell Daily Sun

Architectural curator to quit Art Institute of Chicago - John Zukowsky- Chicago Tribune


-- Competition: Architecture+ Awards 2004: Design for a New World; registration deadline: May 15
-- 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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