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Today's News - May 12, 2004

Jane Jacobs as eloquent as ever with darkly titled book, "Dark Age Ahead." -- Is China "an experimental playground" for foreign architects, or "a living experiment" in constructing 21st century cities? -- Perhaps it's a case of "horror vacui, or fear of emptiness." -- Housing "with a high groovy and glamor quotient for rock-bottom prices": prefab just gets hotter and hotter. -- Award winner has solution for leftover remnants of Boston's Big Dig: Beautiful, sustainable housing. -- Green roof conference heading to Oregon. -- What happened to the big plans (and money) for Ground Zero? -- Plan A for Pasadena convention center expansion scrapped for Plan B because it won't look like an "architectural experiment" 20-30 years from now (maybe they should visit China?). -- An "Opportunity Center" has high hopes to help "to stop the spiral of homelessness." -- Florida project will not be "standard South Florida fare." -- Milwaukee and university to share architect. -- Edinburgh's design champion gets a deputy. -- Auckland architect wants to save its historic heart. -- New design magazines in Israel not really up to snuff. -- Scottish landscape wins big. -- New book examines what's wrong in the construction industry - and offers some imaginative solutions.

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So long, civilization: Jane Jacobs looks at what modern life has done to cities, farms and economies, and she doesn't like what she sees. By John King- San Francisco Chronicle

Cities and Songs: Jane Jacobs, the matchless analyst of all things urban, returned to New York the other day and looked around her.- New Yorker

What the future holds for Beijing's architecture: ...will continue to be a world hot spot for avant-garde architecture, and a living experiment in the construction of a twenty first century city. - Beijing Institute of Architecture and Design; Norman Foster; Herzog & De Meuron; PTW; Ove Arup; Rem Koolhaas/OMA; Paul Andreu; Zaha Hadid [images]- Xinhua News (China)

Enough is ... enough: Alas...many architects still grow fidgety at the sight of a plain white wall, much less an empty plot of land. By Arrol Gellner- San Francisco Chronicle

The Fab New World of Prefab Houses: San Francisco architect brings eco-friendly, modernist design to the average home buyer: Glidehouse - Michelle Kaufmann; Resolution:4Architecture; Roccio Romero [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Metropolis Next Generation Winner: Single Speed Design...proposal to transform remnants from the Big Dig, Bostonís $15 billion public works project, into beautiful, sustainable housing. [images]- Metropolis Magazine

Second Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards and Trade Show in Portland, Oregon, June 2-4- Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Downtown funds go pffft: There'll be little left for rebuilding after Port Authority & lawyers get paid: What happened to those grand post-9/11 pledges to rebuild lower Manhattan?- NY Daily News

Plans for new [$71 million Pasadena Conference Center expansion] unveiled: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership's modern-style buildings too exotic for [council's] tastes...Fentress, Bradburn Architects latest design with an eye toward the other historic buildings...- Pasadena Star News

'Opportunity Center,' being built near campus to stop the spiral of homelessness - Robert Quigley [image]- Stanford Report (California)

Concept plan for Scripps revealed: "It is not going to be standard South Florida fare." - Zeidler Partnership; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson- Palm Beach Post

Barrett picks University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Bob Greenstreet as city's architect: Town-gown partnership would share dean's services...an arrangement believed to be the first of its kind in the nation... By Whitney Gould- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Deputy for city design champion: Riccardo Marini appointed second-in-command to new design champion Sir Terry Farrell.- The Scotsman (UK)

Architect out to save heart of Auckland: Historic preservationist Allan Matson believes short-sighted developers out for easy money are ruining Auckland's heart.- New Zealand Herald

Not exactly the last word: The proliferation of Israeli design magazines reflects increased interest but also calls for old-fashioned caution. Caveat emptor.- Ha`aretz (Israel)

Scottish land sculpture takes top prize: Landform by Charles Jencks wins £100,000 Gulbenkian museums prize, the richest single prize in the arts. [image]- Guardian (UK)

Building for the future: The central complaint of the polemical new book "Why is Construction so Backward?," by Woudhuysen and Abley, is that construction policy and the construction industry are shackled by narrow thinking.- Spiked (UK)


-- Winning team: Inside Outside Group/Michael Maltzan Architects/Mirko Zardini: Biblioteca degli Alberi, Giardini di Porta Nuova, Milan
-- Ville Hara: HUT Wood Studio Workshop, Korkeasaari Lookout Tower, Helsinki Zoo, Finland


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