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Today's News - May 17, 2004

Today's must-read is about Toronto - but could be any/everywhere: "The deplorable thing about the current star system in architecture isn't, finally, that there are stars…It is, rather, that the result is uninspired buildings" (and a rush on napkin art). -- In the U.K., a look back at "the beginning of a rather damp and foggy venture into the world of royal patronage." -- Making brownfields beautiful in Ottawa. -- Exploring the 21st century landscape: lots of stories…take your pick. -- Jane Jacobs has her say. -- Koolhaas in Seattle: Muschamp is honored to review (and has a few choice words for some other Seattle icons); Goldberger is thrilled; the city is proud (this won't be the last we'll hear, we're sure). -- A library re-do in St. Louis is a desecration. -- A Washington, DC, "gateway" that could have been better. -- Mayne is back in the mainstream. -- Malaysian architect making waves. -- FutureShack at home in Manhattan. -- Deadline looms for smart growth awards. -- Boston's Bunker Hill bridge wins big.

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The $195-Million Scribble and Other Tales of Seduction from Our Romance with Celebrity Architects: can Toronto, the ugly duckling of North America, finally become the gorgeous metropolis it deserves to be? - Frank Gehry; Daniel Libeskind; Will Alsop; Jane Jacobs- Toronto Life

Life after carbuncles: Twenty years ago today, Prince Charles denounced modern architecture. Did he make any difference? Yes, says Jonathan Glancey, but not in a way anyone expected- Guardian (UK)

It's all about the Plan: Development plans attempt to turn brown fields into a place of beauty: LeBreton Flats -- 65 hectares of riverfront real estate -- is about to be revived. Shortlist: Le Groupe Cardinal Hardy/Lyse Tremblay; Dan Hanganu/Daoust Lestage; Barry Hobin & Associates/Hotson Bakker Architects/Les Architectes Boutros & Pratte [images]- Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

unNatural Beauty: The Making of a 21st Century Landscape - Martha Schwartz; Jacques Wirtz; Ken Smith; James Corner/Field Operations; West 8; D.I.R.T. Studio; Peter Latz; Jens Jensen; etc.- New York Times Magazine

The Greening of the City: As offices move to the suburbs, nature takes up residence downtown. By Jane Jacobs- New York Times Magazine

Pioneering Revitalization: Urbanist Jane Jacobs' Quest Takes Root in Downtown. By Sam Hall Kaplan- Los Angeles Downtown News

The Library That Puts on Fishnets and Hits the Disco: Seattle gets a rock-candy masterpiece, wrapped in glittering crystal and folded like origami. By Herbert Muschamp - Rem Koolhaas/OMA; LMN Architects [images & slide show]- New York Times

High-Tech Bibliophilia: Rem Koolhaas’s new library in Seattle is an ennobling public space...thrilling from top to bottom. By Paul Goldberger - Joshua Ramus/Office for Metropolitan Architecture; LMN Architects- New Yorker

Avant-garde architect reinvents Seattle's new library - Rem Koolhaas/OMA; LMN Architects [images & links to related stories]- Seattle Times

Seattle's LMN architects part of library team - Rem Koolhaas/OMA- Seattle Times

Washington University tarnishes its former architectural jewel [John M. Olin Library]: Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood, Boston, were architects of what can be described only as desecration. By Robert W. Duffy - Murphy & Mackey [image]- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mandarin Hotel Steps Into the Past: Like it or not -- and for me it's mostly not -- Washington has a new architectural gateway... By Benjamin Forgey - Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects [image]- Washington Post

An Iconoclastic Architect Turns Theory Into Practice: Having slipped from view after the architecture boom of the 1980's, the designer Thom Mayne [of Morphosis] is back on the A-list for prestigious commissions.- New York Times

Playing with light and shadows: This lakeside ville in Qingpu, Shanghai, exemplifies Malaysian architect’s forte in combining structure and material to suit the surroundings and climate of an area. - Chan Soo Khian/SCDA Architects- The Star (Malaysia)

FutureShack: A Home for the Displaced: the recycled shipping container now stationed on the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's lawn. By Linda Hales - Sean Godsell; Architecture for Humanity [image]- Washington Post

June 15 Deadline Approaching for Smart Growth Alliance Recognition Programs- Smart Growth Alliance (SGA)

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge [Boston] Named 2004 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement [image]- American Society of Civil Engineers


-- 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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