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Today's News - May 21, 2004

Reinventing downtowns in Iowa and Arizona: "can be a long grueling process, but it's better than the alternative." -- Prefab Glidehouse glides into Menlo Park parking lot. -- Libraries stuffy no more. -- Hadid wins in Spain. -- BBC gets new regional HQ. -- New student center for Lawrence Tech. -- Foster doing more in Singapore. -- Collaboration puts corporate HQ on the fast track. -- A royal gift to Atlanta should not be relocated for development. -- Dublin's Spire inspires a book. -- Translating Sullivan's "intricate architectural ornament into music." -- Detroit celebrates its design history. -- Toronto architecture in the spotlight. -- Metropolis magazine survey includes free subscription for teacher, students, and graduates.

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Field of civic dreams: Davenport, Iowa, puts its faith in ambitious projects to help rejuvenate the riverfront town. - David Chipperfield; Brian Vandewalle- Chicago Tribune

The Challenge Downtown: East Valley planners scramble to reinvent urban cores- East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

Prefab-ulous: The future of architecture rolled into Menlo Park a couple of weeks ago on the back of two trucks. - Michelle Kaufmann [links to images]- Mercury News (California)

Libraries dust off stuffy image [in] Seattle, Salt Lake City, Vancouver, Phoenix, San Francisco - Rem Koolhaas/OMA/LMN Architects; Moshe Safdie and Associates; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners/Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein & Moris; William Bruder- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Zaha Hadid wins the International Competition for the Design of the New EuskoTren Headquarters in Durango, Spain: El Ayuntamiento de Bilbao pide una segunda opinión sobre Olabeaga tras el estudio de la UPV [in Spanish]- El Correo (Spain)

BBC to build regional HQ in Liverpool regeneration area: £750m Paradise Street redevelopment gets go-ahead - Page and Park- Building (UK)

Return of a Philanthropist: Empathetic A. Alfred Taubman gives to Lawrence Tech: Student center being built with his help. By John Gallagher - Harley Ellis- Detroit Free Press

Top British architect to design Sentosa resort - Foster and Partners- The Straights Times (Singapore)

Bigger Home for Pfizer Takes Shape - Brennan Beer Gorman Monk; Martin E. Rich Architect; Perkins & Will- New York Times

Opinion: No reason to budge: Prince Charles World Athletes' Monument shouldn't bow to development. By Rodney Cook Jr.- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Now, after the monument, here's the book: Dublin's Spire, described as an "ideologically 'Teflon' monument," is the subject of a new book by its architect. By Frank McDonald - Ian Ritchie- Irish Times

Listening to Louis Sullivan: A Chicago improvisational music ensemble draws on the legacy of photographer Richard Nickel to translate Sullivan's intricate architectural ornament into music. By Lynn Becker- Repeat

Made in Detroit: Historical Museum celebrates designs with city connections: American Icons -- Detroit Designs"...a primer on how designers, architects and inventors looking at the world through the uniquely Detroit prism...- Detroit Free Press

Opening Doors to mods and post-mods: Toronto presents fifth annual architecture event that allows visitors to discover city's treasures- Tandem (Canada)

2004 Metropolis Web Survey of Design Educators & Students: focus on interdisciplinary collaboration; deadline: May 31; participants receive a free 1-year subscription- Metropolis Magazine


-- 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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