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Today's News - May 24, 2004

A tribute to a master from Hawaii. -- This week in ArcSpace: Berlin, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Winnipeg, and Durango (Spain). -- Minority report calls for industry support. -- San Diego seeks Ballpark Village. -- Green roofs in U.S. and Canada are winners. -- Holland's floating houses offer lessons for Thames flood plains (and elsewhere). -- The Welsh opera house with a very un-operatic name. -- "Curmudgeon in the Wild" Kunstler explains why we deserve our "cargo karma." -- Cargo containers as "elegant mobile dwelling units." -- More high hopes for Manhattan's High Line. -- Potholes to avoid in an L.A. street re-do (even with Disney Hall anchoring one end). -- A temporary British Embassy in Iraq. -- Alsop school in Ontario a treat on the outside, slightly disappointing on the inside - or maybe not. -- The redeeming beauty of Australia's Brutalist gems. -- Chicago is in for a Piano treat. -- Will Aucklanders cough up big bucks for art gallery? -- Another thumbs-up for Koolhaas in Seattle. -- A design consortium takes a financial hit on "dazzling" Austrian gallery; was it "a tragic lack of fundamental business skills"?

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Obituary: Architect Charles 'Ty' Sutton, 76- Honolulu Advertiser


-- Under construction: Peter Eisenman: Field of Stelae, Berlin
-- UN Studio: Living Tomorrow Pavilion, Amsterdam
-- TEN Arquitectos/Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos: Hotel Habita Polanco, Mexico City
-- Finalists: International Competition Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada
-- Competition winner: Zaha Hadid Architects: EuskoTren Headquarters, Durango, Spain

Profession fails on race: Cabe report highlights alienation and high drop-out rates among ethnic minority architecture students- BD/Building Design (UK)

Comment: Minority support: This picture of niggling discomfort for minority architecture students ...should alarm the profession at large.- BD/Building Design (UK)

Call for entries: San Diego Ballpark Village International Design Competition; Statements of Qualifications due June 23- JMI Realty/Lennar Communities

Largest green roof in the world is a winner of the 2004 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards of Excellence [links to 6 project winners]- Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Sink or swim: In times of flood, these houses rise to the occasion. Jonathan Glancey visits Holland's floating homes - Factor Architecten; OX Universal Studio- Guardian (UK)

After Zaha: the intriguing anti-modern Welsh opera house that dare not speak its name. By Hugh Pearman - Percy Thomas Partnership; Zaha Hadid [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Curmudgeon in the Wild: Cargo Karma: We got what we asked for. By James Howard Kunstler- Orion

Thinking inside the box: Project turns an ugly cargo container into an elegant 'mobile dwelling unit' - Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano/LOT-EK- Globe and Mail (Canada)

An Eden Above the City: An abandoned overhead railway [the High Line] in Manhattan is an eyesore to many. But others see untapped potential in the rare open space. [images]- Los Angeles Times

A Plan For First Street: New Design Team Should Steer Clear of Past Potholes. By Sam Hall Kaplan - Campbell & Campbell; Rios Clementi Hale Studios; Suisman Urban Design- LA Downtown News

UK firm for temporary British Embassy in Iraq: Jordan & Bateman to convert Baath party school- BD/Building Design (UK)

Learning inside the box: ...the new Ontario College of Art & Design space is a lot closer in spirit to the old OCAD space than Will Alsop may ever have intended it to be...this may not be a bad thing.- Toronto Star

Beauty of the beast: Brutalism - so ugly it's beautiful - is now praised...the redemption of the architecture they said no one could love. - Joseland Gilling; Peter and Alison Smithson; Edwards Madigan; PTW [image]- Sydney Morning Herald

Piano's Dallas museum signals a treat in store for Art Institute of Chicago. By Blair Kamin- Chicago Tribune

A crucial art operation: Most cities take a pride in their art galleries, but will Aucklanders put up $75m for theirs?- New Zealand Herald

Koolhaas rewrites the book on design: A superstar firm creates a Seattle Central Library that's striking, provocative and, for the most part, sensible. By Randy Gragg - Joshua Ramos/Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA); Cecil Balmond/Arup; Bruce Mau- The Oregonian

Friendly alien bites architects: Austrian gallery [Kunsthaus] widely tipped for Stirling Prize leaves design consortium with losses of 500,000 - Fournier/Cook/Spacelab; Architektur Consult- BD/Building Design (UK)


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