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Today's News - May 25, 2004

Paris airport inquiry: just the beginning. -- L.A.'s Grand Avenue shortlist surprises some (though article is not too clear on who they are). -- 11 Most Endangered Places includes 2 Columbus Circle and the entire state of Vermont. -- U.K. scales back sustainable/green building requirements. -- Open Door Toronto opens its doors: admiration and admonition for new and old. -- World War II memorial misses the mark (for most). -- After all of the hullabaloo Holyrood is "potentially glorious." -- New urbanism takes hold of former psychiatric center. -- Hadid chats with Heathcoate. -- An understated, dignified tower for Times Square. -- Foster waxes poetic about Asprey on Bond Street. -- Celebrating New Zealand architects on a global scale.

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Paris terminal disaster: the architect and the inquiry - Paul Andreu- The Times (UK)

Committee Snubs Gehry Design Team: Two less well-known groups are finalists for $1.2-billion project on downtown's Grand Ave. - David Childs/SOM/Thom Mayne/Brenda Levin/Howard Elkus/Gustafson Guthrie Nichols; AC Martin; Gehry/Hadid/Foster/Nouvel/Cobb/Olin Partnership/Kevin Daly/Greg Lynn; Jerde Partnership/Johnson Fain/Rios Clementi Hale Studios- Los Angeles Times

11 Most Endangered Places 2004 [images + links]- National Trust for Historic Preservation

West Side 'tomb' on at-risk list: 2 Columbus Circle...on the list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. - Edward Durell Stone- NY Daily News

Government's Sustainable Buildings Task Group rejects tougher green targets: ...report has shrunk back from delivering radical new targets to reduce carbon emissions from buildings.- BD/Building Design (UK)

City in progress: It's often easier to admire bad 19th-century buildings than appreciate the value of newer designs. By Christopher Hume - Mies van der Rohe; Will Alsop; Quadrangle Architects; Taylor, Hariri and Pontarini; Diamond & Schmitt Architects- Toronto Star

An architectural report card: This heritage activist likes the Distillery, but not the plans for Maple Leaf Gardens - Anthony Tung- Globe and Mail (Canada)

The beauty of small things...that deserve our attention. The Wolfond Centre for Jewish Campus Life at the University of Toronto is an excellent example. By Christopher Hume - Susan Friedrich- Toronto Star

Down at the Mall: The new World War II memorial doesn’t rise to the occasion. By Paul Goldberger - Friedrich St. Florian- New Yorker

WWII memorial short on honoring dead, inspiring living. By Patricia Lowry - Friedrich St. Florian- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I Like the World War II Memorial -- So sue me. - Friedrich St. Florian- Slate

Insanely bespoke, positively willful, but potentially glorious: inside the new Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh by Enric Miralles. By Hugh Pearman - RMJM [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Refining the Plan for Former Kings Park Psychiatric Center: master plan for the 368-acre site...a variety of 2,053 residential units, retail and office buildings, parkland and many sidewalks... - Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company- New York Times

Zaha Hadid: I can't recall an article about or interview with Zaha Hadid in which she is not described as a diva. This is an indictment of a profession and press... By Edwin Heathcote- Financial Times (UK)

An Office Building Reflects More Than 2 Decades of Patience: in the new Times Square of glitzy super-size 40 story buildings...[23-story] tower...could seem small and modest... - Gruzen Samton- New York Times

Asprey reopens with a splash on New Bond Street: ...turned a warren of five 18th-century houses into a coherent whole... - Norman Foster; David Mlinaric- International Herald Tribune

UIA Celebration of Cities Competition New Zealand Entries Exhibition in Auckland - McCulloch Architects; Craig Craig Moller Auckland- Scoop (New Zealand)


-- 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


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