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Today's News - May 26, 2004

Assessing Beijing theater design after Paris airport collapse. -- Grimshaw's "jeweled egg" transit center will link to Calatrava's birdlike transit hub in lower Manhattan. -- Would stadium razzle-dazzle or ruin Manhattan's riverfront. -- In Toronto, music school set to rock and roll; Libeskind set to design museum dining spots. -- Philadelphia to get finely crafted architectural gem. -- Scottish school design: not enough talk with teachers. -- WW II memorial designer is pleased; many words don't say enough. -- Derelict industrial district may be home to design school. -- Ireland takes on Venice Biennale. -- Shrinking workstations the wave of the future. -- A London Eye for Manhattan? -- Wright symposium. -- Exploring how spatial planning is used as a political instrument in Israel. -- Mockbee show inspires. -- Sea Ranch shines. (All-in-all, a glittery day!)

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Beijing safety fears after Paris tragedy: an assessment of the National Grand Threatre of China design could be made to allay safety fears. - Paul Andreu- People's Daily (China)

A Shimmering Facet for Lower Manhattan: Fulton Street Transit Center...a jeweled egg to Calatrava's birdlike terminal. By David W. Dunlap - Grimshaw; Arup; James Carpenter Design Associates; Daniel Frankfurt; Lee Harris Pomeroy Associates [image]- New York Times

Razzle-dazzle on the Hudson: Would Jets stadium revive or ruin the West Side riverfront? By Justin Davidson - Kohn Pedersen Fox [slide show]- NY Newsday

-- Music School Gets Set to Shake, Rattle and Roll - Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
-- Daniel Libeskind to design both restaurants in Royal Ontario Museum
- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Putting a new luster on a Philadelphia tradition: If any architects are capable of a new take on the Philadelphia jewelbox, it is, ironically, the Manhattan-based firm of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. By Inga Saffron- Philadelphia Inquirer

Lack of consultation leads to concern over school designs- Archiseek (Scotland)

An Academic Touches the Masses With World War II Memorial - Fredrich St. Florian- New York Times

Many Words, Little Eloquence: World War II memorial...also public art. And that's where it fails to do its job. - Friedrich St. Florian- Washington Post

University of Kentucky may move part of college to Louisville: Plan would put design school into 45 acres of largely abandoned industrial buildings- Lexington Herald-Leader

Minister announces details of Ireland's participation at Venice Biennale: Furniture College at Letterfrack, Co Galway...finalist for the European Union Prize for Architecture last year. - Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey- Archeire.com

A New Office Can Mean Making Do With Less: The work station is shrinking - TPG Architecture; Gensler; Visions Design Group- New York Times

Water Wheel: city is in discussions to erect a giant Ferris wheel on Pier 14 near the South Street Seaport...based on London Eye...- New York Post

Taliesin's teacher and thinker: Symposium probes Wright stuff June 3-5 in Spring Green, Wisconsin [link to program info]- The Capital Times (Wisconsin)

Architecture event: One Land, Two Systems: how spatial planning is used as a political instrument in Israel. Amsterdam June 6 [links]- Electronic Intifada

Buildings With a Feeling of Belonging: "Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio: Community Architecture" at the National Building Museum. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Book review: The Sea Ranch By Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder: The constructions of surf and turf. By John King- San Francisco Chronicle


-- 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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