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Today's News - June 1, 2004

Lisbon plans an ambitious experiment in sustainable living - for 30,000 people. -- In the U.K.: No more New Jerusalems. -- No more "ragged edges." -- A call for regional centers to regain their heritage. -- A walking cure for urban (and belly) sprawl. -- Toronto's waterfront needs action - now. -- In China: Foreign architects' fruitful days in Beijing (but home-grown talent catching on). -- A "Faustian bargain" for American architects' wanting to salvage Jewish heritage. -- No graft in the rafters of Beijing National Theater. -- Symposium in Montreal takes on the future of urban design. -- Holyrood (again): "It is, quite simply, a triumph…a Pandora's box of architectural motifs laced together ingeniously…" -- Libeskind has dramatic designs on Dublin Docklands while his salary dispute simmers at Ground Zero. -- Gehry loses out on Grand Avenue and refines his design for AGO. -- Architects toss stones at each other over Kansas City stadium project (architects can be catty?). -- Four teams shortlisted for High Line master plan. -- World War II memorial deserves its place on the National Mall. -- Russian malls (as in shopping) need to be more user-friendly.

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Lisbon to try sustainable living: An ambitious experiment...will provide homes, leisure facilities and work spaces for up to 30,000 people.- BBC (UK)

Impaired vision: From Thurrock to Brasilia, architectural prophets have demolished our dreams of new Jerusalems. By Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

When dereliction is better: despite Rogers, Farrell and Grimshaw, West London reinvents itself as a pale shadow of Berlin. By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

How to recapture cities' civic pride: Urban historian throws down gauntlet on need for regional centres to regain their heritage- Guardian (UK)

The Walking Cure: Car-centric city sprawl adds to weight gain, so a movement is afoot to put us within walking distance. By Richard Lacayo - National Center for Smart Growth; Active Living by Design- Time Magazine

Waterfront: Stymied or just stalled? Its future depends on action — soon — to give revitalizers the power to do what must be done. By Christopher Hume [link to current projects]- Toronto Star

Foreign architects' fruitful days in Beijing: Chinese architects' works will also win major bids held abroad in the future. - Koolhaas; Foster; Andreu; Herzog & de Meuron- China Economic Net

Salvaging Jewish Heritage in China, Block by Block: ...a "Faustian bargain." - Christopher Choa/HLW/Cox Group/RTKL; Living Bridge- New York Times

China denies graft charges as controversy returns to French-designed theatre - Paul Andreu- ChannelNewsAsia

New Design Cities international symposium at Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, October 6-8- City of Montreal

Reassuringly expensive: Seven years and £431m on, Scotland's new parliament is a construction to rival the Forth rail bridge. By Jonathan Glancey - Enric Miralles/EMBT/RMJM- Guardian (UK)

Daniel Libeskind & Manuel Aires Mateus to design buildings for Dublin Docklands [images]- Archiseek.com

Ground Zero Pay Dispute Is Simmering: Daniel Libeskind and Larry A. Silverstein are fighting over how much Libeskind should be paid for his work on the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower.- New York Times

And Then There Were Two: Gehry Team Passed Over in Grand Avenue Competition. By Sam Hall Kaplan - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/Morphosis/Elkus/Manfredi/Gustafson Guthrie Nichol/Levin & Associates/Suisman Urban Design; AC Martin Partners/Calthorpe Associates/Thomas P. Cox Architects/Civitas/Project for Public Spaces- LA Downtown News

Design tweaks open up Art Gallery of Ontario: details of Frank Gehry's modifications and refinements ...will go on public view starting today...- Toronto Star

Arena brings out competitive streak in architects: A cheeky, small Australia-based firm...is challenging the nation's top sports architecture companies on their home turf. - Crawford Architects; Frank Gehry; HOK Sport+Event+Venue/Ellerbe Becket/Heinlein Schrock Stearns/CDFM2- Kansas City Star

Four Finalist Teams Selected for High Line Master Plan - Field Operations/Diller, Scofidio + Renfro/Olafur Eliasson/Piet Oudolf/Halie Light & L’Observatoire International; Zaha Hadid Architects/Balmori Associates/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/studio MDA; Steven Holl Architects/Hargreaves Associates/HNTB; TerraGRAM: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates/D.I.R.T. Studio/Beyer Blinder Belle- Friends of the High Line

Monument to democracy: The National World War II Memorial deserves its prominent location in Washington... By Inga Saffron - Friedrich St. Florian- Philadelphia Inquirer

Architect: Make Malls User-Friendly - Giovanni Bartoli- The Moscow Times (Russia)


-- 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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