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Today's News - June 21, 2004

RIBA awards 63 projects. -- A revealing view of Dhaka. -- The Creative Class debate continues. -- Libeskind isn't really shrinking…he's very busy everywhere but New York. -- A Canadian take on New York: It's David vs. Goliath in Brooklyn and Manhattan's West Side. -- Lord Rogers has big plans for Manhattan's East Side waterfront. -- Glancey and Alsop weigh in on London's first architecture biennale. -- A "gauntlet of possible delays" for Gehry in Toronto. -- Model burning in Rome over Meier project. -- The Whitney plays Piano. -- London's tallest tower with a twist. -- More than just a train station for Connecticut town. -- Airports: of public art and generic design. -- Book review: ouch! -- An architect with big plans for Mars.

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Winners of RIBA Awards 2004 and RIBA Worldwide Awards: 63 new buildings across the UK and the EU [links to projects/images]- RIBA (UK)

Worldview Cities: Dhaka Unconcealed: Architects Kazi Ashraf and Saif ul Haque shed light on the state of architectural practice in the bustling Bangladeshi capital’s rapidly changing natural, built, and demographic landscapes.- The Architectural League

The Great Creative Class Debate: Revenge of the Squelchers. By Richard Florida- The Next American City

The Incredible Shrinking Daniel Libeskind: In the year since he was anointed ground zero's visionary, [his] influence, control and stature have steadily diminished. [images]- New York Times

David, Goliath, Big Bird and Gehry: New York...is actually engaged in two epic battles over proposed stadiums.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Interview: Architect Richard Rogers Aims to Revive New York's East Side Waterfront...together with Sharples, Holden & Pasquarelli Architects (SHoP).- Bloomberg News

Return of the radicals: As Clerkenwell hosts London's first architecture biennale, Jonathan Glancey asks what the area's buildings tell us about Britain today- Guardian (UK)

What does the future hold? Answers on a postcard... a week of debate that could change design for ever. By Will Alsop- Guardian (UK)

A work in progress: Hoping to break ground on Frank Gehry's controversial redesign by early 2005, the Art Gallery of Ontario is running the gauntlet of possible delays- Globe and Mail (Canada)

War over the Altar of Peace: Models burnt in protest against Modernist building to house Ara Pacis in historic centre of Rome - Richard Meier [image]- International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)

The Whitney announces major expansion—again: Last year trustees scrapped an expansion designed by Rem Koolhaas. Now they are pinning their hopes on Renzo Piano- The Art Newspaper

Twisting tower will be London's highest: Forget the Erotic Gherkin: here comes the [£200m] Vortex. - Ken Shuttleworth/Make- Guardian (UK)

Train Station Project Moves Ahead: ...a crucial element in a $300 million commercial development proposed for the town of Fairfield [Connecticut] - NBBJ [image]- New York Times

Airport art & public spaces: Compared to Detroit, Toronto provides more works to admire. By John Gallagher - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; SmithGroup; Gensler- Detroit Free Press

San Jose airport designs attractive but generic: Large national architecture offices...offer cities a homogenized design product that could be found anywhere....if you get off the plane and San Jose looks the same as Sacramento or Schenectady, something's wrong. - Gensler- Mercury News (California)

Peddle Thorp Architects Book: They represent to building what the P76 meant for cars. Guilelessness comes to mind... By Norman Day [images]- The Age (Australia)

Builders in a Strange Land : The first settlers on Mars probably won't be dragging building materials to their new home, so people are planning to make buildings from what's already on the surface. - Kurt Micheels- Wired News

-- Officially opened: Daniel Libeskind: Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen
-- Under Construction: Gehry Partners: MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
-- Winner Young Architects Program: nARCHITECTS: Canopy, MoMA/P.S.1, New York City
-- Newly opened: Radisson SAS Hotel, Berlin
- ArcSpace


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