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Today's News - June 23, 2004

An urban planner tells Toronto to get its act together. -- Dresden ruin restored. - Holyrood is not Scotland's first fiasco. -- The outcry continues over "mutilating" Kahn's masterpiece in Dhaka. -- Reports from Chicago's Millennium Park. -- Time to re-do (again) the heart of Phoenix? -- Hypnosis: a new method for architectural creativity? -- A former car showroom transformed into "a gleaming little gem of a museum." -- It's time for mosques to be modern and dome-free. -- An exhibition presents artful concrete architecture. -- Tea and Coffee Towers exhibition at the Melbourne Museum (but can you really use them?).

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If we don't get money, 'I guess we'll stay ugly': An urban planner lectures Torontonians on their attitude toward a city face-lift - Joe Berridge/Urban Strategies Inc.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Dresden ruins finally restored: The reconstruction of Dresden's famous cathedral is set to be crowned on Tuesday by a British-built cross. - Thomas Gottschlich [images]- BBC (UK)

Wallace Monument marks forgotten fiasco: exhibition charting the construction of the famous tower opens this week and it provides a welcome historical perspective for the embattled planners of Holyrood.- The Scotsman (UK)

Bangladesh Court Slams Government for Mutilating Masterpiece: ...also directed the Ministry of Culture to declare the 800-acre parliament premises a national heritage site, strictly prohibiting any further construction despoiling Kahn's 1973 design.- OneWorld South Asia

Belittling Louis Kahn's masterwork time & again- The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Chicago's Millennium Park: collection of reports...looks at the issues surrounding the project as well as the artists whose works are featured in the new park. By Edward Lifson - Frank Gehry; Kathryn Gustafson; Jaume Plensa [audio]- Chicago Public Radio

Patriots Square: Vision or blight? Revival of city's [Phoenix] heart at issue [image]- Arizona Republic

I dream of concrete: Marcus Lutyens, artist and hypnotherapist...great-nephew of Edwin Lutyens...has been sending those working on the designs for Eastside, Birmingham's "new cultural and creative quarter," into deep trances. By Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

Butler's Maridon Museum reflects founder's love of Asian, German art: ...fashioned from a former auto showroom and a turn-of-the-20th century house...a gleaming little gem of a museum, a gift to its street, its city and its region. By Patricia Lowry - Springboard Architecture Communication Design [images]- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Modern and dome-free: Domes seem inseparable from mosques but one man is determined that the modern stamp should be the new style - David Mizan Hashim/Veritas Architects- New Straits Times (Malaysia)

At the Building Museum, Concrete Exemplars: "Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete." By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Architect creates artistic storm in set of teapots: ...charged with transposing their vision of city buildings to the smaller landscape of the kitchen table. Alessi's recruitment list is impressive... - Tom Kovac; Zaha Hadid; Alessandro Mendini; Kazuyo Sejima; Will Alsop- The Australian

U.S. Commemorative Postage Stamp to Honor R. Buckminster Fuller - The Man (and Mind) Behind the Geodesic Dome [link to image]- Yahoo 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


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