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Today's News - June 24, 2004

Branding spaces with environmental graphic design. -- Building opportunities for African-American architects. -- Balinese architects gearing up to compete in the "cutthroat architectural world." -- Pyatok picked to head new think tank for affordable housing. -- A look at new skyscraper technologies. -- Like it or not, Torontonians are putting themselves on the architectural map. -- A revived gem in Philadelphia. -- Plans to protect a Lapidus gem in Miami. -- One of the best-kept architectural secrets in Ohio: a Wrightian-inspired subdivision. -- A modern library addition has protesters claiming a design "bait-and-switch." -- Urban planning comes to the Burning Man festival: includes a Department of Public Works, and a DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles). - Partial paralysis hasn't slowed down Michael Graves. -- Landscape architects who meld the historic with the new. -- Celebrating Prague's Art Nouveau splendor. -- A bamboo canopy shows off its curves.

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New Directions: Branding Spaces with Graphics - Hillier Environmental Graphics Studio [images]- ArchNewsNow

For African-Americans, a Chance to Draft History: A new wave of heritage buildings celebrating black history is creating opportunities for black architects. By Fred A. Bernstein - Huff & Gooden; HGA; Victor Body-Lawson; Walter Blackburn; Allison G. Williams/Ai; Pei Partnership; Hamilton Anderson Associates; Devrouax & Purnell; etc.- New York Times

Local [Balinese] architects must gear up for free trade era: ...has forced local architects to improve their skills and basic knowledge, and equip themselves with adequate weapons to compete in the cutthroat architectural world- The Jakarta Post

Affordable housing on his mind: Arizona State University lures expert for think tank: Michael Pyatok, the director of the new Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family- Arizona Business Gazette

The World’s Tallest Building (for Now): A look at some of the building technologies that are enabling new skyscrapers to shatter height records. - C. P. Wang; Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers [images]- Technology Review (MIT)

Bovine and beige go bold in Toronto: Torontonians, whether they like it or not (and a lot of them do not) are being put on the architectural map. - Gehry; Libeskind; Alsop; Robbie Wright and Young- Financial Times (UK)

Symbol of decay enjoys rebirth in Center City: New use brings revived glory to the Victory Building. - Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; Jonathan Broh/J.K. Roller Architects- Philadelphia Inquirer

Panel seeks to protect Eden Roc: If the famous hotel is sold, the city's Historic Preservation Board may vote to protect it from being altered by the new owners. - Morris Lapidus- Miami Herald

Obscurity Becomes It: In Ohio, an almost secret subdivision is home to 49 riffs on Frank Lloyd Wright. - Theodore Van Fossen [images/slide show]- New York Times

Checking out library's design: Some are upset over modern style of $15.7m project...design changes a ''bait and switch" tactic... - Ann Beha; J. Stewart Roberts Architects- Boston Globe

Surreal Estate: Burning Man Gets Zoned: Black Rock City may be the wildest art party on earth, but it still needs infrastructure, roads and enlightened planning. [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Alterations in the architect's plan: Partial paralysis required him to reconfigure his home, but Michael Graves keeps on designing [images]- Boston Globe

Taking shape: Landscape architecture firm specializes in heritage tourism - Shapins Associates- Rocky Mountain News

A century of high-class accommodations: Hotels Pariz, Palace Praha embody political history and architectural achievements - Jan Vejrych; Antonin Pfeifer (1904); George Justich (1909); Omicron Architects (1991) [images]- The Prague Post

In Fine Form, Bamboo Shows Off Its Curves: "Canopy"...winning entry in the fifth annual MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program - Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge/nArchitects [images]- New York Times


-- 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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