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Today's News - July 12, 2004

Two views about today's architectural icons: "attempts to lend dignity to their surroundings" or "ruining our cities." -- Edinburgh hailed as one of Europe's finest cities, and some great "glam" shots of Hollyrood interiors. - Big plans continue to grow for L.A.'s Grand Avenue. -- A "visionary brief" for a deprived U.K. community. -- Cash-generating slot machine parlors in Philadelphia may not generate good design. -- New life for an historic Chicago neighborhood while Gehry takes center stage in another part of town. -- Great Parks/Great Cities conference: something to learn from everywhere. -- Scaling back Anchorage museum plans: "a vision with a price tag." -- Erickson at 80: "the Frank Lloyd Wright of Canada." -- Perhaps not such a great complement if one talks to an FLW-designed home owner. -- New presidents for Alberta, Canada, architects and U.K.'s RIBA. -- Transitions in the wind for Grimshaw and Rogers firms.

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Opinion: Form Follows Inspiration: Today's architecture may be wild, but it wants to improve us. - Andreu; Gehry; Koolhaas; Calatrava- New York Times

Look at me! They're bold, sophisticated and impossible to ignore. But are 'landmark' buildings ruining our cities, asks Graham Morrison- Guardian (UK)

Edinburgh hailed as one of Europe's finest...according to a major new book about the architecture of Scotlandís capital.- The Scotsman (UK)

The flowering of Scotland: It's been branded "The Moneypit" and "Follyrood" - an ambitious but troubled project to build a landmark home for Scotland's devolved rulers...we take one of the first looks inside. - Enric Miralles; RMJM [images/slide show]- BBC (UK)

Two to Grow On: Plans for Grand Avenue Competition Could Bring Gehry Into the Mix. By Sam Hall Kaplan - David Childs/SOM, Thom Mayne/Morphosis, Elkus/Manfredi, Brenda Levin, Doug Suisman; AC Martin Partners, Calthorpe Associates, Thomas P. Cox, Civitas, Project for Public Spaces- LA Downtown News

Green light for Thurrock experiment: A "visionary brief" for...one of the most deprived communities in the South-east, has been drawn up by an international panel of 23 artists, architects and writers- Building (UK)

Changing Skyline: City's losses outstrip its slot wins: The future of Center City and the Delaware River waterfront has been hitched to the state's cash-generating slot parlors, yet Philadelphia has no legal control over the design of those venues. - By Inga Saffron- Philadelphia Inquirer

Uptown Upturn? A new mixed-use project could revive a historic Chicago neighborhood. - Hartshorne + Plunkard Architects- The Slatin Report

Pritzker Pavilion 'a sculpture, not just a building' -- Chicago Sun-Times

Swapping ideas on greening the city: Revitalising parks is theme of international seminar in London- Guardian (UK)

Anchorage museum expansion scaled back to save money: "a vision with a price tag" - David Chipperfield [images]- Anchorage Daily News

At 80, Arthur Erickson returns to the top: "I've always been against style, as such...We have to live in the moment." More refreshing words never came from an architect's lips. By Christopher Hume- Toronto Star

It leaks, it sags, and it's great art: Architectural genius didn't bring maintenance perfection to what is known as the Bott house. - Frank Lloyd Wright [images]- Kansas City Star

Alberta Architects and Licensed Interior Designers Elect Jane F. Pendergast as President- Archiseek (Canada)

Jack Pringle [of Pringle Brandon] to be next RIBA leader- Building (UK)

Grimshaw the latest firm to unveil plans for succession: Sir Nicholas set to become chairman for life and external ambassador, as Goldschmied ponders life after Richard Rogers Partnership- Building (UK)

Marco Goldschmied speaks out over split: hinted this week that his surprise departure from the Richard Rogers Partnership was just the first of more changes at the famous practice.- BD/Building Design (UK)

Mayor signs up architect on £1 salary: Richard Rogers...has agreed to continue to head the architecture and urbanism unit at City Hall.- This is London (UK)


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