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Today's News - July 13, 2004

We lose an American preservationist and a British town planner. -- When will "architecture and African American" not be an oxymoron? -- Jackhammers continue to tear the heart out of Moscow. -- Dirty design deals in Delhi. -- Security a problem for flagship U.K. prefab housing project. -- Chicago: "Windy City refers not to the weather but to the local penchant for bragging." -- Anacostia River: big bucks for big plans: "Skeptics will say it can't happen, cynics will insist that it won't. But this is what smart cities do these days." -- Shanghai's newest suburb: Canadian Maple Town. -- Re-thinking reuse of abandoned big-box stores. -- Changing lifestyles give architects "the chance to stray from the usual." -- A truly green and architecturally engaging urban ecology center opens in a long-neglected Olmsted park. -- Boston's Opera House rescued and restored. -- A Bay Area architect stays true to the Bauhaus. -- A global array of ASLA award winners. -- Hoboken 9/11 memorial design decided. -- BSA research grants granted. -- Exhibit explores a long-overlooked architect of Detroit skyscrapers.

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Obituary: Ellen Ramsey Sanger, 56, proponent of historic preservation, the arts. By John King- San Francisco Chronicle

Obituary: Viscount Esher, 90, architect and town planner...one of the earliest and most eloquent champions of urban regeneration in Britain.- Telegraph (UK)

Letter to the Editor: America's Forgotten Architects: I can count on one hand the number of Post articles...linking African Americans with the subject of architecture...the use of the words "architecture and African American" together is an oxymoron. By Melvin L. Mitchell/National Organization of Minority Architects- Washington Post

Modernizing jackhammers tear at heart of old Moscow: Experts plead with Putin as hundreds of buildings from czarist period are being demolished- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Dirty designs on Delhi: Why isn't Delhi an aesthetically-designed city? ...the lowdown on the who and howdunnit of the Capital's architecture.- Times of India

Prefab security slammed: A flagship pre-fab housing project praised...as one of the UK's best public buildings is not safe for the key workers it is meant to house - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris- BD/Building Design (UK)

Show Time for the Windy City's New Class Act: Obviously "millennium" is a misnomer, unless the term is used to mean "took centuries to complete." In a city as famously self-regarding as Chicago (Windy City refers not to the weather but to the local penchant for bragging)... - Frank Gehry; Anish Kapoor; Jaume Plensa; Renzo Piano; Kathryn Gustafson/Piet Oudolf/Robert Israel- Washington Post

The Ripple Effect: An $8 Billion Development Plan Promises Payoffs Far Beyond the High-Water Mark [Anacostia Waterfront Initiative]. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Toronto architect shines in Shanghai: Firm to build town in China: "Canadian Maple Town" [in Shanghai suburb] will have Canadian flair - Lisa Bate/Six Degrees Architecture and Design- Toronto Star

Don't get boxed in by abandoned big-boxes: ...to avoid wasting the resources bound up in big boxes, communities should get creative about reuse options before succumbing to demolition. By
Whitney Gould - Vierbicher Associates; Vandewalle & Associates
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Changing styles for changing lifestyles: Parks, highway intersections, even people's social concerns, are giving architects the chance to stray from the usual. - Evans Group; Bloodgood Sharp Buster; Looney Kiss Ricks Architects; Devereaux & Associates; JBZ Architecture and Planning- Philadelphia Inquirer

It's quite easy being 'green' for new Urban Ecology Center: At last, a "green" building worthy of the name. By Whitney Gould - Kubala Washatko Architects [image]- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Historic American Theater Revived in Boston: Architectural Landmark Rescued From National Trust for Historic Preservation's Most Endangered List - Thomas White Lamb (1928); Martinez & Johnson / Architecture- Yahoo News

Against the grain: Architect bucked Bay Area's take on modernism by staying true to the Bauhaus - Donald Olsen [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

ASLA 2004 Professional Award Winners: 33 projects to receive awards from a field of over 550 international entries [images/links]- American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

FLOW Group Selected to Design Hoboken 9/11 Memorial: “Hoboken Island” - Studio/Gang Architects, Janet Echelman, Peter Heppel, Aine Brazil/Thornton Tomasetti Engineers, Domingo Gonzalez [images]- Hoboken September 11th Memorial Fund

Boston Society of Architects provides $65,000 in research grants: include "Voices from the Past: Letters from 1970s Women Architects" to "Housing Designs for Proposed Smart Growth Overlay"- Boston Society of Architects

Skyscraper exhibit celebrates the man who designed the Penobscot, the Buhl and the Guardian. By John Gallagher - Wirt Rowland; Smith, Hinchman & Grylls- Detroit Free Press


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