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Today's News - July 14, 2004

We lose a Case Study House architect. -- Libeskind sues Silverstein. -- Holyrood architects finally get the word out about what and why things went so wrong. -- Vancouver jumps on the green roof bandwagon. -- Senators push for green buildings. -- Anacostia Waterfront Initiative: Parts 2 and 3 of 5-part series. -- Nevada town interested in new urbanism but want to see the plans. -- Campus plans by an impressive list of architects will reshape Phoenix. -- Buffalo builds Wright. -- "Selfless architecture" surrounds the Tower of London. -- Finalists picked for Massachusetts fire fighter memorial. -- Connecticut arts center picks New York architect. -- Pawson's short-lived Lifestore: "From Koolhaas's regurgitation of the city all over the insides of Prada's statement SoHo store in New York to the bling-bling of Future Systems' mirrored staircase in the Oxford Street branch of cheap clothing store New Look, it can feel as though too much design is never enough." -- Koolhaas takes on Rodeo Drive for Prada. -- Starck takes on the lowly mouse; Morrison makes toast.

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Obituary: Edward Killingsworth, 86; Case Study House Architect [images]- Los Angeles Times

Libeskind Sues Silverstein for Design Fee: If the suit has a greater theme...iit is that commerce has trumped planning, an assertion rarely heard from such a highly placed insider as Mr. Libeskind. By David W. Dunlap- New York Times

'Wrong size' windows fitted at parliament [Holyrood]: ...four inches too big...but officials ordered they should be installed anyway...there is "every chance" of rain leaking into the building...changes intended to trim costs ended up saving no money at all. - EMBT/RMJM- The Scotsman (UK)

Vancouver joining push for rooftop oases among cityscape canyons: New convention centre to boast a meadow on top -- the largest green roof in country. - PWL Partnership Landscape Architects; Green Roofs for Healthy Cities- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Senators Jeffords and Lautenberg Introduce Bill to Encourage Green Buildings- Jeffords.Senate.gov

Anacostia Waterfront Initiative - Part 2: Coming Clean About the Future: With Recreation Central to Plans, Pollution Curbs Can't Be Swept Aside. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

Anacostia Waterfront Initiative - Part 3: A Vision for the Southwest: New Homes, Parks, Cultural Facilities Among Changes Planned. By Benjamin Forgey- Washington Post

New urbanism taking root in Henderson...city officials said they were interested in the concept of new urbanism but are waiting for more specific plans.- Las Vegas Sun

Arizona State University reshaping downtown: Bold campus plans give Phoenix core a new look. First plan misses mark - Ayers Saint Gross; Architekton; Smith Group; Will Bruder Architects; DeBartolo Architects [links to images]- Arizona Republic

Buffalo on the Wright trail: Mausoleum, boathouse and gas station to join famed local structures [images]- Buffalo News

Big square deal: new architecture at the Tower of London by Stanton Williams...and it looks good. This is selfless architecture. By Hugh Pearman [images]- HughPearman.com (UK)

Finalists selected for Worcester Fire Fighters memorial - Stephen Stimson Associates; Ben Smoot; Benjamin Kou; Chuni Wang; Gala Simon Associates- Framingham Metro West Daily News

N.Y. architect picked to design Greenwich Center for the Arts - Peter Gisolfi Associates- GreenwichTime (Connecticut)

Life and death at Marks & Spencer: At fault is the abuse of architecture...Pawson's really rather pretty in-store house will have had the life-span of a temporary art exhibit.- Guardian (UK)

Embracing openness: Rem Koolhaas' firm takes a more informal, horizontal approach to the Beverly Hills Prada than it did in New York.- Los Angeles Times

Philippe Starck, the grand fromage of design, has designed a computer mouse. Jasper Morrison...has produced a collection of small electric appliances that would not look out of place in a museum shop. By Linda Hales- Washington Post


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