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Today's News - July 20, 2004

We lose a grand master planner. -- In ArcSpace this week: Calatrava takes Seattle, and HHPA takes the Bronx. -- Architecture as the art of the Olympics. -- Time to rethink environmental impact studies. - - Auckland can't blame all its awful architecture on developers. -- Cheers (and jeers?) for changing architectural critics. -- The usual suspects win big in Royal Australian Institute of Architects' awards ("femaleness and architecture's star system just don't mix"). -- Town re-names itself (with 66 letters!) in protest. -- Billboards as fundraising revenues for churches in Germany. -- Plans for Alsop's Cloud in Liverpool floats away, and architects throw some very unkind barbs at each other. -- Rogers' big plans in China, and despite reports, says he's not stepping down any time soon. -- Prada not just for shopping. -- A new arts facility: potential milestone or millstone around the neck of U.K. town. -- Another thumbs-up (mostly) for Tower of London project. -- Young firm hits the big time with new commission.

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Obituary: David A. Wallace, 87: Eminent architect dies in double suicide - Wallace Roberts & Todd- Philadelphia Inquirer


-- Exhibition: Santiago Calatrava: The Architectıs Studio, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
-- Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates: Leon Levy Visitor Center, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

House of Games: Go tell the Spartans that Santiago Calatrava's renovated Olympic Stadium is almost ready. By Herbert Muschamp [images/slide show]- New York Times Magazine

Taking note of artistry at the Olympics: Above all, architecture is the most crucial part of Olympic art. - Kang Gun-hee; Calatrava- JoongAng Daily (Korea)

Rethinking Environmental Impact Statements: ...it is time to review environmental review.- Gotham Gazette

Comment: We've had enough of shoddy planning: Auckland is famously dismissed...as just a developers' city... But it's not good enough to just blame self-interested developers for the architectural trash we are so often given. By Julie Stout- New Zealand Herald

The Changing Times of Architecture: Some Cheer Local Critic's Apparent New York Departure. By Sam Hall Kaplan - Nicolai Ouroussoff; Herbert Muschamp- LA Downtown News

Sound a gong for the usual suspects: Burghers, chips off the old blocks and a couple of grand [Renzo] Pianos. It must be the award season...but grrrl-stars? No sirree....femaleness and architecture's star system just don't mix. By Elizabeth Farrelly- Sydney Morning Herald

Controversial building takes design awards: Aurora Place development in the centre of Sydney - Renzo Piano; PTW Architects; Bates Smart; Harry Seidler & Associates; Johnson Pilton Walker [image]- Sydney Morning Herald

Long-winded village name protest: Campaigners are giving their village the longest place name in the UK of 66 letters in a protest at plans for a wind farm nearby [66 letters!].- BBC News

First the church, then the steeple, then 'your logo here': Throughout Germany, churches are renting their facades for fundraising purposes. [image]- Christian Science Monitor

Liverpool scraps plans for Cloud: Spiralling cost and design change end ambitious waterfront project - Will Alsop [image]- Guardian (UK)

'It's a cowpat': the verdict on Alsop's vision of a Liverpool landmark: The Cloud was a "blob dressed up as art".- Independent (UK)

Richard Rogers Partnership tall ambitions in China: pitching for a series of skyscrapers in Guangzhou; Rogers...moved to quash rumours that he may step down as chairman at RRP...- Building (UK)

Down with shopping: Prada's striking new store on Rodeo Drive...Gimmicks and a sense of fun litter what is, in essence, just a clothes shop. - Rem Koolhaas/Office for Metropolitan Architecture- Guardian (UK)

Fears over art gallery project: new Visual Arts Facility...in danger of becoming Colchester's equivalent of the Millennium Dome - Rafael Vinoly- East Anglian Daily Times (UK)

Taking them to the Tower: Stanton Williams has turned the previously neglected spaces around the Tower of London into a lively external foyer.- BD/Building Design (UK)

Young firm of architects is building on a fine reputation: Gareth Hoskins Architects, established only six years ago, has won the contract for what is claimed will be the UK's first permanent gallery devoted to architecture.- The Herald (UK)


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