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Today's News - July 23, 2004

A bleak news day from Britain: starchitects' plans lose their luster; architecture students fail miserably; RIBA gets radical; "Restoration" TV show ignores the private sector. -- Michigan towns get Celebration fever. -- Baby steps towards making Montreal pedestrian-friendly. -- Low-income housing resides in historic splendor in San Francisco. -- Affordable shelter in Virginia suburb faces some un-neighborly NIMBY-ism. -- A children's learning center ups the ante for good design in Charlotte. -- Maya Lin pays tribute to Lewis and Clark. -- Kansas City firms merge. -- A towering exhibition in Manhattan. -- High design with mass appeal.
This just in: Mark Wigley has been named the new dean of Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

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End of the iconic age? Black week for star architects as public funding bodies turn against "Golden Banana," "Spiral," and "Cloud" - Will Alsop; Daniel Libeskind; Rafael Viñoly- BD/Building Design (UK)

Hunt is on for Fourth Grace designer as Alsop is axed: After throwing out winning scheme, Liverpool is set to tender for replacement in September...look for an architect and a commercial developer who could follow architect EDAW’s existing masterplan...- Building (UK)

RIBA's new boss shocked by 93% failure rate at university: University of Central England closes BA architecture course to new students until investigation is complete- Building (UK)

RIBA calls for radical planning experiment: Sustainable Communities: Quality Not Quantity report: Developers would bid for a licence under proposals put to government- BD/Building Design (UK)

Don't privately owned buildings deserve love, too? The TV series Restoration has done a grand job - but Giles Worsley is worried by its focus on public ownership- Telegraph (UK)

Disney town sets urban trend: Celebration creates neighborly feel from scratch; Michigan cities follow on smaller scale [images]- Detroit News

Baby Steps on the Road to Pedestrian-Friendly Streets: Copenhagen’s gradual prioritization of pedestrians and cyclists is what Avenue Verte seeks for Montreal.- Maisonneuve (Canada)

Restoring grandeur to hotel: Nonprofit group provides seniors an oasis from Tenderloin's blight - Reuben Schwartz and Jessica Rothschild- San Francisco Chronicle

Affordable Shelter for A Church, And People: Plan to Build Housing Atop Chapel Faces Opposition - MTFA Architecture [image]- Washington Post

ImaginOn ups the ante for good design in Charlotte: children's learning center...enlarging our sense of what architecture can mean and can do. - Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates; Gantt Huberman Architects- Charlotte Observer

Cape Disappointment project designs unveiled: Vietnam memorial designer Maya Lin suggests pieces to symbolize Lewis and Clark's encounters with tribes- The Oregonian

Architecture companies join forces: CDFM² and Heinlein Schrock Stearns are merging to become 360 Architecture.- Kansas City Star

Tower power: The new downtown Skyscraper Museum celebrates Manhattan’s towering achievements, all on one floor. By Justin Davidson [images/slide show]- NY Newsday

High Design with Mass Appeal: From potato peelers to trash cans, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. By Justin Davidson- NY Newsday


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


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