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Today's News - July 28, 2004

In Toronto: "20 towers of human containment are stuck in an impoverished streetscape" and the city "is desperate for an urban-design review panel." -- Bling-bling architecture: the trouble with icons. -- Boomtowns in China: it's not all good news. -- Berlin reclaims the river Spree. -- Pennsylvania renovates its construction code. -- There's more to creating lively downtowns than just building height restrictions. -- Denver museum plans move ahead. -- Teens design a rockin' Minneapolis block. -- New software to tell you if your cubicle is too small/dark/drafty (in case you can't). -- W Hotel takes on China. -- Frank Lloyd Wright is one of BusinessWeek's "Great Innovators." -- London's double-decker buses on their way to the junkyard? (say it ain't so!). -- Syracuse University launches arts journalism program.

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Failing to make the grade: Toronto's CityPlace development is a poor cousin to its Vancouver counterpart, Concord Pacific...it's making an ass of downtown Toronto. By Lisa Rochon - James Cheng; Architects Alliance; Page + Steele; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg- Globe and Mail (Canada)

The trouble with icons: I am suspicious of architecture which makes pompous claims for itself...a new public appetite for the Bling-Bling architectural image. Speech by Graham Morrison at the Architects' Journal/Bovis Awards for Architecture dinner- Architects' Journal (UK)

New Boomtowns Change Path of China's Growth: ...new second-tier cities are locked in a ferocious competition, spawning ambitious development plans...- New York Times

In Berlin, A River Remade: the Spree is a serene waterway...But if planners and architects get their way, it's only a matter of time before that serenity is replaced with glittering architecture and an altogether busier life. [images]- Deutsche Welle (Germany)

A no-cost boost for cities and towns: The new statewide construction code makes it far easier to renovate existing buildings- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Will "quaint" survive? People who think about how cities grow and remain lively say there's more to planning for a vital downtown than drawing a line on building heights.- Seattle Times

Museum project moves ahead: Anderson Mason Dale Architects selected to work with London architect-designer David Adjaye. By Mary Voelz Chandler- Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

Teen designers envision downtown Minneapolis block that rocks: University of Minnesota's annual Design Camp...brainstorming could affect future development of the Block F area.- Minneapolis Star Tribune

Software helps ease pain for cube dwellers: A team of physicists, engineers, scientists and architects has designed a software program that will tell office designers whether their cubicles are too cramped, too dark, too noisy or too drafty.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

W Hotels to Debut in China...with New Hotels in Hong Kong and Shanghai- Hotel Online

Frank Lloyd Wright: America's Architect: From the carport to the L-shaped workstation, Wright pioneered enduring conventions in a career that followed few traditions- BusinessWeek

Goodbye old London bus: the world's most famous bus has been rerouted, express, to the scrapyard. Its demise is certainly an act of cultural vandalism.- This is London (UK)

Goldring Arts Journalism Program: Syracuse University Establishes First Master's Degree Journalism Program [Architecture, Film, Fine Arts, Music & Theater] at an Accredited Journalism School- Syracuse University

Healing Gardens: Samaritan Health Services: A master planning approach to landscape design serves up a system of healthful opportunities. - Macdonald Environmental Planning [images]- ArchNewsNow


-- 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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