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Today's News - July 29, 2004

Bleak news for U.K. and Canadian museum projects. -- The cost of maintaining cultural gems. -- Alternatives sought to save Seattle church. -- Conflicting visions for an empty lot in L.A. -- Toronto and Manhattan waterfronts in the forefront. -- High Line proposals keep hopes high. -- A stunning pedestrian bridge for an Irish town (not designed by Calatrava). - Will it be Gehry glitter or hometown talent for Kansas City stadium? ("Gehry kids" dis hometown team.) -- Award times two for Pawson. -- New book celebrates handbuilt shelters.

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A Blow, Perhaps Fatal, for Libeskind's Spiral in London- New York Times

Bleak times for a new human-rights museum: ...jury will decide the winner of an architectural competition to design the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It's mostly bravado.- Globe and Mail (Canada)

Keeping the luster on our cultural gems: Genius such as that of Wright and Calatrava must be served, and that means paying constant attention to the smallest details.- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Seeking Alternatives to Historic Church Demolition: Preservation Groups Appeal City of Seattle's Approval of New Development [images]- National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Architecture of Rebirth: What happens to an empty lot will say much about the future of downtown Los Angeles. SCI-Arc envisioned an adventuresome mix...developers wanted to build two 40-story towers housing 400 luxury apartments, based on a model used in Miami Beach.- Los Angeles Times

Waterfront principles take shape: ...the lakeside as a fully engaged part of the city. By Christopher Hume - Koetter Kim- Toronto Star

How the West Was Done: At Greenwich Village, a preview of Manhattan's Hudson River Park. - Abel Bainnson Butz/Sowinski Sullivan Architects; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Sasaki Associates/Donna Walcavage Landscape Architecture + Urban Design; Miceli Kulik Williams and Associates/Richard Dattner & Partners- Landscape Architecture

Remaking Tracks: Four plans would transform the High Line, an overgrown vestige of the city's industrial past, into a vibrant swath of its future. By Justin Davidson - Field Operations/Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Olafur Eliasson/Piet Oudolf/Buro Happold; Zaha Hadid/Balmori Associates/SOM/studio MDA; Steven Holl/Hargreaves Associates/HNTB; TerraGRAM: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates/D.I.R.T. Studio/Beyer Blinder Belle [images]- NY Newsday

New pedestrian footbridge for Drogheda: ...will signal the ongoing renewal and development of the historic Irish town... - Douglas Wallace Architects [images]- Archeire.com

Gehry Glitter: Why go for a world-class arena when you can get homespun sameness? - HOK/Ellerbe Becket/360 Architecture [CDFM2/Heinlein Schrock Stearns]; Frank Gehry/Crawford Architects- The Pitch (Kansas City)

Flashy, with a KC feel: Designers envision arena as cutting edge, while also reflecting the city's cultureHOK/Ellerbe Becket/360 Architecture [CDFM2/Heinlein Schrock Stearns]; Gehry/Crawford Architects- Kansas City Star

Hall 'Jewel waits to be discovered': Two buildings designed by the same architect have received recognition from the Civic Trust. - Terry Pawson- icSouthlondon

From haughty to humble among America's homes: "Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter"...offbeat pages celebrate the energizing power of a social conscience...amazing fertility of the human imagination. By Arrol Gellner- San Francisco Chronicle

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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