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Today's News - August 27, 2004

Huxtable (eloquent, as always) on tall buildings: they "aspire to the sublime" (but often leave us humans "in the dust"). -- U.K. architects plot a coup; these "predators" may be doing the right thing. -- Ikea joins Philadelphia's urban "archipelago of big-box retailers" (but that doesn't make it urban). -- Big plans for corporate HQ in Dublin. -- Forget McMansions: it's McPalaces for the rich in a development outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. -- A call to pay more attention to landscape architecture in Bangladesh. -- A British architect agonizes over folding her firm, but has high hopes for the future. -- A former mayor now leading New Urbanists calls for architects to "come down off their lofty perches and design some houses for ordinary people." -- Weekend diversions: Calatrava show in Seattle is "brilliant," and "Tall Buildings" in New York.

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WTC Events Didn't Cloud Skyscraper Construction: The tall building is a gigantic instrument of market economics, but it still aspires to the sublime. By Ada Louise Huxtable- Wall Street Journal

Farrell plots Royal coup: Terry Farrell has launched a controversial bid to oust HOK International from Britain’s biggest-ever hospital scheme....wants health bosses to hire his firm and Nightingale Associates [images]- BD/Building Design (UK)

Comment: Predators step into Royal London ring: are right to put professional niceties to one side when the success of the UK’s most ambitious urban hospital in decades is at stake. - HOK; Farrell/Nightingale- BD/Building Design (UK)

Address alone does not make Philadelphia's Ikea 'urban': ...a member of an exclusive "power center" that features an archipelago of big-box retailers...You call that urban? By Inga Saffron [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer

AIB gets permission for large HQ extension: ...56,834 sq m (611,755 sq ft) office scheme on the 14-acre grounds. - RKD architects- Irish Times

Russian super-rich turn back the clock in palatial fashion: work has begun on 50 miniature palaces, each modelled on a famous residence of British, French or Russian monarchs.- Guardian (UK)

A breath of fresh air: Our home-grown rural architecture...so obsessed...with imitating the alien that we have ignored...taking into account the outdoors. [a public works landscaping project] demonstrating that the outside is equally important. - Interdec Systems- Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Landscape architecture through the ages- Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Kathryn Findlay admits the agony of folding her practice, but vows she will bounce back - Ushida Findlay Architects- BD/Building Design (UK)

Interview: John O. Norquist/Congress for the New Urbanism 'Takes Five' with Whitney Gould: Seeing the strength of urban neighborhoods- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The man behind the Athens Olympics architecture: "Santiago Calatrava: The Architect's Studio" [at Henry Art Gallery] brilliantly captures the essence of perhaps the hottest architect in the world today.- Seattle Times

The shape of things to come: With the new skyscrapers, size isn't everything: "Tall Buildings" at MoMA- Chicago Tribune

Modern Meets Tradition: University of Michigan Museum of Art Expansion/Restoration - Allied Works Architecture [images]- ArchNewsNow


-- Expansion & renovation: Tétreault Dubuc Saia et associés: Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Québec
-- Exhibition: "Tall Buildings," MoMA QNS, New York


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