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Today's News - September 10, 2004

Stirling Prize shortlist of six includes: a "gherkin," a "shard," a "stiletto in the ghetto," and a "bulbous sea creature" (odds-makers favor the big pickle). -- Liverpool doesn't want an icon (but it asked for a landmark…semantics, anyone?) -- No more double-deckers for London? (Say it ain't so!). -- NYC opens doors to dozens of architectural treasures. -- Melbourne opens doors to Robin Boyd treasures. -- A presidential library that builds bridges (literally and figuratively). -- A new, sparkly green corporate icon in Manhattan. -- Russia and Germany go to Venice to raise the profiles of homegrown architectural talents. -- Bacteria transform toxins into safe, biodegradable plastic. -- A young architect in Prague has fun with laminates. -- Weekend diversions: Ant Farm, architecture's rock band, celebrated in Philadelphia; artists take on functional forms in New York.

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Final six compete for Stirling prize: Britain's glitziest architecture prize is to see a battle of the outsize icons... - Foster (2); Libeskind; Spacelab (Cook/Fournier); Ian Ritchie; MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard [link to images/odds]- Guardian (UK)

Liverpool stands firm against icons: The 2008 Capital of Culture refuses to replace scrapped Alsop scheme with another icon... Alsop: “If they are not going to have an icon, then why did they hold the competition in the first place using words like landmark?”- BD/Building Design (UK)

Trouble On London Buses: Outrage as traditional Routemasters replaced by modernist buses- International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU)

Here's your free key to the city's architectural treasures: At the second annual Open House New York, more than 100 buildings in all five boroughs will [let] the masses troop through for no charge.- Christian Science Monitor

Robin Boyd, at home: National Trust has organised a rare (and sold out) view into the creative and private work of this innovative architect. By Norman Day [link to images]- The Age (Australia)

Bill's New Bridge: The Clinton presidential library in Little Rock stunningly evokes the 'bridge to the 21st century' he envisioned. - [images]- Newsweek

Making a mark on Manhattan: Prismatic glass and `green' technology will set off Bank of America's new building - Cook+Fox Architects [image]- Charlotte Observer

Strong Foundations: Designs by a new generation of Russian architects go on display in Venice.- Moscow Times (Russia)

Building a New Reputation Abroad: Despite their strong architectural tradition, very few Germans get to build important projects abroad. But at architecture biennale in Venice and at similar events, they're trying to change that. - Sauerbruch Hutton; Carsten Roth- Deutsche Welle (Germany)

Bacteria Turn Toxins Into [safe, biodegradable] Plastic: ...potential industrial and commercial uses ...plastic coating of cardboard and heat-resistant plastic- Wired magazine

In excellent form: Architecture student Jaroslav Koza claims that design is his hobby and that he strives for "architecture plus". But so far he is best known for his high-jinks with laminates. [images]- Prague Tribune

A celebration of Ant Farm, architecture's rock band [at Institute of Contemporary Art]. By Inga Saffron [images]- Philadelphia Inquirer

Designers for a Day: Sculptors Take a Turn: The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit of functional designs by visual artists is definitely worth seeing...- New York Times

Chic and Green: A conversation with the architect at the forefront of moving modular prefab (and green) houses into the mainstream with Glidehouse. - Michelle Kaufmann [images]- ArchNewsNow


-- Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia), Italy
-- René van Zuuk Architekten: Arcam, Amsterdam
-- Santiago Calatrava: Athens Olympic Sports Complex
-- Book: Shigeru Ban By Matilda McQuaid, Phaidon Press


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