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Today's News - August 15, 2003

Architecture loses an enfant terrible: "Architects are the biggest whores in town. They talk in platitudes about improving the quality of life, and then get out drawings of the prison they're working on." -- In Kabul, Canadian "embassy buildings should have the ability to be disassembled and removed." -- Future development in Pudong will take humans into account featuring (how considerate). -- Park designs for Boston's Big Dig are getting lambasted before the ink is dry. -- Lessons in park accessibility from Milwaukee. -- Landscape law claimed a hardship for developers (but what of those who have to live there?). -- Prefab takes the high road with high design. -- Home and rental unit builders better take baby boomers into account in New Zealand. -- A Sikh temple in Glasgow "will be a fitting and flamboyant addition" to the cityscape. -- In Los Angeles, a legendary "Rat Pack modern" restaurant gives way to high-end apartments. -- Macy's and Target told to get their design acts together. -- British starchitects' profits fall but "The practices will not collapse. We are moving from the signature architect to the signature brand." -- Urban goes rural. -- Plans for a plastic Berlin Wall…give us a break!

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Obituary: Cedric Price, 68: Hugely creative architect ahead of his time in promoting themes of lifelong learning and brownfield regeneration- Guardian (UK)

Obituary: Cedric Price, 68: ...perfected his role as enfant terrible of the profession, he had a huge influence on a younger generation of architects such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Will Alsop...- Telegraph (UK)

Build Kabul embassy; own security required: Ottawa taking bids- National Post (Canada)

Pudong New Area's 3-Year Action Program for Economic Development: ...taking humans as the foundation...adopting a step-by-step approach to key environmental construction and gradually building a city eco-environment- People's Daily (China)

Designing opposition: When designing public spaces in Boston, getting beaten up is a rite of passage. - EDAW- Boston Globe

Lack of RiverWalk access protested: Activists threaten to sue, say design impedes use by people with disabilities. By Whitney Gould- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Council delays enforcement of landscape law until Jan. 1- The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Prefab chic: Forget cookie cutter. Think cutting edge. Manufactured housing need not lack design or quality. - Oskar Kaufmann; Rocio Romero; Resolution: 4 Architecture [images]- CNN

2021, the future: We take you into the future of New Zealand's housing market- nzoom.com (New Zealand)

£10m temple for gap site in Glasgow centre: Sikhs follow tradition of grand buildings - Paul Monaghan- The Herald (Scotland)

Perino's: Food May Give Way to Lodging: will retain a few key elements of exterior designed by Paul R. Williams - Wade Killefer/Killefer Flammang Architects- Los Angeles Times

Planners pan Macy's Marketplace store design: Not a good fit for San Luis Obispo- San Luis Obispo Tribune

Napa planners criticize design of future Target store- Napa Valley Register

Rogers and Grimshaw profits fall in wake of 9/11: 'Brand' architects...have suffered more from economic jitters than rivals in UK market.- Building (UK)

In the Upstate Hills, TriBeCa Fields Forever: For New York architects, the city sensibility can be as hard to shake off as grit from shoes. - Peter Franck; Kathleen Triem [images]- New York Times

Artist aims to rebuild 29-mile plastic copy of the Berlin Wall across the city...coinciding with the city holding the football World Cup.- Guardian (UK)

Housing the Machine: Industrial facilities don't have to be unattractive. - Hillier [images]- ArchNewsNow


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