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Today's News - September 23, 2004

We lose a master Modernist. -- Urban degeneration/regeneration in the U.K. -- A colossal in Israel "raises aggressive ugliness to a new level." -- The De Young soars above the treetops, and not all are thrilled. -- An Australian firm making its mark in China. -- Alsop gives Toronto its newest icon (something the city needs more of). -- An architect's take on good school design: requires "a decent budget, based on a realistic timescale and founded on well-considered aspirations…" -- Columbia University's new dean has ambitious goals. -- Q&A with London architect and his Denver museum project. -- Exhibit shows off some funky federal design. -- A look at Israel's contribution to Venice Biennale. -- A "Hero of the Planet" to be feted in Hollywood.

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Obituary: Edward Larrabee Barnes, Modern Architect, 89: ...cherished the ideals of clarity and functionality...- New York Times

Ciabatta cities: In our town centres, local degeneration marches hand-in-chain-store-glove with urban regeneration. By Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

The hill of the evil eye: Holyland Park is a colossal real estate project that raises aggressive ugliness to a new level, a destructive and miserable combination of mistaken decisions. By Esther Zandberg - Ram Carmi; Spector-Amisar [image]- Ha`aretz (Israel)

De Young [museum] soars as source of discussion: Some love it, comparing the tower...to a famous pagoda in China. Others hate it, describing the perforated skin as "the cubist victim of a drive-by shooting." - Herzog & de Meuron [images]- Contra Costa Times (California)

Our man in China: The firm that brought us Federation Square is about to work its peculiar magic on the world's largest construction canvas - Beijing. - Lab architecture studio- The Age (Australia)

Building goes out on a limb: Sharp Pavilion at the Ontario College of Art and Design...Toronto has never seen anything remotely like it...increasingly perceived as a city willing to take risks. Nothing could be further from the truth... By Christopher Hume - Will Alsop- Toronto Star

Comment: Lessons over funding have to be learned: You get what you pay for in PPP schools projects...Richard Murphy...[criticised] the quality of school design produced under the Public Private Partnership procurement route. And he’s right - partly. By Kevin Cooper/Parr Partnership Architects- The Scotsman (UK)

From New Zealand to Columbia, New Dean Aims for Greatness: Mark Wigley has somewhat ambitious goals for the [Columbia] Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.- Columbia Spectator

Q&A with David Adjaye: City's been "wiped clean": ...his impressions of Denver and his thoughts about urbanism, the future and architecture.- Denver Post

The feds get funky: A government program promotes out-of-the-ordinary public buildings: "Civic Spirit: Changing the Course of Federal Design," a compact and effective exhibit at the Center for Architecture, puts the recent record of cutting- edge government design on display... By Justin Davidson- NY Newsday

Sea of change: The Israeli coastline was never thought of in the Zionist vision as a stable and final border, as the `Back to the Sea' exhibition at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice reveals. By Esther Zandberg- Ha`aretz (Israel)

Herman Miller Presents "Heroes for the Planet: An Evening with William McDonough" at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood October 27- Business Wire

Metamorphosis and Transcending Hype: Observations from the Field: The Venice Biennale offers a message of optimism and exuberant anticipation for architecture in a post-9/11 world -- for the most part. By Margaret Helfand, FAIA [images]- ArchNewsNow


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