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Today's News - October 22, 2004

A peek into the selection process for WTC cultural buildings. -- Politics and architecture: a call for politicians to give architects a freer hand. -- An architect calls for a "chemical change" in Calcutta's urban planning laws. -- 15 seconds that changed San Francisco - part 2: cultural institutions changing the city's urban fabric. -- Pittsburgh's 20-year investment in the arts is paying off. -- Three finalists in stadium plans for Newark. -- An Italian female architect getting her due recognition. -- Wright's Blue Sky Mausoleum opens for business. -- Survey results: homebuyers want shorter commutes and walkable communities; warm workers work better. -- Weekend reading: design philosophies.

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Why Gehry and Snohetta Landed WTC Projects: On the surface, the architects selected to design the World Trade Center's two cultural buildings could not have more different profiles. By Alex Frangos - Adamson Associates- Wall Street Journal

Greatness cannot flourish while planners rule: Although the public dislikes many modern buildings, politicians should swallow hard and allow architects a freer hand. By Elizabeth Farrelly - Seidler; Murcutt; Tzannes; Popov- Sydney Morning Herald

Constructing the future: Forget the past, move on and create the marvellous buildings of tomorrow [says] the leader of a new group of architectural champions...Australian Architecture Association - Murcutt; Johnson; Popov; Seidler; Zumthor; Piano; Chipperfield; Siza; Chicago Architecture Foundation- Sydney Morning Herald

Law shift for modern city: Calcutta needs a complete “chemical change” in its urban bylaws to realise its growth potential and transform itself into “a modern and kicking” city - Hafeez Contractor- The Telegraph (India)

15 seconds that changed San Francisco: The Loma Prieta earthquake shook the city's cultural foundations, leading to historic change...a new vision in which culture is...shaping neighborhoods and setting architectural trends... By John King - Herzog + de Meuron; Mario Botta; Gae Aulenti [images]- San Francisco Chronicle

Three Designs Unveiled for [$355 million] Arena in Newark: ...ranged from a Roman Colosseum-like oval to the layered curves of a design that simulated a sheath of melting ice. - Morris Adjmi Architects; Hillier Group; Kohn Pederson Fox- New York Times

From Rust Belt to arts mecca: Pittsburgh reaps the benefits of its 20-year investment in a downtown cultural district - and in the vitality of its young people. - Dan Kiley; Richard Gluckman- Christian Science Monitor

Neighborhood-friendly plan gives Hillier edge: The three finalists for the design of Newark's new, 700,000-square-foot hockey arena...Neoclassical, contemporary commercial, and Gehry-esque Conceptual. - Morris Adjmi Architects; Kohn Pedersen Fox; HOK Sport- The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

Getting Her Due Recognition: American project [Asian Art Museum, San Francisco] showcases talents of veteran Italian female architect Gaetana Aulenti- Tandem (Canada)

A step in Wright direction: Blue Sky Mausoleum unveiling in Forest Lawn enhances city's hopes for cultural tourism- Buffalo News

2004 American Community Survey: Homebuyers Favor Shorter Commutes, Walkable Neighborhoods - National Association of Realtors; Smart Growth America- Business Wire

Warm workers work better, an ergonomics study at Cornell University finds.- Newswise

De/Re/Materialisation: Information & inhabitation: toward an architecture of disclosure & enclosure; The Voice of Sustainment: Rematerialisation as a Prospective Project; etc. - Albert Borgmann; Cameron Tonkinwise; Tony Fry [click "Current Issue"]- Design Philosophy Papers/Team D/E/S (Australia)

Healing Stories: Renovating San Francisco's Ronald McDonald House - ADD, Inc.; Babey Moulton Jue & Booth; Chong Partners Architecture; Huntsman Architectural Group; IA Interior Architects; RMW; SmithGroup; SMWM; TSAO Design Group [images]- ArchNewsNow

Exhibition Review: "RED + WHITE: Canadians in Design" at Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London- ArchNewsNow


Henning Larsens Tegnestue: The Opera House. Copenhagen, Denmark: A grand arrival Plaza welcomes the audience arriving by boat or along the harbor promenade.

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