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    LIBESKIND SCHEME CHOSEN FOR WTC

    On February 27, 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) selected Studio Daniel Libeskind and their widely-applauded design to guide the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in New York. The "Memory Foundations" submission by the Polish-American architect emerged from a competition lasting many months, involving some of the best known architects in the world, and inspiring a lively, often rancorous, public debate. Although the debating is far from over, there now appears to be a framework from which to develop a long-term reconstruction plan.

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    BUREAU ASSAR AND SOM WIN NEW NATO

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced in January 2003 the results of an international architectural design competition for a new NATO Headquarters. They have selected a consortium made up of the London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and the Belgian Bureau Assar to design the new building. Scheduled for completion in 2009, it will be located adjacent to the current NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

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    25-YEAR AWARD TO DR HQ

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author and architect Robert Campbell, FAIA, described it as "a glass vitrine at the scale of architecture, a display case for the contents inside? The glass facets of the facade give it the character of a cut jewel." The Design Research Headquarters building in Cambridge, Massachusetts is the newest recipient of the prestigious 25-Year Award by the American Institute of Architects.

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    ENGINEERING REPORT ON PENTAGON DISASTER

    When the Pentagon in Washington D.C. was hit by a hijacked plane on September 11, 2001, the damage and the loss of life were appalling. But the destruction was less severe than might have been expected from such an impact. About 20,000 people were at work in the U.S. Department of Defense headquarters, the largest office building in the world. Yet according to casualty reports, only 125 Pentagon employees were killed along with the 64 from the ill-fated airliner.

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    More Architecture News

    Rhode Island Tragedy Raises Building Design Issue — Yahoo News, 2003.0304

    Garden Supplanted at WTC — Chicago Tribune, 2003.0304

    The 'Final' WTC Plan: Grade It Zero — New York Post, 2003.0303

    Design for Pentagon Memorial Chosen — CNN, 2003.0302

    AIA Elevates 62 to Fellow, 5 to Honorary Fellow — AIArchitect, 2003.0228

    AIA Louisiana Honor Awards — AIArchitect, 2003.0228

    New WTC Plan: No Finest Hour — New York Post, 2003.0228

    Vision for Lower Manhattan Is Still in Flux — New York Times, 2003.0228

    Practical Issues for Ground Zero — New York Times, 2003.0228

    A Memorial, Yes, but Battle Lines Form for Everything Else — New York Times, 2003.0227

    Winning WTC Plan is Taller than Twin Towers — CNN, 2003.0227

    Libeskind Design Chosen for Rebuilding at Ground Zero — New York Times, 2003.0227

    Panel Makes Unexpected Choice for World Trade Center Site — New York Times, 2003.0226

    Finalists for Ground Zero Design Pull Out the Stops — New York Times, 2003.0226

    High Hopes for Dubai Skyscraper — BBC News, 2003.0225

    High Drama — Los Angeles Times, 2003.0225

    Lincoln Center Selects Architectural Team — New York Times, 2003.0224

    A New Vision for Ground Zero Beyond Mainstream Modernism — New York Times, 2003.0223

    Two Choices Rise from the Ashes of Ground Zero — Boston Globe, 2003.0223

    Rain-Soaked Roofs Collapse in D.C. Area — New York Times, 2003.0223

    More Than 250 Die as Earthquake Hits China — New York Times, 2003.0223

    Decision on WTC Site Redevelopment Nears — AP at Architecture Guide, 2003.0222

    Sham Plan for New WTC — New York Post, 2003.0221

    WTC Front-Runner Disses Rival — New York Daily News, 2003.0221

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