Issue : 18 December 2003
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NY'S OLYMPIC HIGH FIVESubscription
Zaha Hadid Architects has made it onto the five-strong shortlist to design an Olympic village for New York's rival games bid.The Londonbased office will now battle it out against Danish practice Henning Larsens Tegnestue, Dutch MVRDV, California-based Morphosis and New York-based Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects.Over 130 architects from 20 countries entered the competition to draw up a design study for the site in Queens West, across the East River from the United Nations.
Erick van Egeraat Associated ArchitectsSubscription
The London office of Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects has drawn up the final proposals for this $250 million (£143 million) high-rise development called Moscow City.The 2.5 million m 2scheme will include the tallest buildings in the Russian capital, two slender skyscrapers reaching 54 and 65 storeys.The towers will have office space in the lower levels, while the upper floors will be used for apartments and penthouses.
OBE reject hoax sparks Owusu Guardian writSubscription
Founder of the Society of Black Architects, Elsie Owusu OBE, is suing the Guardian newspaper after falling victim to a malicious hoax.
LIBESKIND'S FINAL FREEDOMSubscription
The final designs of Freedom Tower, the centrepiece of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York, will be unveiled to the public tomorrow (Friday).The scheme - drawn up by Daniel Libeskind in collaboration with SOM's David Childs - are understood to include a massive wind turbine designed by London-based engineer Battle McCarthy.Visit www. ajplus. co. uk for the latest news.
CABE DOES THE ROUNDSSubscription
CABE has announced its latest round of funding grants for architecture and built environment centres throughout the UK.
ZOO SUFFERS PCC ACTIONSubscription
The ARB's PCC committee has reprimanded the director of Zoo Architects in Glasgow for failing to set out an adequate scope of work.
Farnsworth saved in last ditch bidSubscription
Campaigners have successfully raised $6.7 million (£3.6-4.2 million) and secured Mies van der Rohe's seminal Farnsworth House at a Sotheby's auction in New York last Friday.
The judging panel in the international competition to redesign London's Exhibition Road has recommended the scheme by Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones as the winner.The panel praised the practice's submission as 'restrained and yet confident'and 'respectful and yet long term'. The clients - which include the mayor of London and the councils of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea - will now 'enter into negotiations to formalise the appointment'.
DEWAR BLAME DEEPENSSubscription
Donald Dewar, Scotland's late first minister, has again come under fire at the Holyrood inquiry.Opposition parties have accused him of 'misleading Scottish taxpayers'over the cost of Enric Miralles' scheme after it emerged that he failed to heed advice recommending that he increase the original project estimate from £40 million to £60 million.The latest cost estimate has now reached £401 million.
BEIJING ADDED TO BIENNALESubscription
Beijing is set to join Venice and Clerkenwell in hosting an architecture biennale in 2004.