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2000
The new $100 million, 140,000-sq.-foot Experience Music Project was due to be completed in Seattle. It was funded by Paul G. Allen and dedicated to the celebration of creativity in music.
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2001 Mar 17
Ray Rice, one of the founders of the Art and Architecture movement, died at age 85 in Mendocino. His work include 40 short films.
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2001 Apr 1
The Pritzker Prize for Architecture was awarded to Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Mueron of Basel, Switzerland.
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2001 Apr
In SF the 36-story Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, designed by Handel Architects, opened at 757 Market near Fourth St. It included 277-room hotel with rooms starting at $299 per night, and 142 condominiums at over 2 mil per unit. In 2005 the hotel was put up for sale.
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2001 May 2
Germany inaugurated its new Chancellery in Berlin designed by Axel Schultes. There were concerns that the building was too grandiose.
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2001 Oct 6
Joseph Allen Stein (b.1912), architect, died in North Carolina. Much of his work was done in India where he designed the India International Center in Delhi.
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2001 Dec
Vebjorn Sand, Norwegian artist, completed a 330-foot bridge linking Norway and Sweden at Aas, 16 miles south of Oslo. The design was based on plans drawn up by Leonardo da Vinci in 1502.
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2001
In China Zhengzhou city in Henan province unveiled plans for a new city and hired Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa to design Zhengdong New District and its main showcase buildings. Completion was scheduled for 2015 at a cost of $25 billion.
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2002 Apr 14
Glenn Murcutt, Australian architect, was selected as the winner of the Pritzker Architectural Prize.
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2002 Sep 2
The $195 million Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles was dedicated. It was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
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2002 Dec 2
Achille Castiglioni (84), Italian interior designer and architect, died in Milan.
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2002 Dec 15
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, was reopened to the public after a $27 million realignment that dragged on for over a decade.
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2002
James Howard Kunstler authored "The City in Mind," a comparison of Europe's urban centers with those in the US.
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2002
Architect Frank Gehry founded Gehry Technologies. The company developed software based on the CATIA product design tool by Dassault Systems, and later marketed it as Digital Project, a building information modeling (BIM) tool.
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2003 Feb 26
NYC chose an airy spire, designed by Daniel Libeskind, for the site of the for-mer World Trade Center destroyed on 9/11/2001. The spire would be taller than any other building in the world at a height of 1,776 feet.
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2003 Mar 20
The SF Asian Museum opened in the renovated former SF main Library. The makeover was designed by Italian architect Gae Aulenti (1928-2012). She was also known for the 1986 makeover of a Parisian train station into the Musee D’Orsay.
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2003 Apr 9
Abraham Zabludovsky (78), Polish-born Mexican architect, died. His projects included the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City.
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2003 Oct 17
Taiwanese officials celebrated the completion of the world's tallest skyscraper after crews installed the pinnacle on the 1,676-foot-tall building.
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2003 Oct 28
In SF it was announced that the Helen Diller Family Foundation would make a $35 million donation to the new cancer research center of UCSF at Mission Bay. The new 5-story Diller Building, designed by Uruguay-born architect, Rafael Vinoly, opened in 2009.
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2003 Dec 19
New plans revealed that the signature NYC skyscraper at the World Trade Center site will be a 1,776-foot glass tower that twists into the sky, topped by energy-generating windmills and a spire that evokes the Statue of Liberty. The plan was produced after months of contentious negotiations between Daniel Libeskind, who designed the overall five-building site plan, and David Childs, the lead architect for the Freedom Tower.
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2003 Dec
The 40-story London building at 30 St. Mary Axe, designed by Norman Foster, opened. Its peculiar shaped was frequently compared to a gherkin.
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2003
The new Mori Art Museum opened in Tokyo atop the 53-story Mori Tower. It was named its founder and builder, real estate developer Minoru Mori.
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2003
Renzo Piano’s “Shard of Glass”, a skyscraper to be built near London Bridge, won planning consent. It rivaled the proposed 63-storey Bishopsgate Tower named Helter-Skelter.
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2004 Jan 6
A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York.
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2004 Mar 21
Zaha Hadid (53), a Baghdad-born designer, became the third Briton to win the Pritzker Prize in Architecture, and the 1st woman to win the prize in its 25-year history.
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2004 May 23
Seattle’s new $165 million downtown Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened.
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2004 May 28
French engineers brought the two central ends of the Millau road viaduct in southwest France together, completing the span of the highest bridge in the world. The bridge spans the valley of the Tarn river to carry a motorway from Clermont-Ferrand to Beziers and establishing a major north-south axis parallel to the Rhone valley. The $378 million bridge is expected to open Jan 2005.
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2004 Nov 20
The new NYC MOMA opened in midtown Manhattan. Its new tower was designed by Yoshio Taniguchi.
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2004 Nov 27
In India Aga Khan, billionaire spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, presented the triennial Aga Khan awards for architecture.
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2004 Dec 16
An apartment building was inaugurated in Brazil, each of whose 11 storeys turned independently, giving residents 360-degree views of the eco-friendly city of Curitiba.
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2004
Scotland’s new ₤431 million Parliament building opened in Edinburgh.
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2005 Jan 25
Philip Johnson (b.1906), architect, died in Conn. His buildings included 101 California St. in SF and the AT&T building in NYC.
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2005 Mar 22
Kenzo Tange (91), Japanese architect, died. His work included the stadiums for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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2005 May 21
In Oakland, Ca., groundbreaking took place for the new Cathedral of Christ the Light at the northwest tip of Lake Merritt. It was built on the site of an 1893 neo-Gothic brick church damaged by the 1989 earthquake. The $131 million Catholic project was designed by Craig Hartman. Completion was expected in 2008. Dedication ceremonies for the $190 million cathedral were later set for Sep 25, 2008.
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2005 Jun 29
In Manhattan a new design, by architect David M. Childs, was unveiled for the Freedom Tower.
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2005 Aug 9
Officials in San Jose, Ca., opened their new $390 million, 18-story City Hall. It was designed by Richard Meier with an original budget of $214 million.
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2005 Aug 27
In Sweden the HSB Turning Torso skyscraper was completed and became the new landmark for the city of Malmo.
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2005 Sep 10
E. Stewart Williams, Palm Springs architect, died in Palm Springs. He designed Frank Sinatra’s 1st Palm Springs home in 1947.
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2005 Oct 15
San Jose, Ca., city officials inaugurated the new, $346 million City Hall. The 530,000sf project is comprised of a 3-story Council Chamber building, a 108-foot high rotunda facing a new civic plaza and an eighteen story tower which houses municipal offices.
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2005 Oct 25
Barry Nielson (48), SF architect, died from injuries of an assault on Oct 21 at Bryant and Mariposa.
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2005 Nov 1
In SF the $250 million, 41-story Hotel St. Regis, located at 125 3rd St., was expected to open. 2-bedroom condos were asking $1.8-2.5 million. It was designed by architect Craig Hartman of Skidmore Owings Merrill.
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2005 Nov 10
In SF ground breaking was scheduled for a $270 million, 55-story, 709-unit luxury condominium at One Rincon Hill. The project included a 2nd 45-story tower. Completion was set for December 2007.

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2005 Nov 17
SF City Engineer Hanson Tom ordered that no construction permit be issued for 2 residential towers on Rincon Hill pending more seismic safety study.
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2005 Dec 6
Japan's Cabinet approved measures to demolish buildings designed using falsified earthquake safety data and to relocate residents amid a widening construction scandal.
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2005 Dec 15
James Freed, German-born American architect, died at his home in NYC. His work included the Washington DC Holocaust Museum (1993) and the SF Main Library (1996).
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2005
Chicago’s glass towers at 71 S. Wacker and 111 S. Wacker were built.
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2006 Jan 23
In Kenya a five-story building collapsed in central Nairobi with more than 280 construction workers inside, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 60. The government next day said the owner and contractor of a building were rushing workers to complete the structure before the concrete on lower levels had set.

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2006 Feb 1
In Kenya Four suspended senior officials of the City Council of Nairobi were charged with negligence in the Jan 23 collapse of a building in Nairobi that killed at least 17 people and injured more than 100.
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2006 Apr 9
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Brazilian architect, was named winner of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize. His work included the Brazilian Sculpture Museum in Sao Paulo.
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2006 Jun 19
Faheem Khalid Lodhi (36), a Pakistani-born architect was convicted of plotting a terrorist attack in Australia. He was arrested in April 2004 at his home in suburban Sydney. The jury convicted Lodhi of charges relating to maps, chemical inquiries and bombmaking instructions. On August 23 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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2006 Jul 8
The Guggenheim Foundation announced it had commissioned American architect Frank Gehry to build a new branch of the Guggenheim modern and contemporary art museum in Abu Dhabi. The $400 million structure was planned as a showpiece for Saadiyat Island’s Culture District.
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2006 Aug 8
Russian officials said drawings by the late architect Yakov Chernikhov (d.1951), worth millions of dollars, had disappeared from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art. Chernikhov was widely admired for his avant-garde and constructivist designs. Rosokhrankultura said it became aware of the Chernikhov thefts after nine missing drawings were sold at auction by auction house Christie's on June 22.
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2006 Sep 15
In Costa Mesa, Ca., the new $200 million Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall opened. It was designed by Cesar Pelli (79).
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2006 Oct 7
In Colorado the new 146,000-square-foot Denver Art Museum opened to the public. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind.
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2006 Oct
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) opened its Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va. the new $500 million lab, designed by Rafael Vinoly, planned to engage in long-term medical research.
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2006 Nov 27
French developers have selected a design by Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne, an award-winning American architect, for a bold new building in Paris nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and powered partly by the wind. Completion was set for 2012.
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2006
Rob Keil published “Little Boxes: The Architecture of a Classic Midcentury Suburb.” The photo-filled book focused on the Westlake disctrict of Daly City, Ca.
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2006
Abu Dhabi initiated the development of Masdar, a new smart city built on a raised platform and expected to house 40,000 people.
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2007 Jan 26
Hans J. Wegner (b.1914), Danish furniture designer, died in Copenhagen. He created an average of five chairs for every year of his life.
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2007 Feb
In SF Workers began moving into the new federal building at Seventh and Mission. The $144 million structure was designed by Thom Mayne.
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