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Today's News - April 19, 2005

RFEI for NYC's Governors Island seeks "world's greatest ideas." -- "Ephemeral cities" not all they're cracked up to be: architects and planners "would do better to focus on middle-class housing, places for artisanal industry, family-friendly public spaces..." -- A U.K. conference explores the battle for suburbia. -- Battle looms over resort development of pristine Puerto Rican beachfront: over 1,000 homes, but it will include its own environmental research center (how much more environmentally sensitive can they get?). -- A useful checklist in making the case for building green. -- Paris to lose an Ando-designed museum: too much red tape. -- Manhattan's High Line struts its design stuff at MoMA. -- Portland, OR, has two plans to choose from for midtown esplanade. -- Sacramento gets an artful park that "delves into the quest for terrestrial paradise, the cosmos and the history of gold." -- The Hermitage shows plans for new wing (not all are pleased with Koolhaas as consultant). -- A warning to furniture makers: beware of illegal mahogany from Peru. -- News flash: architecture school breeds stress. -- Hard hat exhibition: Architect/artist teams on show in apartment building under construction in Shanghai. -- "Extreme Textiles" at Cooper-Hewitt shows extreme designs. -- Book review: "Engineering Archie" examines Archibald Leitch, stadium designer.




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