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Today's News - December 6, 2005

WTC Memorial Foundation issues RFP for construction management/general contractor. -- Meanwhile, the power struggle over Ground Zero continues. -- In Beijing, a "gaggle" of starchitects inspire local talent to come up with their own mega-malls and "glitzy" office towers (never mind the demolition of parts of the Old City). -- Winners named in U.K.'s £60,000 affordable housing competition, not at the expense of good design (unfortunately, no architects named). -- Toronto finally gets its urban beach, complete with big yellow umbrellas; and the U.S. press is giddy over the city. -- MacMillan makes his pick for Denver's new justice center (we'll find out if he's right in a few weeks). -- In Johannesburg, a look at the bigger picture of the Beyers Naudé Square project that was much debated last week (see ANN 11/29/05). -- Connecticut's "architectural anomaly...an appealing water plant." -- Museum "wow's" them in Des Moines; next stop: Peoria. -- Historic inn trades blue Formica for green technology. -- Some high, some flighty aspirations for Chicago's water towers. -- Houses at Sagaponac: are they just a "different sort of suburban sprawl?" -- Turning Torsos to tower in Vegas? -- Cloepfil as museum-maker with charm and skill. -- Hadid dazzles (and makes them cower). -- A mega-merger: EDAW and AECOM.




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