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Today's News - December 20, 2005

As the first anniversary nears, an international shortlist announced for tsunami memorial. -- Other architects express concern about its environmental impact. -- A shortlist of three for Cultural Center of the Philippines. -- What went wrong with the BBC's grand architectural plans? (value engineering, anyone?) -- Can a team of three work together on Orange County Great Park? A cautious yes. -- Seattle's Koolhaas cool house may dazzle critics, but does it really work as a library? -- Developers and starchitects descend on Manhattan's High Line (not mentioned are Diller, Scofidio + Renfro and Field Operations, who are actually designing the park). -- Several notable takes on vision, optimism, and activism (or lack thereof). -- Singapore's newest addition to skyline will be world's 10th tallest (residential tower, that is). -- Another thumbs-up for new Royal Ontario Museum galleries. -- A German (woman) architect researches architecture and women in Yemen. -- Peter Hall finds a unicorn in the garden (and hits and misses in sustainable urbanism). -- Calatrava exhibit at the Met both supports and undermines his celebrity. -- A company that bends the rules so architects can bend their buildings. -- Confessions of an FLW groupie. -- Editor's note: Yes, Virignia, there is a grinch (or grinches) who can steal Christmas...our sympathy to colleagues and friends suffering a transit strike in NYC.




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