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Today's News - January 31, 2006

A new library helps to revitalize a once riot-torn Los Angeles community. -- Pondering the future of Chicago's Navy Pier, Block 37, and 2016 Olympic dreams. -- In New York, bean counters and security fears dampen what could be a dazzling design for Javits Center. -- In Philadelphia, the client as much as the architect is to blame for design that doesn't heal a sickly boulevard. -- Is X-Museum right for Liverpool? Two takes: yes (the architect), and no (Traditional Architects Group). -- A lament for the new MoMA: "Almost as soon as the noisy media-drenched re-opening...was over, a strange silence enveloped the museum." -- Mall site for new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, applauded by some, not by others (we'll watch for design competition announcement that's sure to follow). -- Toronto's "prefab guru" muses about prefab ever catching on in Canada. -- Hawthorne's take on Mayne's Cincinnati rec center on the coolish side (but - o-o-oh that gym!). -- Speer revs up for a "Detroit of the East" in China. -- Meanwhile Detroit revs up to show off its "coolest digs" during the Super Bowl. -- Security bollards now can be "as fashionable and versatile as handbags." -- An international shortlist named for Absolute tower in Mississauga. -- International winners in Miami+Beach Bienal 2005 competition. -- UN Studio's "Holiday Home" in Philadelphia is a fun-house of happy dreams and nightmares.




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