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Today's News - July 6, 2006

Warsaw museum competition goes back to square one after jurors walk out when starchitects left out on "Kafka-esque" technicalities. -- Another step closer to making energy self-sufficient buildings a reality - globally. -- The Persian Gulf building boom is putting zeros on the earnings of international architects and engineers (but finding and keeping staff is another issue - not to mention sustainability). -- A shortlist for a skyscraper in Bulgaria (not all are pleased). -- A California project "shows that growth is no longer a dirty word." -- de Botton as "enlightened developer": no "Turkey Twizzler" architecture for him. -- Solid urban design "so rare in Dallas that it seems exotic." -- McDonald's makeover speaks volumes: "It is no longer acceptable...to dumb down design." -- Foster's "gee-whiz engineering" for Hearst Tower puts Lower Manhattan towers to shame. -- The challenges of renovating Yale's Art and Architecture Building. -- A conversation with Holl: Nelson-Atkins, architecture and his career. -- Balmond rhapsodizes about the "cosmic egg" about to hatch at the Serpentine. -- A New York architect catches a metal wave in Brooklyn. -- An "elegantly simple piece of architecture" for a Norwegian fjord lookout. -- A new tome on Wright "has the markings of a public-relations problem" for the FLW Foundation. -- Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs): lots of winners, but disappointment in low number of "Ecodesign" entries.




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