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Today's News - July 31, 2006

Hume takes a thoughtful look at the phoenix-like ability of Beirut to emerge from the ashes (we hope it will again). -- A Corbu church rises in Firminy, but is it really Corbu? -- A rant about the trend of art museums designed by great architects being "so dramatic as to distract from the art" (and one in particular). -- Sudjic's take on the Tate expansion, and claim that Spence was the greatest British architect "is as depressing as it is unlikely." -- Moscow to get a touch of "Good Old England," though critics say though buildings will be "undoubtedly swish, are typically nouveau Russian. Grandiose, with just a hint of oppression..." (poor Pooh). -- A town of 50,000 slated for Florida ranch. -- Curving towers in Las Vegas will doubtless become icons, once they figure out how to build them. -- King savors Chicago and its "architectural razzmatazz." -- A visitors center in Windsor Park is something even Prince Charles and Krier could aspire to. -- In Memphis, decayed public housing project headed toward the wrecking ball seen as good news by everyone but preservationists. -- Skateboard parks are a new design niche. -- Toronto's Kuwabara is cool. -- The "elegant rationalism of Milwaukee's Shields makes him the city's "un-Calatrava" architect. -- Cooper Union celebrates Hejduk. -- Traveling exhibit of planned border stations shows "good fences can make good neighbors, especially when those fences have great-looking gates" (if they actually get built). -- Utopia explored in "Ideal City - Invisible Cities" exhibition in Poland.

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