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Today's News - August 3, 2006

"Environmental morality" vs. speed: both sides trapped in "mental pillboxes." -- With "a larger, more educated pool of designers, developers and contractors," green building is coming of age. -- LEED takes wing at Boston airport. -- Home of recycled Big Dig leftovers might be over-budget, "but at least it doesn't leak." -- Toronto needs a Department of Fun: too hostile to big plans (but why blame it on Jane Jacobs, we wonder?). -- The city needs to put its civic money where its mouth is. -- New urbanism in Kansas City: part Hollywood, part Disney World, and loving living in a shopping center. -- Security barriers: safe, not scary. -- Plans for University of Virginia South Lawn project a bit too neo-Jeffersonian? -- Ken Smith conquers Orange County (spectacles and all). -- Meanwhile, Great Park may grow by another 400 acres (as long as developer can build 9,500 homes around it). -- A Creation Museum set to open because "Americans just aren't gullible enough to believe that they came from a fish" (tried as we might, we could find no mention of architect). -- A few "fantastic curveball questions" from Koolhaas added some spark to Serpentine marathon.

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