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Today's News - August 8, 2006

A new Utah University performance hall bridges the town/gown divide. -- New Urbanists and pro-property rights advocates have become masters of storytelling to get their messages across. -- America knows how to build successful mixed-use communities, but is there the political will? -- Ouroussoff takes on new planning strategy in New Orleans: it's now up to the residents to master plan their future - despite lack of comprehensive guidelines. -- Chicago's mayor is getting public housing right. -- To get things right in Mumbai, Correa says people should elect mayor and use planners and architects as experts, not just executioners. -- Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square finally hip. -- Three visions for L.A.'s cornfield park. -- Phoenix gets ready to open its new stadium (or is it a "giant silver-frosted cupcake" or a "coiled rattlesnake" or a barrel cactus?). -- The National Park Seminary outside of Washington, DC, is ready for its fantasy makeover. -- L.A. preservationists rescue a Lautner. -- Malaysian architecture without the kitsch. -- Surveillance technology leaves Big Brother behind. -- Shortlist for U.K.'s 2006 Better Public Building Awards. -- In a new book about Sydney Opera House, Utzon thanks his successor (without naming names). -- Erickson exhibition doesn't do Canada's "most distinguished architect" (and what has "kept him from achieving the greatness of which he's capable?"). -- An Osaka exhibition looks at an "alternative modernism."

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