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Today's News - September 13, 2006

We lose a master of modern office furniture (whatever would we do without our Aeron?). -- A call for Canada to take back its city centers that are "losing the war against bad taste, poor planning and the power of big-box retail." -- Pelli as the "architect's architect." -- Toronto's new botanical garden is "a supremely civilizing force and, therefore, much needed." -- Campuses jumping on the green bandwagon find payoff in many ways. -- A low-tech, self-sustainable school takes shape in the Himalayas. -- Long favored in Europe, a recycled composite is becoming a hot building material in the U.S. -- Instead of filling landfills, vaporize them (there are skeptics). -- A new documentary about a house made out of scrap. -- Architectural ornament is beginning to come back. -- Two teams named winners in Singapore's Gardens by the Bay master plan competition. -- An Austrian gives Nepal its own garden of Babylon (along with a few thorns). -- Call for entries: 2007 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards, and Because Green Matters Awards. -- South Africa celebrates its best. -- ASLA awards students. -- One we couldn't resist: the Shakespearean cast of characters who star in architecture crits - "that tragicomic rite of passage."

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