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Today's News - October 23, 2006

ArcSpace brings us Allied Works in Michigan and Alsop in Singapore. -- Will green ratings in the U.K. mean more eco-friendly homes? -- In Dublin, environmentalists say B ratings should really be D's. -- Is 'Visions for New York City" report really visionary, or a road map for future developers? -- Why some are thumbs-up and some thumbs-down on Business Improvement Districts (and just what is a BID anyway?). -- The Salvation Army, its long history as patron of leading edge architecture, and its latest triumph - designed for the poor. -- Sparks fly between Starck and developer about who should live in the towering Lumiere in Leeds. -- A modern-day fortress takes shape as the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. -- For Pearman, London's Young Vic theater is the return of postmodernism, but this time around it's "far less superficial, far more intelligent, and considerably less hysterical." -- A "gaggle of experts" gather in Toronto to (hopefully) help the city get over its fear of heights. -- England's south coast revival proves that "great building design is essential for prosperity." -- Rebirth of "a rain-streaked, litter-strewn concrete monstrosity" offers hope for some of Britain's ugliest buildings (a.k.a. "British architecture's radical experiments in the 1960s and 1970s"). -- A 1975 Chicago jail was a "visual delight" - until recent repairs started. -- Kennicott mourns Maya Lin of yesteryear, as Lin the Artist "seems determined to be irrelevant." -- The new Swedish embassy on the Potomac is a "gleaming glass prow." -- Another take on architects reinventing the bike shed. -- NASA launches a global competition for a space elevator (no kidding). -- An upcoming preservation conference explores "Making Preservation Work." -- A Swiss architect and a French landscape architect take on "Environment: Approaches for Tomorrow" at the CAC.

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