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Today's News - October 24, 2006

RFQ for design of open public spaces on NYC's Governors Island. -- Call for entries: 2007 Palladio Awards for outstanding work in traditional design. -- Kotkin offers three successful self-sustaining suburban villages that "show us new ways for accommodating growth." -- The Slow City movement is growing in Europe, but can it jump the Atlantic? -- A Canadian wants to see a Scottish New Town as a world heritage site, and the concept "mimicked rather than maligned." -- U.S. Army buys into new urbanism. -- A cautionary report says if we're not cautious today, by 2050 we will need at least two planets' worth of natural resources to live as we do now. -- The good news: corporate thinking is shifting to green: 10 rules to build green on a standard budget. -- Louisiana hopes for FEMA approval of alternative housing program (it does not include trailers). -- Big plans to refashion a London neighborhood. -- Chicago (as elsewhere) seeks to slow condo conversions and find ways to curb drain on affordable housing. -- Singapore is serious about salvaging its historic districts. -- Gehry could be ace card in bid for Singapores' Sentosa $3 billion-plus gaming resort. -- Cayman Islands taps Chicago firm for school projects. -- Two buildings that make San Francisco's otherwise mundane South Beach sparkle. -- George Washington's Mount Vernon is now "a striking melange of history, art, civics, forensic anthropology, computer science, educational television, Hollywood, Madame Tussauds, and a little bit of hokum." -- Are public parks being co-opted by too many commercial ventures?

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