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Today's News - November 10, 2006

We lose an Irish "enfant terrible." -- CNU launches 2007 Charter Awards competition. -- Glancey sides with Rogers re: Olympic design/build process: "The result is nearly always…second-rate architecture. A little meagre. A little tinny. And about as Olympian as a garden shed." -- Obata is often underwhelmed by Olympic over-hype. -- Salt Lake City takes building green seriously. -- University of Minnesota has utopian vision for a green community built from scratch. -- The Scots want to make an entire island green. -- Kazakhstan building a capital city from scratch: "a cross between Moscow and Las Vegas…a cocktail of Eurasian modernity and Soviet confectionary" (a building in the shape of a dollar sign?!!?) - the slide show says it all. -- Some big names have soaring plans for St. Petersburg, Russia - but not all are pleased. -- Hopefully all big plans will include smog-eating cement. -- One size does not fit all in designing safe school environments. -- Award-winning projects in Detroit do not a city make - it's time to demand better design across the board. -- In L.A., "a dreary, 'functionalist' flop" gets more than a facelift. -- On Cape Cod, McMansions take the dunes while Modernist gems rot. -- For his Stirling Memorial Lecture on the City, Weizman takes on the growing relationship between war and design. -- A British "upstart" takes Prince Philip Prize. -- Eliasson's "Eye See You" on view around the world.

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