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Today's News - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A call for the design and construction industry to take responsibility in "creating a sustainable built environment." -- A new benchmark in green building in Dubai. -- Move over Celebration - now there's a green, medieval-modern, new urbanist hamlet on the boards in Florida. -- Malcolm Fraser minces no words: U.K.'s "obsession with privatization is ruining public buildings." -- Hume mourns the loss of Canada's "sense of confidence" born in the days of Expo 67. -- Chicago finally on the brink of breaking Block 37 jinx. -- Dubai may be a "playground for architects"; let's hope it doesn't become "a dumping ground for designs that exceed their sell-by-date." -- L.A.'s persistent problem with density: a "cliché vision of a dispirited, diminutive" downtown "stuck in a time past." -- Garage roof garden for SFMOMA can be "a model of a new sort of urban plaza that celebrates the vivid potential of those leftover spaces found in every city." -- Big names are conspicuous by their absence from Olympic 2012 Velopark shortlist. -- Gehry sails into New York with "a practical building by impractical minds," says Diller. -- Kamin answers some questions about Calatrava's Chicago Spire. -- A new campus hub will be Grecian and green. -- Not all are pleased that Berlin's new "retro palace" is being given over to museums. -- Israeli master architects on the differences between past and present. -- 57 winners take home Chicago Athenaeum 2007 International Architecture Awards. -- The ugliest buildings in L.A. are "craptastic" and "stucco-riffic." -- An architect options a play about Mies and Farnsworth (PJ plays a part, too).

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