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Today's News - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Dubai's construction spree: "Some of these buildings are going to the absurd," says Eugene Kohn. -- Heathcote observes that artists - not architects - do a better job of connecting the public to architecture and urbanism. -- A sad take on our inability to produce worthy memorials. -- Holl's Bloch Building is "what architecture is supposed to be about." -- Two thumbs-up in the U.K.: Royal Observatory's new planetarium may have aliens saying, "Here's a planet you could do business with." -- Royal Festival Hall gets a "thrilling yet subtle makeover." -- If we took a Slow Food approach, there'd be less bickering between slow growth and smart growth factions - and a new buzzword: "humane density." -- Ray Anderson is a man on a mission to save the planet (and doing a good job of it, too). -- A "venture into the eccentric mind" of Philippe Starck. -- Kamin applauds preservationists' "new weapons in the urban design wars," but warns "with a house-size grain of salt." -- Call for entries: Columbus (Ohio) Re-Wired urban design ideas competition. -- 2007 Scottish Design Awards winners announced. -- Two eloquent tributes to Sandy Wilson. -- On view: in Halifax, 75 years of architecture in Nova Scotia. -- Vinoly's Cleveland museum expansion gets a show of its own. -- RISD's graduate thesis show is "a giant version of Where's Waldo." -- A new book captures a "swanky-Modern" architect's career.

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