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Today's News - Friday, June 1, 2007

Is it eco-architecture or greenwashing in Asia (and a snapshot of some Asian green-building ratings systems). -- A war of words between Murcutt and client over eco-resort. -- Farrelly fumes over East Darling Harbour scheme: "a committee-designed camel" (never mind winning designers are mentioned only in past tense). -- Valencia steps into the international spotlight (not all are pleased). -- ROM's Crystal may sparkle, but any tower plans should be "equal in beauty and sustainability to the best new skyscrapers in the world." -- Pearman purrs about Royal Festival Hall: "historic modernism reinvented." -- And cheers for its old glory returned, "but not in a spirit of shallow retro fetishism." -- Lacayo finds Nelson-Atkins addition "haunting and luminous" and puts Holl's "career in a whole new light." -- Russell minces no words about the sad state of affairs swirling around Ground Zero; "whatever power the memorial's "austere grandiosity once conveyed has been eviscerated." -- Univ. of Chicago picks Williams and Tsien for skyscraper that "that stretches a ground-hugging arts center into the sky." -- Michigan State museum expects "eye-bending, innovative" design. -- Ageing concrete slab apartment buildings would have new life with retrofitting. -- Libeskind tapped for another Colorado project (opinions are mixed). -- Calatrava on his Grand Canal bridge project: "unsubstantiated challenges...have been extremely disappointing and professionally embarrassing. It is now time to respond to the misrepresentations in the press..." -- Will a new county administrative building revive a downtown or "make everybody glum for 50 years?" -- Attention tower builders: Bird-Safe Building Guidelines (please heed). -- How could we resist: Harry Potter theme park in Orlando and a UFO-themed amusement park in Roswell (where else?!!?).

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