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Today's News - Friday, July 13, 2007

Hawthorne offers an eloquent appreciation a master of the minute to the urban, lost much too soon. -- A team of British architects offers a report on how to manage the social strains that arise in "superdense" housing schemes. -- Kennicott finds himself in Prix's "so deliciously odd" new museum in Akron. -- Whether one finds it awesome or absurd, the new museum takes Akron into 21st century. -- London is lucky the Eliasson/Thorsen Serpentine was delayed; now there's Hadid's "mysterious, marvelous Brigadoon." -- Retaining Athenian landmarks were part of the competition brief for Acropolis museum; now they may be torn down for the view. -- And yet another £2 billion project in Dubai (why are we not surprised?). -- Amsterdam's first 5-star hotel is an "architectural wonder." -- Hume takes on the growing importance of green communal spaces and how important (and magical) a Toronto ferry service would be. -- How could we resist: San Francisco's Panhandle Bandshell or NYC's reinvention of the carousel. -- An interesting psychological profile of Olmsted, the "first landscape psycho-architect." -- $165 million will get you a Beverly Hills mega-mansion by Gordon Kaufman. -- Parking spaces are the newest hot real estate in NYC. -- The New 7 Wonders of the World: pyramids "will retain their exalted status as an eighth wonder (huh?). -- Worth noting (but no room for links: 5 private jets for Spice Girls reunion tour (yawn) will generate 9,500 tons of CO2 (yikes!), and an artist threatens suicide over Calatrava bridge in Jerusalem. ----- Happy Friday the 13th!

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