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Today's News - Monday, August 6, 2007

McGuigan on young independent Beijing architects "on the ramparts of the Chinese design revolution." -- Is the "Olympic-driven metamorphosis" of Beijing a thing of beauty or does it smack of "totalitarian-power architecture"? -- Russell isn't thrilled with Columbia University expansion plan. -- Kamin finds Chicago's McCormick Place expansion a "city-sensitive, user-friendly...gentle giant, not a new monster of the Midway." -- An "entertainment city" heading to the shores of Eliat: some Broadway here, some Disney there (don't forget the shopping and golf). -- High praise for a "small tribe of architects" creating a "new language in mall design" in India. -- Salt Lake City skyline has a lot to yawn about. -- A call to bring beauty back to architecture: "What a concept. We now pause as many of the architects in the room run screaming for the exits." -- A debate in the Philippines about who can use the title "architect" (watch out, those studying abroad). -- Dunlop finds ArtsPark in Hollywood, FL, "a remarkable work of architecture, landscape and urbanism." -- Housing slowdown perhaps not such a bad thing: "Downsizing should be the new upscaling." -- Dream homes made of mud as cob building making a comeback. -- Ouroussoff spends time with Siza: "his creative voice has never seemed more relevant than now." -- Hadid: outspoken as ever. -- Malaysian architect Lim on Corbu in India, humility, and the Asian obsession for Western architecture ("wholesale importation of ideas and icons from the West is too silly to be acceptable"). -- In "Future Wood," Boddy finds young designers freed from the box. -- Gould lauds the elegance and wit of Eschweiler on view in Milwaukee.

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