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Today's News - Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Modernism in the crosshairs: Heathcote offers a thoughtful take on the prospect of losing "an entire strata of our history." -- Gunts has two takes on the fate of Johansen's Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore (and lots of architects chiming in to save it). -- Tucson restores former bank building back to its "concrete-bunker glory." -- Australia's National Gallery re-do is long overdue (with respect to the original). -- Gallagher changes his tune about the "restrained, classical-inspired" expansion of Detroit Institute of Arts (and Graves minces no words about some current museum designs). -- Move over Dubai: Moscow to get its own 60-story spinning skyscraper. -- Minarets planned for Cologne skyline spark more than disagreement over architectural aesthetics. -- Ai Weiwei distances himself from Beijing's Bird's Nest, calling Olympics a "pretend smile" (and check out what Coca Cola calls recycling). -- Plans for Cleveland's inner beltway is "shaping up as a colossal disappointment." -- U.S. architects are riles at possibility that the Architect of the Capitol might not be an architect. -- Amsterdam's houseboats becoming more bourgeois. -- Gandhi's spinning wheel is inspiration for Notions of India competition winner. -- Call for entries: 55th Annual P/A Awards. -- A new director for Irish Architecture Foundation. -- Two we couldn't resist: How architects cope with rejection. -- Rawsthorn on the fate of the chair as design icon (terrific slide show).

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