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Today's News - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Russia, "like Dubai, is becoming a place where architects can indulge their wildest fantasies." -- BD's images prove it. -- We couldn't resist Ian Martin's humorous take on "oligarchitecture" for oligarchs. -- Dubai may grab the headlines, but Abu Dhabi's 2030 plan is worth more attention. -- Last week, Bayley asked if Bath is Britain's most backward city; this week there are passionate responses on both sides of the debate. -- "Heritage shmeritage": Hume fumes over Toronto's plan to replace historic building with 20 parking spots. -- A new one to us: sustainable design is an oxymoron because it imposes restrictions on creativity that "will bankrupt design" (huh?). -- A revival of traditional religious architecture in the U.S. (and an outcry against ugly churches). -- Algeria to build the world's third-largest mosque (hotel and shopping center included!). -- New museum of architecture is "a spectacular addition to Paris's museum landscape," though curatorial "aesthetic criteria" is a bit unclear. -- Thom talks about everything. -- France's only Aalto opens to the public today. -- Delhi remembers Lutyens. -- Toronto's Architecture Days in full swing. -- A (mostly) thumbs-up for Glazer's "From a Cause to a Style." -- Lots of calls for entries: History Channel launches 2nd City of the Future design competition (if anything like last year's, this should be fun!). -- 2008 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition: Water Preservation Challenges. -- 53rd annual Record Houses. -- 2008 ENYA Biennial International Ideas Competition: South Street Seaport: Re-envisioning the Urban Edge.

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