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Today's News - Monday, October 22, 2007

ArcSpace takes us to Grand Rapids' green GRAM, and takes a fun ride on the LA Metro. -- Campbell talks to Goldhagen about the nation's aging infrastructure, "where architecture and politics merge" (lamentably poorly for now). -- Gould laments missed opportunities in planning Pabst Farms development: "design work is largely in shades of bland"; and offers examples of dream subdivisions that have already have taken root. -- Russell revisits Bilbao to see if the "Bilbao Effect'' is still in effect. -- Hawthorne visits LA Live's new theater and plaza and finds them two "very different animals": a bit of "canned event urbanism" and an "exotic plant brought from elsewhere and planted rather hopefully in our soil." -- Bayley is almost beside himself over Manchester's "delirious" new Civil Justice Centre, a "radical and exhilarating piece of work" (time to let the firm take on Stonehenge). -- Glancey on a roll re: BMW Welt: an "up-to-the-nanosecond baroque'n'roll temple of consumer desire" that can "transform the most hardened individualist into a lobotomized, BMW-loving lotus-eater." -- Robert Adam's classical take on Picadilly wins the game "having fun stretching the classical vocabulary." -- Anderton chats with Abe, shares musings with luminaries on Muschamp, and assesses two "green" showhouses. -- Architecture students use "brains over gadgets" in green affordable homes to prove "going green does not have to mean going broke." -- Solar Decathlon winners announced. -- Boddy on a new book about one of Vancouver's finest modern architects: "the wordiest volume ever produced on a Canadian architect" (but still worth a read). -- A new (and long over-due) architecture handbook for high schoolers. -- Call for EOIs for Bentley Community Library in Walsall, UK. -- Upcoming conference in Jamiaca offers a global perspective on vulnerabilities and opportunities in large scale development projects. -- Basil Spence show is "fresh, accessible and so seductive." -- Julius Shulman spotlight x 2.

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