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Today's News - Friday, November 9, 2007

Big plans for Johannesburg makeover includes TODs, but concerns that blight could be replaced with blandness. -- Saffron gives thumbs-up to a new urban New Urbanist development. -- Not all are pleased with plan for L.A.'s arts district. -- Can architects help affordable housing move out to the suburbs? -- Austin will soon issue an RFQ for new urban development (its own version of Riverwalk, perhaps). -- U.K. eco-homes end up giving a "huge blow to the government's drive for a new generation of zero-carbon homes." -- Dublin Docklands takes play very seriously. -- Scotland beats out Nigeria for 2014 Commonwealth Games (£288m and pictures soon). -- Russell roams Adjaye's MCA/Denver, and finds it "invites curiosity without attempting to awe." -- Travis Price worries that LEED checklists are killing architecture (but he remains optimistic). -- Chipperfield's BBC Scotland is a stunner. -- Weekend diversions: Berlin/New York Dialogues take Manhattan. -- "The Birth of the Cool" in Orange County, CA, is "flat-out fun." -- Thumbs- up and thurmbs-down for Trafalgar Square's 4th Plinth: "What the pigeons make of his work remains to be seen." -- Bucky and Noguchi are "Best of Friends" in Detroit. -- One we couldn't resist: Elvis Is Alive Museum for sale on e-Bay.

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