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Today's News - Thursday, February 7, 2008

Budgets and old habits don't make it easy for communities to go green. -- Some interesting winners in NYC post-disaster housing competition. -- Shortlist for design's answer to the Turner prize. -- Glancey welcomes it - cautiously. -- Hawthorne gives a cautious thumbs-up to LACMA expansion - but has fun deciphering the politics. -- Protests galore: Not all are in awe of H&deM's plans for Hong Kong's old Central Police Station. -- A call to spend money on new opera house for Sydney. -- Rogers protests Parliament Square plans and leads opposition to Welsh school demolition. -- A Bangladeshi architect warns Canada to trust its home-grown talent. -- Brits beat out Dutch for floating homes in the Netherlands. -- Adjaye's Stephen Lawrence Centre opens. -- Foster's Old Patent Office Building courtyard is "quite a departure in a city as architecturally conservative as Washington DC." -- San Franciscans reject karmic plans for Alcatraz. -- An urban farm will grace P.S. 1 this summer ("just too darn offbeat to pass up"). -- A wealth of good ideas for residence halls of the future. -- A city wants to put the kibosh on McMansions (the architect doesn't understand why). -- Designer disconnect: we're too taken by photogenic illusions. -- How could we resist an oh-so photogenic $75 million home? -- TEDTalks offers Macaulay and Lerner (definitely worth a listen).

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