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Today's News - Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Blazing news: As South Korea's No. 1 national treasure went down in flames ("reportedly set ablaze by a disgruntled elderly former fortune teller"), can Korea protect what's left of its few remaining historical sites? -- Flames also destroy UN Studio's first U.S. project. -- The village green making a comeback: a tool for residents to fight development, and developers to attract buyers. -- King applauds a West Berkeley community where new buildings are good neighbors. -- Saffron has high hopes for Philadelphia's new city planner. -- London mayor wants to replicate Paris's free biking scheme - but not all are convinced. -- Dyckhoff disses Paris's new architecture museum: "a bombastic monument to chauvinistic vanity" and "appallingly designed - unforgivably so." -- Olympic power station to be built with re-used remains and a brown roof for wildlife. -- Baltimore's newest experiment in "live-work" environments is a "formula that could help save other cavernous industrial buildings." -- 48-story twin towers for Da Nang will be central Vietnam's tallest buildings. -- A $186m school: "some see quality, others see arrogance" -- Coney Island's iconic Parachute Jump illumination is too "artsy" and needs some "blinging up," says borough president. -- Its lighting designer strikes back. -- Ontario Association of Architects announces 2008 president. -- Inaugural Brit Insurance Designs of the Year exhibition opens today. -- We couldn't resist (sadly, no pix): a feng shui-inspired McDonald's opens in California (where else?).

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