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Today's News - Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bad news day in U.K.: Hadid's Architecture Foundation HQ gets axed. -- Brand new Stephen Lawrence Centre vandalized. -- It's LEED vs. BREEAM in Dubai (Brits lose out). -- An Atlanta developer wants to pave paradise, put up a parking lot - with a library on top (never mind it means razing an award-winning library - that's not even 20 years old!). -- Efforts may prove useless in attempt to save UNLV's first building (even more worrisome: Nevada's state landmarks program has been discontinued). -- Saffron sees Philadelphia bridge plan as "a monument to a lost civic opportunity." -- San Francisco debates affordable housing requirements: will they scare off developers? -- Meanwhile, good design for affordable housing in Los Angeles is winning developers' hearts. -- Melbourne needs more than bars and stores for "affluent idiots" in plans for St. Kilda. -- Morrone on NYC's new love for towers: "humanizing the tall building is the purpose that has become, for the most part, hopelessly unchic" (but at least Stern gets it). -- Anderton chats it up with LACMA luminaries and critics. -- 100 architects to design 100 homes in 100 days in a Chinese desert. -- Hume applauds a chronicler of Toronto who may not be the "conscience of the city, but he might well be its memory." -- CNU XVI will take on the booming metropolis at April conference. -- Inspiring school designs win BCSE 2008 Awards. -- Happy Valentines Day: Do buildings have gender? ("Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy." ~ Henry Kissinger)

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