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Today's News - Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Libeskind calls for taking an ethical stance re: working in China (and those who do - and don't - agree). -- Scheeren says it's all in creating a dialogue. -- Piano plans for Ronchamp "draw ire" (lots of images - you decide). -- Wellington airport: yesterday it was a "giant hobbit house"; today it's a "lumpy mix of The Flintstones and The Lord of the Rings." -- Northwestern University on the hunt for an architect for $90 million music school. -- Pasadena Art Center College of Design goes with Gehry for Design Research Center. -- Indonesian architects call for green building to be taught in schools and mandated by government (perhaps the only way to win over developers?). -- Arieff calls for rethinking how communities are designed before everything turns into "into indiscernible swaths of cookie-cutter sameness" (aren't we there already?). -- A Norwegian riverfront brown site to turn green with culture and housing. -- A Scottish firm gets the nod to master plan a waterfront site in Reykjavík. -- More eco-homes that float. -- Sometimes winning, sometimes losing, Columbia University doing its best to maintain its architectural heritage. -- Jacobs searches for the lost soul of Times Square (but she's "sick to death of branding"). -- Nobel's annual Valentine lets loose a few slings and arrows. -- What "silly sobriquets" will emerge for Shuttleworth spire? -- Design Indaba Conference/South African Design Week 2008 launches this weekend. -- How could we resist: Purported plans afoot to build skyscraper twice as tall as Burj Dubai (can't wait to see those renderings!). -- A three-holer gets landmark listing (must be a British thing).

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