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Today's News - Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Heathcote hopes Eastern Europe finds its own identity beyond tall, glass, "very oddly-shaped skyscrapers" with "increasingly urbane architecture" by young designers. -- Hobart, Australia, losing patience with slow/no movement to revitalize its waterfront (who did win the design competition?). -- Cleveland's waterfront could be in for some big changes (and not good ones if not done right). -- Perhaps they should both take cues from San Francisco's Ferry Building; five years later, King finds it "a lesson in what urban renewal should be." -- Heathcote on airports: Heathrow's T5, an "an antidote to the tired, bodged surroundings," and Beijing, a "seductive vision of how airports could be." -- JetBlue's T5 at JFK designed from the ground up for a post-9/11 world. -- Theater building boom may not be the Bilbao blessing everyone wishes for. -- Aedas scores twin towers for Abu Dhabi. -- An oasis of public art for Las Vegas. -- The connecting thread in Portland's renaissance is design - and it's home-grown talent. -- Robin Hood Gardens is a "beautiful" work of art, says Lord Rogers - so why won't he visit? -- Mayne's Cooper Union project is "not a one-idea building." -- Hadid x 2: both visit her London flat (Lynn Barber would rather live in her car - a Beemer, what else?). -- Architects shouldn't be burdened by leadership - they "should leave the mucky bits to others." -- Jones wonders why architects have to prove their worth. -- A call to fix AICP continuing education program (AIA offers a good model). -- Call for entries: AIA/UK 2008 Excellence in Design Awards. -- 2nd BusinessWeek/Architectural Record "Good Design is Good Business" China Award winners announced.

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