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Today's News - Thursday, March 13, 2008

Princeton University's new School of Architecture addition creates a transparent connection. -- Everyone seems a bit cantankerous today: There's trouble in Niemeyer's utopia. -- Brussat is brutal about modern architecture in developing nations. -- An American architect urges Calgary to do more with less. -- Kaplický claims he's doing battle for Prague National Library in the name of all architects. -- Another take wonders how the library's "molded plastic-looking exterior and purple eyes" will express the spirit of Prague. -- The British architect who won the design competition says, "Shame on Canada," as Portrait Gallery plans change (and the oddest RFP we've ever heard of: design is not part of the criteria). -- Despite lots of flak, Farrell gets to keep his job as Edinburgh's design champion. -- RIBA makes #244 on the Superbrands list, sending Glancey into "paroxysms of despair." -- Forget architectural branding: now developers are selling the what-star-slept-here angle. -- An architect tours two MIT buildings and finds the contrast "stunning." -- A few brighter notes: Farrelly praises RAIA Gold Medal winner as a "quiet achiever" and "one of modernism's True Believers." -- Urban Splash has a winner for the Weston-super-Mare's Birnbeck Pier project. -- A Q&A with Arieff re: the evolution of modern prefab. -- Heathcote visits Carmody Groarke and finds "a profound reminder of the power of shrunken architecture." -- Rybczynski and Martin pay tribute to Pawley. -- We couldn't resist: Scientists recreate traffic jams. -- Romania's solution: send the traffic cops to ballet schools (their pliés are helping calm road rage!).

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