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Today's News - Monday, March 24, 2008

ArcSpace brings us a theater in Copenhagen, and the fifth volume of Actar's Verb series that looks for a new definition of the organic. -- U.K. urges architects to design terror-proof buildings; architects none too thrilled (next up: iconic panic rooms?) -- Chinese blogs mince no words about "the world's most audacious buildings" in Beijing. -- Ouroussoff on NYC's "building boomlet of name-brand designs": is it the "last testament to this century's first gilded age" or simply "gorgeous tokens of a rampantly narcissistic age"? -- Saffron on the chances of a super-tall tower for Philadelphia. -- Hume on the "suburbs' grim future." -- A call for architects to create "architectural literature" instead of "pulp fiction." -- There's no housing crisis in L.A., says Kaplan, other than price and product. -- Dubai investment puts Grand Avenue plans in motion. -- Meanwhile, for Los Angeles's Century City makeover, "modesty may be the new heroism." -- New Canaan as the epicenter to save Modernist homes. -- Hume on the tragedy of high-rises erasing history. -- Architects and critics ponder: Are Australians visually illiterate? -- Depends on who you talk to: one architect outlines plans for a new theater next to the Sydney Opera House. -- But the former prime minister says "mitts off!" -- Bayley ponders whether "a globetrotting celebrity architect is the right man to revamp the Commonwealth Institute." -- Kamin applauds Jeanne Gang's rising star. -- An architectural genius or canny marketer? Russell quizzes Libeskind and sees both sides. -- Heathcote hangs with Piano in Paris and gets a "a charming, articulate lecture" with nary a question. -- Hadid takes Hong Kong by storm (that's Mr. Hadid, to you).

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