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Today's News - Friday, April 4, 2008

Presidential candidates talk a good talk about playgrounds, but what about urban issues and our crumbling infrastructure, wonders Saffron. -- Fears that proposed eco-towns could end up as "eco-slums." -- Charges of foul play in scrapping a competition-winning design for Shenzhen sports center. -- Hume on contentious plans for huge retail center in Toronto: "A mall by another other name would smell just as bad." -- Boddy on the contrasts between Houston, with no city planners, and Vancouver, "home of superstar city planners." -- Mexico City as a green pioneer. -- A Fort Worth garage that will use "light and sound as architectural solutions to the eternal urban parking problem." -- Hawthorne on a supermarket that's about as green as a hybrid SUV. -- Nouvel's first forays into London. -- Forget Moynihan move - Madison Square Garden makes its own plans (not all are pleased). -- Innovative ways planners are harnessing the virtual world. -- The "Millennial" generation and technology challenge campus design. -- Mid-century modern enthusiasts are actually "castrating" the landscape (shaved palm trees?). -- Maya Lin's final memorial will call attention to the environment. -- Q&A with Antonelli re: "Design and the Elastic Mind," and her opinion on the state of design. -- Rybczynski explores the architecture of Edward Hopper. -- Weekend diversions: Heathcote on a "youthful, quirky, sharp show" about London's public spaces. -- Adjaye show in Denver is an "immersion into thought and perception," says Chandler. -- In Hiroshima, Daniell finds a bit of "uncomfortable irony" in a show about emergency housing. -- We couldn't resist: British contractor bans wolf whistles on building sites.

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