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Today's News - Friday, April 11, 2008

We are very pleased to introduce Words that Build, an exclusive series by Norman Weinstein that will focus on the overlooked foundation of architecture: oral and written communication. -- Glancey on eco-town plans: just so much political lip service while public services that would make them function are slashed. -- Koolhaas's "giga-project": Delirious Dubai? -- Becker's take on the Chicago Children's Museum's Grant Park plans. -- Saffron says take pity on Philadelphia's walking majority when sidewalks are "being taken in brazen land-grabs by the city's powerful construction industry." -- Two takes on new Newseum: Ouroussoff finds it the "latest reason to lament the state of contemporary architecture in Washington." -- Rothstein is much kiner (though its "preening does call for some skepticism"). -- Also in DC, the Armenian Genocide Museum wins approval to make its home in a bank building. -- Oslo's $800 million opera house ready for its close-up. -- A 78-story tower for Karachi poses some interesting challenges. -- Libeskind's Ohio riverfront condo tower is a "sculpture that sways, not a shrine that shocks." -- Field Operations wins big in Memphis. -- Calls for entries: NYC Green Building Open Competition; and Robin Hood Gardens International Ideas Competition. -- Weekend diversions: Filler finds SANAA retrospective refreshing. -- Heathcote says new translation of Corbu's "Toward an Architecture" will help "explain how an entire culture was seduced into modernism." -- Crosbie finds Rudolfsky's 1964 "Architecture Without Architects" still timely for architects today. -- Intricate watercolors by KPF's Kohn on view in London. -- China's tree house resort offers a 5,000-star hotel stay. -- Big Ben and London Eye tagged as British favorite landmarks. -- Sydney Opera House serenades its architect on his 90th birthday.

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