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Today's News - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rybczynski's take on the two very different visions of new cities in the Persian Gulf. -- A call for mayors and city planners to mind the "small bore details" of neighborhoods. -- A call for landscape architects to take a bigger role in urban planning. -- Is London's Parliament Square a waste of space (even with "a plan by the voguish Swiss designers")? -- Tornado-ravaged Kansas town aiming for a "Platinum shade of green." -- Optimism (and some skeptics) as New Jersey's massive Xanadu nears completion (indoor ski slope included - shades of Dubai?). -- Cheek on why it's "worth preserving some of modernism's mistakes." -- U.K. historic buildings at risk from skills shortage: among 500,000 professionals, only 507 are building conservation-accredited. -- 100 architects hope to have a field day in Inner Mongolia. -- Just what Baghdad needs: a massive American-style amusement park. -- A report from the 100th annual APA conference. -- KPF may not have a starchitect at the helm, but its 16 globe-trotting principals sure keep it busy. -- Rogers discusses Maggie's Centre - and much more. -- A French architect who found his place in Vietnam. -- A very interesting Q&A with Ai Weiwei (he's "very proud" of the Bird's Nest). -- Q&A with Eliasson on his upcoming waterfalls and the pitfalls of success. -- Just what is good criticism: To judge, educate or entertain? -- 2008-2009 Rome Prize winners (some good friends among them!). -- Brick Award 08 winners.

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