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Today's News - Friday, May 2, 2008

Saffron takes heart in three little words that should yank Philadelphia's city planners "out of their 16-year-long politically induced coma." -- Morrone sounds a morose note re: Cooper Union developments. -- Rosenbaum sounds a bit roiled re: Whitney wonks and Ouroussoff coverage. -- But the Community Board seems impressed. -- 2 Columbus Circle then and now: links to great visuals (and a mysterious "HE" emerges). -- Beijing Airport - and much of China - going all out for the games, though not all are pleased (great pix). -- Meanwhile, a Manhattan gallery to open Beijing branch in a former munitions factory (great pix here, too). -- London's first new concert hall in 26 years almost ready for its close-up. -- Resignation of NYC's building commissioner rankles and raises question of whether requirement to be an architect or engineer should be rescinded. -- Princeton names new university architect. -- 2008 Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize announced. -- Call for entries: Rafael Viñoly Architects 2008-09 Grants for Research in Architecture. -- Hume issues call to vote for Toronto's Pug Awards. -- Lots of weekend diversions: Jane's Walks in 8 Canadian cities this weekend. -- An "authoritative and lively history of the modernists" (but it misses a beat). -- Q&A with Raili Pietilä re: Museum of Finnish Architecture's presentation of the Pietilä legacy. -- Lots from London: Glancey gives an intriguing look at "Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-Tech Britain." -- Dyckhoff wishes "Skin + Bones" had a bit more flesh. -- Heathcote finds "small rays of hope" for the future of housing in "Des Res." -- Campbell on photographer Cervin Robinson's "superb exhibit" at MIT. -- In Houston, metalwork by architects "is not your grandmother's silver." -- In New Jersey, a photographer offers "A Glimmer of Gehry." -- We couldn't resist: provocative newspaper ad has British ConstructionSkills saying it's sorry (whatever were they thinking?!!?).

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