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Today's News - Thursday, May 8, 2008

-- We lose a Modernist master of the human scale.
-- Nadel on why it's not such a good idea for building commissioners (or the Architect of the Capitol) to be something other than professional architects or engineers.
-- A call for British councilors to get some training before making planning decisions.
-- Calatrava re: even more value engineering on WTC transit hub: "I believe that we have made the design better in many, many ways, through this exercise."
-- AIA offers in-depth analysis 3 green building rating systems.
-- Atkins chief: mistakes will be made in trying to achieve zero-carbon goals.
-- Hawaii is the first to require solar water heat in new homes (some think it's a mistake).
-- SEED: a tool for evaluating real estate development to advance social justice and community development.
-- Boddy says it's a sad Cheyenne Autumn for affordable housing on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
-- L.A.'s Westwood Village hopeful for a shot in the arm.
-- Toronto's Sony Centre condo tower: if the city "can pull off a folly like this, there will be no stopping it."
-- Booming real estate industry in India has designs on foreign architects.
-- Smith + Gill tapped for Masdar City's ultra-green HQ.
-- Foster has big plans for Moscow's Pushkin Museum.
-- The demise of Toronto's downtown parking lots (a good thing!).
-- Interior design is not a ditzy discipline.
-- Winners all: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. -- Architecture Association of Ireland Awards. -- Canada's 2008 Governor-General's Medals in Architecture. -- Webby Awards winning websites are some of our faves.

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