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Today's News - Monday, May 19, 2008

EDITOR'S NOTE: Back again, then off again (early morning train to Yale)...much to catch up on...we'll return Wednesday, May 20.
-- ArcSpace brings us Safdie in Singapore and Viñoly and Turrell in California.
-- New urbanism doesn't bode well with Boddy, who finds it "city planning's equivalent of the 'compact SUV.'"
-- L.A. lays down the law re: McMansions.
-- Hume continues to fume about the state of the Toronto waterfront, but applauds residents who have started to colonize empty, long-neglected spaces.
-- For Kamin, adding a green toupee to Chicago Children's Museum is "still a bald land-grab."
-- He finds the Newseum "does the urban design basics well"
-- it's not "an icy prima donna" (though lacks "passion").
-- Heathcote visits Pei's new museum in Qatar: "This is real architecture."
-- Melbourne about to be "Fosterized" (no word why Hadid is no longer involved).
-- Can Maas massage design that put Cleveland museum cost "well north" of budget?
-- A new L.A. mall "may be a little creepy and architecturally unspectacular," but it's "a stunningly good piece of urban design."
-- Two new projects bring "a touch of class" to Leicester.
-- A "sore thumb" in Birmingham, U.K., becomes "an icon of urban cool."
-- Robin Hood Gardens: there's still hope; and ideas competition deadline extended.
-- Activists unite to save Boston City Hall from the wrecking ball.
-- An animated look at Abu Dhabi's future.
-- New Yorkers top the bill in AIA elections. -- Another takes the helm of PennDesign.
-- A Q&A with Philadelphia's new "Mr. Green."
-- Eisenman: technology is dumbing down design, students, and culture.
-- The AJ100 list: an analysis of the largest architects' practices in the UK.

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