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Today's News - Thursday, June 5, 2008

-- Prince Charles takes on Beijing to turn historic hutongs into eco-homes instead of replacing with "concrete carbuncles."
-- Calls to not maul the pedestrian malls in Charlottesville and Denver.
-- A tour of Abu Dhabi with an architect who wants to see his city more pedestrian friendly.
-- A historic Tel Aviv neighborhood under siege from towers, but the architect says without them, "the neighborhood has no justification to exist - it has to be demolished" (oh, really?).
-- Nadel looks at the "marked contrast" between how the U.S. and U.K. approach security in the built environment and urban centers.
-- Chicago makes 2016 Olympics shortlist, but "has some heavy barbells to hoist if it is to capture the gold."
-- Hawthorne gives two thumbs-ups to home projects beginning to emerge from L.A.'s small-lot ordinance.
-- Are architectural landmarks a good real-estate investment? (the answer might be no.)
-- More on Gehry's Beekman Tower (this time with a great slide show).
-- Another take on the Newsuem: "the architects have summoned more heroic optimism than you'll find in any newsroom today."
-- Design schools teaching business basics (some educators remain skeptical).
-- A small German town takes geothermal energy seriously.
-- Alsop heading a new direction?
-- NYC's former building commissioner (and architect) digs in with developer Durst.
-- Shortlists for RIBA's Lubetkin Prize, and AJ/Urban Splash Tribeca Infobox.
-- Time to dust off the passport and head for Torino.
-- Call for entries: AIAS 2008 Library for the 21st Century Design Competition.

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