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Today's News - Thursday, June 26, 2008

-- Skepticism lingers over plans for Toronto's waterfront.
-- Hume says there's never been a better time to visit the city.
-- Saffron hopes Philadelphia will finally take PennPraxis waterfront plan seriously.
-- Fears that U.K.'s eco-town plans might lead to eco-slums.
-- Zandberg finds debate over Calatrava's bridge in Jerusalem has pushed more important issues about the project to the sidelines.
-- There's no question that his projects in NYC and Jerusalem "are expressions of urban ambition" - but NYC is "in a better position to afford such hubristic follies," yet it's still struggling.
-- Prasad takes on Jenkins in defending Robin Hood Gardens.
-- Rose says don't knock Brutalism; maybe it's time to come up with a new name.
-- Pei's Silver Towers: some find hideous, others say they're important examples of postwar modernism.
-- Gensler gets the nod for Shanghai Dragon - to be China's tallest tower (for now, anyway).
-- Glancey on the Dynamic Tower: "With enough money, there's no reason why it can't work" (if sandstorms play nice).
-- ECB's HQ hits a snag - finding a contractor to build it.
-- Another thumbs-up for Libeskind's Contemporary Jewish Museum: there's "a lightness to this project that is rare in the architect's work."
-- Final designs unveiled for first slide of NYC's High Line.
-- It's good to recycle salvaged fixtures, but there's a Catch-22, warns Gellner.
-- Call for entries: Design Exchange Awards. -- University of Baltimore to launch competition for law center (we'll try to find details).
-- We couldn't resist: an eyeful of Foster's fleet of yachts.

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