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Today's News - Tuesday, July 1, 2008

-- Robin Hood Gardens deemed "not fit for purpose."
-- Big plans for an eyesore in the heart of Istanbul hit huge bureaucratic hurdles.
-- Should Boston's City Hall Plaza be saved? (turning it into a wind farm "couldn't make the place any worse")
-- Friends of the Barnes put up a good fight, but the track has been cleared "for the most audacious art heist in American history"; now the spotlight will shift to the Barnes II "marquee building."
-- An architectural treasure on Pennsylvania Ave. is saved but underused; the Old Post Office "just sucks cash from its landlord, the federal government."
-- Not good news re: WTC rebuilding: "there will clearly be some triage" (a.k.a. value engineering?).
-- Gough pleads for architects not to listen to special interest groups who want them to "carry their paranoia!"
-- London 2012 falls short on sustainability.
-- King takes on global warming and old Bay Area assumptions: "The questions are changing. And the stakes are high."
-- Russell offers up two projects that "show how quickly the green revolution in building design is moving -- unleashing architectural inventiveness not seen in 100 years."
-- Glancey visits Gehry to look into Britain's "scared of Frank syndrome."
-- His stroll over Hadid's Zaragoza bridge is "a magnificent and truly ennobling way to cross a river on foot."
-- Denverites listen in on architects' pitches to redesign Boettcher Concert Hall.
-- Nashville's new convention center should satisfy those weary of the city's "bland, non-adventurous architecture."
-- An in-depth profile of Boston's new city planner: "expect a virtual moratorium on historic 'reproductions'."
-- Kuma and Van Berkel take center stage at the PAM 2008 in Kuala Lumpur later this week.
-- We couldn't resist: an eyeful of NYC's other waterfalls ("given a certain latitude").

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