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Today's News - Monday, July 7, 2008

A rather contentious news day:
-- A review of (mostly German) press coverage of the architecture and morality debate.
-- Nadel examines the cost of terrorism at Ground Zero, how it got that way, and why the implications are "so critical to the safety and economy of thriving cities and nations."
-- Loeffler looks at what U.S. embassy designs say about America.
-- What the critics are getting wrong about the new U.S. embassy in Berlin.
-- Berlusconi takes on Libeskind - and vice versa - in a war of words and innuendo (tsk tsk).
-- Is modern architecture still all stumps and carbuncles? Scruton says yes; de Botton says no.
-- Malaysia's architectural association strikes back at criticism.
-- The critic stands by his words.
-- Perhaps they should all head to Singapore this Wednesday for Principal Voices debate: Does good design mean design for good?
-- Ai Weiwei thinks he's been misunderstood, and doesn't think architecture is such a big deal.
-- U.K. delays eco-town design competition due to "mounting hostility" to proposed developments.
-- Balmy/not-so-balmy days in the Caribbean: Branson plans world's most eco-friendly resort. -- Big architectural egos may be the least of the problems for another starchitect-studded project.
-- Bernstein puts all the pieces together re: Trump's adventures in Scotland.
-- UNESCO grants Dresden one year reprieve: will lose its World Heritage listing if it goes ahead with construction of Elbe River bridge.
-- Some brighter notes: Saffron says Philadelphia is finally "getting over its resistance to trade among the trees" with "two gracious pavilions devoted to the gentle art of drinking coffee and wasting time."
-- Perkins+Will aquires The Environments Group.
-- The "wobble factor" that won the ultimate jelly architect accolade (see and bid on all for charity).

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