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Today's News - Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A month away from the Beijing Olympics, and critics take on more than just buildings:
-- Arch Record has a bundle on Beijing, where "architecture has become a spectator sport."
-- Sudjic says it's "a shimmering surreal vision, two parts Las Vegas, two parts Dubai...context is not something Beijing has done well."
-- Kennicott looks at both architectural innovation and the "veneer of shabbiness on almost everything that isn't a government-backed super-project with a Western architect at the helm."
-- ARO's Cassell and Yarinsky offer an outsiders critique of five Beijing buildings.
-- Meyer's "The Last Days of Old Beijing" is a heart-felt testament to the Beijing that is being systematically eradicated.
-- Rosenbaum on the "Abu NYU and dueling Arab MoMAs."
-- How could we resist a Masdar City video fly-through.
-- Lewis on workforce housing and a county dealing with realities: "affordability is not a challenge faced only by the poor." -
- Green lessons we can learn from our medieval ancestors.
-- Hume has high praise for college plans on the shores of Lake Ontario.
-- King looks at S.F. City College Chinatown plans: "First it was a 16-story green blob. Now it's a 14-story box in tailored blinds."
-- Merrick makes merry with Gehry's Serpentine Pavilion: "why it's a builder's nightmare - and an architect's dream," and "essentially honest architecture."
-- A conversation with McAslan: who are you?
-- Colorado students' TrailerWrap shows us "sometimes the best way for architects to affect change is to become it."
-- Glasgow seeks EOIs for 2014 Commonwealth Games athletes' village.
-- Maas adds a "blue-sky" solution to the Rotterdam skyline.
-- A Charlottesville home where the sun is the star.
-- Gardner considers Palladio to be architecture's Virgil (and a "starchitect" of his time).
-- Vote on proposed location of reborn Skylon (great pix!).
-- An eyeful of U.K.'s Housing Design Awards (with some disappointments).

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