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Today's News - Friday, July 11, 2008

-- Seattle mayor proposes design review changes to protect neighborhoods from "frankenbuildings," but some think it "could yield disastrous results."
-- Hume has high praise for Toronto housing agency that has changed the reality and perception of social housing.
-- Lofty plans in Leeds put on ice.
-- It's back to the drawing board for British Museum plans.
-- Part of NYC's Broadway to be transformed into a public esplanade.
-- Kapoor and Balmond team up again for the Tees Valley Giants.
-- Jones on the Tees giants: "typifies the bizarre mixture of hubris and bureaucratic machismo that is currently saddling Britain with a marvelous legacy of scrap metal."
-- The two friends behind the Friends of the High Line.
-- Weekend diversions: Ouroussoff on Bucky at the Whitney: "Fuller's brand of idealism seems more distant than ever."
-- Massie's "eye-popping witty little house" at Cranbrook offers "surprisingly thoughtful environmental design."
-- "Fringe Benefits" in Toronto is "a myth-buster.
-- Hume visits Alsop show at CCA and likes what he sees.
-- Lots of architecture on view this Sunday in Baltimore.
-- An online exhibition imagines London after climate change.
-- Film: "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" is "nirvana" for lovers of mid-century modern.
-- Long lost scenes from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" discovered.
-- Page turners: "The Enemies of Progress" is a "well-aimed elbow to the ribs of sustainability," but "may have come just a fraction too late."
-- "Le Corbusier Le Grand" reveals ambitions more lusty than lofty.
-- "Hungry City" explains how cities developed because of food.
-- Two we couldn't resist: Bruce Lee's Hong Kong home might become a museum. -- Cast your vote in America's Best Public Restroom Contest.

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