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Today's News - Tuesday, July 15, 2008

-- We lose NOMA's first president and a mentor to generations of young "minority architects looking to break into what has long been a clubby business."
-- Hume talks to the man who says Canada's urban future starts now "whether we're ready or not."
-- Cairo's downtown goes from glamorous to grim as Egypt embraces U.S.-style suburban model.
-- Architects begin to explore the "softer" side of buildings with "expressive, even human qualities." -- Vertical farms gaining ground (a few kinks still to work out).
-- Q&A with Portland's oh-so-green developers.
-- KPF tapped for massive Abu Dhabi airport expansion, while Gene Kohn talks about his plans to reshape Philadelphia's skyline.
-- The jury knew there'd be problems when it selected Hadid for Olympics aquatic center.
-- Viñoly says Battersea Power Station scheme could change substantially: "We are more than open to suggestion."
-- Some miffed big names are spurred to action to create national museums for Japan's modern heritage.
-- University of Baltimore law school competition draws big names.
-- Rockwell's Imagination Playground in a Box hits the road - and is a hit with urban planners-in-training.
-- Stern named 10th Laureate of the NBM's Vincent Scully Prize.
-- BDP buys Dutch firm.
-- RMJM teams with Stephen Lawrence Trust to inner city kids to pursue a career in architecture.
-- Q&A with two architects with a hand in creating a modern look for Istanbul.
-- National Design Award winners feted at the White House (pastries included).
-- Call for entries: West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen, Ireland.

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