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Today's News - Thursday, July 17, 2008

-- A congressman and a former governor on why Americans want (and need) "more and better options" in how they live and get around.
-- Kaplan on the "guarded optimism" surrounding grand plans for L.A.'s Dodger Stadium (at least they're not tearing it down).
-- Pushy or not, L.A.'s Eli Broad is the one "most likely to save notable architecture from poor financial planning."
-- Rose on a TV show set in Baltimore that "gives you the measure of a real city that can trace many of its problems back to its architecture, or rather the failure of its architecture."
-- Hawthorne visits the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, and finds it "something of an anti-monument" (though certainly not all the architects' fault).
-- Pity the plans for U.K.'s eco-towns: first, they're in the wrong places; second, loopholes could have them generating more pollution than most existing properties.
-- A Cleveland firm throws its weight behind saving Breuer's Ameritrust building.
-- The Louvre's bold new Islamic wing will sport an undulating roof like "a headscarf blown in by the wind."
-- A theatrical indoor garden gateway and new "micro-park" for NYC's Lincoln Center.
-- An eyeful of FXFowle's Dubai Bridge (it won't block views to Zaha's opera house).
-- Lin's Vancouver Land Bridge ready for its close-up.
-- Lond mayor blasted for scrapping Parliament Square plans (but he promises something will be done).
-- Landscape architecture at the Venice Biennale will transform a long-neglected corner of the city.
-- Winners all: Australia's Premier's Design Awards. -- I.D. 2008 Annual Design Review winners (lots of pix and on view in NYC). -- North American Copper in Architecture Awards sparkle plenty.

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