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Today's News - Tuesday, July 22, 2008

-- Carson's "Bowling Alone in Urbanistaville" (on ANN) draws sharp words from New Urban News editor Steuteville (we do like to ruffle feathers!).
-- In Vietnam, a new draft Law on Urban Planning proposes to reinstate a chief architect - could he/she be foreign - or even need to be an architect?
-- SOM to make over Bombay slums for 125,000 people: "the world's most extreme property makeover."
-- Risen raises questions re: plans for Vietnam Memorial interpretive center: what does it say about our "unease with abstraction?"
-- Gehry's Serpentine Pavilion raises deeper questions: "We need irony here, Frank!"
-- Architects present alternatives to massive (some say mediocre) plans for development in Lexington, KY.
-- Foster/Nouvel plans for London's Walbrook Square may be value engineered (a.k.a. "dumbed down") to the point that developer "may have to think about new architects." -- But Foster scores a big one in Budapest.
-- New Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee is an industrial-chic imaginary factory.
-- Q&A with design-business guru Reigle offers tips for turning a slowdown to your firm's advantage.
-- Kapoor and Balmond team up again for one of the Tees Valley Giants: a bridge "resembling an outer-space wormhole." -- Or maybe not.
-- Water, water everywhere: Do plans to build floating cities hold water? -- An eyeful of one such plan: "a prototypical auto-sufficient amphibious city" for 50,000. -- A flotilla of Noah's Arks make up the festival of landscape objects, Archstoyanie, outside of Moscow.
-- The saga of creating one of the prefabs for MoMA's "Home Delivery" (a few hairy moments for Edmiston and Gauthier).
-- Rose goes in search of Corbu, "the man who designed the 20th century" - and who will get his due this fall in Liverpool.
-- Call for entries/nominations: 2009 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture.
-- We couldn't resist: two British revive grazing in their urban parks (ah...the "feel-good factor" of it all!).

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