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Today's News - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

-- L.A. River regulations may affect waterway and riverfront developments everywhere.
-- More on Kuwait's mega-Silk City (though money numbers are a bit confusing - £132 or $132 billion).
-- Ouroussoff offers a must-read look (one of the best we've seen) at what Beijing is losing in the midst of its building boom (it's not just the hutongs).
-- Russell minces no words about why foreign investors love American landmark buildings (someone has to).
-- Rybczynski is more than riled about Mayne's U.S. Federal Building in San Francisco: it's "about as interesting as walking beside a boarded-up store."
-- Shigeru Ban wins his first U.S. museum - in Aspen.
-- Ireland unveils its teams and plans for Venice Biennale.
-- Macau Pavilion design picked for 2010 Shanghai Expo ("Lantern of the Little Bunny").
-- Anderton talks Lautner and the aesthetics and politics of Beijing architecture with Hawthorne, Escher, et. al.
-- A temporary reprieve for a Neutra in Orange County.
-- A Modernist marvel in Edinburgh - it's for sale.
-- Cramer is exasperated by the "hyperactive market" for modern design: "When architecture is sold as art, the profession runs the risk of losing its sense of responsibility to its clientele - that is, to humanity."
-- In Australia, Queensland gets a Government Architect (it's a good thing, but similar posts needed elsewhere as well).
-- In the Philippines, a law creates a "clear dividing line" between the functions of civil engineers and architects (the engineers aren't all that happy).
-- Gehry's Serpentine is "the summer's most enjoyable architectural excursion" (before it goes back into the toy box.
-- Saffron on Philly's new "light fantastic."
-- An eyeful of Nakamura's "human bird nests" (a.k.a. apartments) in Tokyo.
-- Call for entries: 56th Annual P/A Awards 2009.
-- No details yet, but word has it that Herzog & de Meuron will be designing Verdi's "Attila" for the Metropolitan Opera in NYC in 2010.

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