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Today's News - Thursday, July 24, 2008

-- Sorkin finds urban lessons for the future in China's hutongs and lilongs.
-- Foreigners are rescuing some of Beijing's hutongs with "a mix of modern sensibility and respect for original detail."
-- Alexandria, VA, continues its "torpid march" toward a massive urban redevelopment project.
-- A British inquiry into the skills shortage in modern planning departments finds skill is not the problem - a shortage of planners is; what's needed: "serious investment in planning as a career for graduates."
-- In Canada, a historic convent to be transformed into a very green Guelph Civic Museum.
-- Q&A with Ingersall re: his Superscape designs for a Las Vegas of tomorrow (great pix!).
-- A human-powered monorail for an adventure park ride could be a no-emission urban transport system for the future.
-- Rosenbaum documents a punch list for Ando's Clark Institute project (it was a real challenge for the contractors).
-- An eyeful of dorm projects (we're ready to go back to school).
-- How architects can achieve a striking online presence (with examples of the good, the bad, and the just plain awful - please take heed!).
-- A host of paths to publish a monograph.
-- Hadid's futuristic Chanel pavilion to land in Central Park. -- Only a few days left to see her grand sandal (and more) in São Paulo.
-- Ho-Am Prize in the Arts (considered Korea's Nobel Prize) goes to an architect for the first time.
-- Calls for entries: From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes. -- Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design Competition 2009 + an eyeful of the 2008 winners.
-- We couldn't resist: cartoonists take on climate change (we laughed and cried).
-- Architects don't take themselves too seriously in the Architectural Knockout (and pix to prove it).

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