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Today's News - Monday, July 28, 2008

-- ArcSpace brings us McAslan in Moscow and a small book of a candid conversation between de Portzamparc and Sollers.
-- We lose a master from pre-Castro Cuba's modernist architecture and planning movement.
-- Another Atlanta library under threat; this time, a Brutalist building by Breuer ("the bigger, younger brother to the Whitney"); and an impassioned plea for its preservation.
-- There may be no hope for Robin Hood Gardens, but a 1930s London housing estate is "sensitively restored to pay homage to its original ambitions."
-- Critic Curtis takes on the Stirling shortlist (he's not all that impressed).
-- Glancey pleads: "Please don't do it, Margate," and should resist the Bilbao effect.
-- As Victoria, Australia's first Government Architect steps down, Denton minces no words: "When it comes to choosing bids, money, not design, tends to win out."
-- Greer on the ghastly state of eco-house design and developers "terrified of innovation."
-- The future has arrived in the Philippines (even if some of it is a "bit more like Mad Max than Star Wars").
-- Denver firm treads lightly with design of mega- business and tourist complex next to one of the most historic Islamic sites in Egypt.
-- An impressive shortlist (with one unknown) for San Francisco's new Museum of Performance & Design.
-- Rochon has high praise for RAIC's 2008 gold medalist Hanganu: he "wears his heart on his architecture."
-- Bayley on Gehry's Serpentine: "To be frank, Frank, it's daft yet delightful." -- New National Hockey League HQ is frosty (in a good way).
-- Rawsthorn says the only constant in design is change.
-- An eyeful of a Mexican architect's "mollusk mansion" (you "thought Gaudí was far out?").
-- Aging levees leave D.C. landmarks exposed (but new ones better be beautiful).
-- Two Arkansas bridges "only an engineer could truly love" are up for grabs.
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