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Today's News - Wednesday, July 30, 2008

-- Yang minces no words about "China's Olympic syndrome" and how it uses architecture "to mask real urban problems."
-- A lengthy Q&A with Herzog re: working in China (the Bird's Nest is "a type of Trojan horse"); HafenCity; and what H&deM will look like in 2030.
-- Old Kabul rising like a phoenix from its own ashes.
-- Plan Baton Rouge heads into phase 2, and the 8 "common values all successful downtowns embrace."
-- Design for London to be absorbed into the London Development Agency to work on projects that will affect "real change" (it wasn't already?).
-- Hume on Toronto's insistence to be a city of islands separated by urban highways.
-- Omaha offers a streetscape handbook that could be a model for cities everywhere.
-- Bell talks designing sustainable buildings.
-- Take your pick of two takes on Gehry's troubled King Alfred project in Hove.
-- A proposal to save 400 houses in east Manchester from complete demolition that would be "environmentally, socially, and economically wrong."
-- What the next Koolhaas/Prada collaboration will look like.
-- Design team picked for New Zealand's Otago Museum.
-- Forbes names the world's most powerfully economic cities (some surprises).
-- Restoring NYC's second-oldest building requires some real sleuthing.
-- It's not too early to start gearing up for 2008 National Park(ing) Day.

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