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Today's News - Tuesday, August 5, 2008

-- Weinstein's Words That Build Tip #5 includes our favorite new word (that's really not new): "beautility."
-- Hawthorne continues his series on China; this time he takes on ethics, moral, and environmental issues facing foreign architects.
-- Ouroussoff on the Bird's Nest: a "vision of the stadium as a gigantic social organism, rather than as a machine for mass hypnosis" and the architects' plans for the building's future (shopping mall, anyone?).
-- Can the Gulf really buy culture? -- Dyckhoff takes on eco-town nay-sayers (they're not wrong about everything).
-- The chief executive of U.K.'s National Housing Federation takes on Germaine Greer and those who think eco-houses are going to be ugly.
-- Stahel offers a fresh look at the cradle-to-cradle approach to building sustainability.
-- The Transition Movement offers a guide to create "transition towns" weaned off oil.
-- Rawsthorn on Starck's goal to "introduce everybody to ecology," and his newest adventure: his Democratic Ecology products.
-- Bernstein wonders if American's are really ready for green hotels.
-- A Filipino scientist invents construction panel made from chicken feathers. -- New affordable housing projects in Boston "defy the tacky stereotype of government-subsidized housing."
-- The fate of Baltimore's Brutalist Mechanic Theatre is still up in the air: landmarking would add a layer of design review the owners don't want to go through. -- Mecanoo wins big in Birmingham (a big surprise to many).
-- An eyeful of Studio Pei-Zhu's design for a most unusual museum in China.
-- A shortlist of four for $1 billion Zorlu Center in Istanbul.
-- Q&A with Enrique Norten re: his retrospective in Monterey, Mexico.
-- Rockwell is working hard to make children's play really fun.
-- Merrick on what you get when you cross Hadid with Lagerfeld: "A handbag-inspired portable pavilion, of course" (and perhaps a new portrait of the starchitect?).
-- Kundig exposes materials to time, and uses time itself as a material.
-- Shigeru Ban's hour-long Franzen Lecture.
-- Bangalore architects transform a defunct jail into Freedom Park: no bushes trimmed to resemble elephants, but 6 acres for protestors and rallies.
-- A traveling show of New Zealand architecture needs money to stay on the road.
-- We couldn't resist: a Baywatch babe building a green hotel in Abu Dhabi (don't forget Pitt's doing the same in Dubai).

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