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Today’s News - Thursday, August 14, 2008

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll be taking Friday’s off for the rest of August...see you Monday, August 18.

•   Just when we thought all that could be said has been said re: China: Wondering whether all that starchitecture "was a wise use of such wealth."

•   Lessons from Beijing for Delhi as it plans to rebuild ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games: "People will be comparing. We better remember that."

•   China "is ground zero for anyone with big ambitions," but what does it reflect: "an even more insane Moscow."

•   An examination of the safety issues that plagued the Bird’s Nest (we trust they’ve been fixed).

•   Kamin’s "Skyscraper wars, part four."

•   Streetcars making a comeback across the U.S.

•   Critics claim Gaudí’s Barcelona masterpiece being marred by mediocrity.

•   Mid-century Modern under threat in Dallas and Memphis.

•   Meanwhile, restoration of a Modernist gem in Germany "was a case of subtraction" (+ fab slide show)

•   An appreciation for a Kahn masterpiece in Philadelphia.

•   Rybczynski wanders "Home Delivery": "a stylish litany of second-place finishers, also-rans, if-onlys, and downright losers" (and some good stuff, too).

•   Prefabs gaining ground and going green.

•   Weekend diversions: Rawsthorn on "1% Water and Our Future" show in Belgium: it "explores our relationship to water, and how design can help us to use it more responsibly and productively."

•   "Living Beautifully: Greene and Greene in Pasadena" (in Pasadena) highlights the offbeat.

•   Page turners: More thumbs-up’s for "The Last Days of Old Beijing" and "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)" - Weinstein finds "New Lobbies & Waiting Rooms" an "invaluable visual sourcebook." - A former professor of architecture pens a thriller with Sydney’s cityscape as a main character.

•   Watch out Wikipedia - RIBAPedia launches tomorrow!


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