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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early morning plans preclude posting the newsletter tomorrow. We'll be back Friday, September 19.

•   A 3-part in-depth look at Piano's California Academy of Sciences (lots of images).

•   Hess says San Francisco's insistence on name-brand architects has finally paid off by choosing Piano (he's not so hot for other starchitects' endeavors).

•   Grimshaw designs "Airport City" for St. Petersburg, "white gold" roof included.

•   Fate of Calatrava's WTC transit hub's soaring mezzanine still up in the air.

•   Langdon minces no words about what he thinks about Gwathmey' Loria Center at Yale: the "building is weak, verging on incoherent."

•   Litt finds new projects for hospital in Cleveland "are a mixed blessing in architectural terms."

•   University of Texas at Brownsville has big plans for a life science and research zone.

•   Doha, Qatar has high hopes for "The Laptop," the world's first underground stadium (pix prove the moniker).

•   Is Calgary missing an opportunity by passing up a bridge by Calatrava?

•   Minneapolis's new I-35W bridge to open tomorrow; opting for practicality over pretension - leaving some disappointed.

•   Moscow chocolate factory re-born for those looking for high-end loft life.

•   Prince Charles wants to heal London's Chinatown via feng shui.

•   Q&A with Cameron Sinclair: "So many things are meaningless when you talk to someone who only wants clean water."

•   Call for EOI to landscape U.K.'s Imperial War Museum.

•   More Biennale: Hawthorne reports: "The star system doesn't cast much light, but some national pavilions shine." - U.S. curator Menking talks about his pavilion. - 10 things to see at the Biennale (and lots more). - Gehry wows 'em in Venice, takes home the Golden Lion; Poland wins gold, too.

•   An in-depth look at why Benjamin Franklin was "America's first great urbanist" (who knew?).


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