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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 1, 2008

•   We lose an Indian master who was ahead of the ecologically responsible design curve a long time ago.

•   South Asia "lacks a common commitment to urban civilization" where "residents are expected to be the nuts and bolts of functioning machines, rather than the living organs of throbbing cultures."

•   In trying to be distinctive, are many U.K. cities actually copying each other?

•   A novel constitutional law in Ecuador changes "the status of ecosystems from being regarded as property under the law to being recognized as rights-bearing entities" (what a concept!).

•   California gets an anti-sprawl bill that will push communities to consider climate change impacts of development.

•   Forget the seismic activity on Wall Street - is it time for New York to prepare for the real Big One - as in earthquake?

•   Foster and Libeskind/Isozaki vie to build Monaco's answer to Dubai (Gehry/Koolhaas plan sidelined for being..."too grandiose and a little utopian").

•   King basks in the light of Oakland's new cathedral: its "glory in its modesty" (great pix, too).

•   LACMA gets the moolah to proceed with Piano's second act.

•   Q&A with Calatrava about the criticism of his bridge in Israel, and why New York City needs to build "grandiose infrastructure."

•   An in-depth look at the Bronx Zoo's oh-so-green "Madagascar!" (and lots of pix).

•   Zagreb Airport picks its team.

•   Pro bono work is becoming an integral part of many firms' strategy.

•   Call for entries: 2008 Earth Awards.

•   Winners all: 2008 ARIDO Awards of Excellence honor Ontario's best. - An eyeful of the international roster of finalists in NYC's CityRacks Design Competition. - Fiat's Smiles Per Hour competition: some wild ways to get from here to there in a carbon-lite world (flat-to-high-heeled shoes, anyone?).


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