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Today’s News - Friday, October 24, 2008

•   Oslo drops Koolhaas library design; issues an impressive shortlist for both library and two museums.

•   Is Boston's new Mandarin Oriental really a "boil on Boylston Street"?

•   U.K.'s 2010 Shanghai Expo plans hit a snag (or three or more).

•   Baillieu bemoans the "prickly problems" that presents: "We can do great temporary buildings, but we fall flat on our face trying to do the exhibitions inside" - She also wonders if letting the public decide the outcome of architectural competitions is a good idea (answer: no).

•   Impressive winners in Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in Latin America.

•   Kamin impressed with AIA Chicago Awards that "turn up good design that's either been overlooked or under-publicized."

•   Lots of weekend diversions: Hadid in Central Park: is she channeling The Brady Bunch?

•   Q&A with Joseph Grima re: Storefront's "White House Redux" exhibition.

•   Hawthorne says a Greene & Greene show makes the case that "there was nothing necessarily anti-modern about their version of California regionalism."

•   A Christo show in D.C. won't float everyone's boat: it "feels more like a publicity campaign for a product than like a considered investigation of an important aesthetic event."

•   "Unbuilt Toronto: The City That Could Have Been" stars at the ROM.

•   In Berlin, a derelict German mint is taken over by 1960's visionary architecture.

•   Maya Lin x 2 on view in San Francisco "marks a new direction."

•   30 years of Zumthor's "buildings that belong" on view in Lisbon.

•   Page turners: Heathcote finds Sudjic's "The Language of Things" a "readable, sharp and worthwhile account" of the "anonymous realm of manufactured stuff."

•   "For the Record: The First Women in Canadian Architecture" is a valuable resource.


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