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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 29, 2008

•   Keegan takes long look at LEED: "the science of sustainable building is still in its infancy...this discipline is our inconvenient truth."

•   Starchitects in Kazakhstan creating a "Brasilia in the Steppe": "They're looking at Dubai as their precedent for speed."

•   Starchitects take on malls, but can good design make them valid for the 21st century?

•   In Israel, historic buildings slated for preservation too often land in hands of developers who either damage or demolish despite the law.

•   Bad news for another NYC Modernist icon (but the fat lady hasn't sung - we remain hopeful).

•   Better news: things are looking up for two buildings at the Prague zoo by a Czech cubist master.

•   HOK's Indianapolis International Airport is "architecturally bold and environmentally ahead of its time" (lots of pix!).

•   A Brooklyn brownfield goes green: the buildings "are just guests" within a park.

•   Nobel on Brooklyn's IKEA: it "(shockingly) fails to end the world as we know its own way it is a great public space."

•   Mays on Superkül's laneway house in Toronto "that's a small masterpiece of urban infill and uplift" (looks pretty cool).

•   Have pavilion, can travel (or recycle): Graeme Massie wins Scottish pavilion for 2009 Kolkata book fair (looks cool, too).

•   Some British towns look to the stars (or at least hope to) by cutting light pollution (added bonus: a cut in carbon emissions, too).

•   Call for entries: 09 Skyscraper Competition.

•   A moment of mirth: a spelling error on a sign at Cambridge University, "home to many of Britain's more prestigious brains."


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