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Today’s News - Thursday, October 30, 2008

•   Is smart growth really dumb growth?

•   Hawthorne looks at the intersection of public transit, urbanism, architecture - and a ballot that wants to bring back earlier model of public-transit for Los Angeles.

•   The Dutch choose BREEAM over LEED.

•   ULI report: sidestep going green at your own risk - even in a tough economy.

•   In Helsinki, The Public is the all-important client, and open competitions are the way to get going for young Finnish architects.

•   Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma and its "incongruous influx of luxury high-rises" (but the naked farmers aren't going anywhere).

•   A Waldorf=Astoria to be Philly's 6th tallest tower.

•   London's Design Museum has its eye on Commonwealth Institute to be its new home.

•   Good day for Gehry: his Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem gets Israeli court o.k.

•   He's on an impressive shortlist for Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall.

•   Another impressive shortlist for a new government center in Sofia.

•   Dispute over fate of Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama gets its day in court today (our fingers are crossed!).

•   Brussat finds a silver lining in the housing crisis: Howard Roark would be a traditionalist as developers turn away from modern.

•   Farrelly on Australian Institute of Architecture awards: Melbourne trounced Sydney: "It's the look. You have it or you don't. We don't." - And two winners cause a fuss over what constitutes "public architecture."

•   An eyeful of ideas to transform bus stops for London's double-deckers.


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