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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

•   We lose a master of urban renewal.

•   Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House (still under construction) goes up in flames ("Why is Chinese starchitecture so damn flammable?" ponders our friends at TAN).

•   Dyckhoff offers some stark advice for the architects in anticipation of Prince Charles's RIBA speech tonight: "it's time to be bold or go under... Your architecture isn't too radical; it's far, far too boring."

•   Robert Adam condemns call for boycott of Prince's lecture (and we're looking forward to piles of punditry that's sure to follow tomorrow).

•   A call for the world to follow Ecuador's example of a constitution granting rights to nature.

•   Coming soon: a Green Classroom Toolbox for greening school renovations.

•   A German suburb proves life can be good without cars.

•   A battle brews over Edinburgh's skyline; will it chase away much-needed potential investment?

•   Glancey thinks Foster and Rogers "are the first to suffer as redevelopment of Ground Zero hits hard times" - because "they're Limeys" (c'mon, isn't that stretching things a bit?).

•   New life for Chicago architecture using new tools, new materials, and a renewed focus on issues like density - discussed by those in the know.

•   Kamin on Trump tower spire (finally in place): "a Kmart accessory for an Hermes suit...the sky-gazing public has not won."

•   King clips: reminder that registration deadline looms for Rising Tides competition; SFMoMA's rooftop garden "nudges us to take a fresh look around"; and cheers for local talent who garnered ASLA Awards.

•   Battle shapes up over possible licensing changes for interior designers.

•   Q&A with vertical farm guru Despommier.

•   Brisbane's striking, new pedestrian bridge expected to be a global drawing card.

•   Planned Denmark-Germany bridge called "a money pit worth billions" that would be less used "than a country road."

•   Another take on Chicago Art Institute's Modern Wing (with some amusing/insightful input by Piano).


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