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Today’s News - Monday, July 27, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of de Portzamparc's museum home for Tintin.

•   Saffron on an urban design face-off: "Philadelphia hasn't seen a design competition this interesting in quite awhile" (upshot: winner isn't the one the residents wanted); and a program this Wednesday to focus on how to make Philly word better.

•   Cannell on some plans to "strengthen cities by shrinking them": perhaps "bulldoze the parking lot and put in a pasture"?

•   Glancey x 2: it's time to make every town an eco-town instead of "building tokenistic, half-baked fake communities while we're still wedded to motorways, airports and superstores"; and the Stirling Prize shortlist leaves him a bit cold (though not totally unimpressed).

•   Ouroussoff bemoans security fears causing a sudden turn-around on the (government-approved) design for a new border-crossing station.

•   The Birmingham Central Library's final chapter: it's a test case for post-war buildings that "are coming down like skittles."

•   Twentieth Century Society chairman speaks out on why Robin Hood Gardens deserves to be listed.

•   Should we be worried about a repeat of the "Lost Generation" of the early '90s? Perhaps not - "simply because there is really no place to get lost."

•   Baillieu calls for less red tape to help struggling architects (even some starchitects): it would be a shame if working in the U.K. is made so difficult they seek greener pastures elsewhere.

•   The massive Heart of Doha project looks to "revive the Qatari architectural language of the past combined with today's technologies, in their modern context."

•   MVRDV's super-sized project for Tianjin, China (not all are pleased).

•   King on a potentially perfect site (and a few others) for Fisher's museum that could keep it in San Francisco.

•   L.A.'s only public gardens to recycle a parking garage into a very green gallery.

•   Two we couldn't resist: some notable names share their memories of the Four Seasons on the 50th anniversary of "one of New York's great modern spaces."

•   Aerial maps of New York State turned into a most intriguing alphabet!


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