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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

•   It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of Charles Gwathmey.

•   CABE criticizes outline plan for U.S. embassy in London for several reasons, including "it effectively turns its back on the existing street."

•   Not all are pleased with Honolulu's plans for an elevated train line or the "aircraft carriers in the sky" station designs.

•   LOT-EK lands Pier 57 with design of a "container-centric community" for NYC's West Chelsea pier.

•   Kamin says delayed Hadid pavilion was "worth the wait": it's a "virtuoso display of structure, space and light" (with only a few flaws).

•   A first in mosque architecture: a woman architect; but is it a giant leap for womankind? Not exactly (better odds if you're a husband/wife team, it seems).

•   First look at Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

•   A look at "Balancity," the German Pavilion planned for Shanghai Expo 2010.

•   SWA Group wins master plan assignment for Mexico's University of Monterrey (an Ando building included).

•   Callison talks about working in China: are they upset theirs is no longer the tallest? "For some firms that's a big motivator. But we won't go into any of the Freudian reasons for that&hellip"

•   Houston Zoo has big plans for its African Forest "immersive landscape."

•   Despommier speaks about why farms of the future will be skyscrapers.

•   Heatherwick's "B for the Bang" meets a sad end, but there is an upside: "It's certainly been a topic of conversation for a lot of people, so in that sense it's been a successful piece of art."

•   Three we couldn't resist: Waite's amusing conversation with a "Dunlop doppelganger."

•   BD's Carbuncle Cup 2009 longlist (the architects must be none too happy).

•   Call for entries: Live Forever: The Michael Jackson Monument Design Competition (for those with some time on their hands).


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