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Today’s News - Thursday, March 4, 2010

•   Sydney's $6 billion Barangaroo redevelopment plans by Rogers Stirk Harbour breach height limits, says Thalis (on the original competition-winning team) - and he produces images to prove it.

•   Rogers pens a strike-back: "Boldness is needed now for Barangaroo...I have seen media coverage of the proposed building that seriously misrepresented what we have designed."

•   Moore cheers a team of planners who "aren't supposed to look like this" and their plans to revive Croyden (still striving "to find an inner Manhattan") + "Why the new-look US embassy is a green, well-dressed, diplomatic lump."

•   Piccadilly Circus gets £14m pedestrian-friendly revamp (not all are convinced).

•   Zukin takes on "St. Jane" in a tour of Greenwich Village "not as a pilgrim but to wax sardonic."

•   An eyeful of Warsaw's new Chopin Museum: the "most modern biographical museum in Europe" (in a palace, no less).

•   An eyeful of the four finalists' master plans for the 70ha Meridian Water development in north London.

•   Tacoma's Cheney Stadium to get a $30 million remodel, but will it lose its "festive feel"?

•   The battle against Asian carp invasion could lead to closing the Chicago River, which could be "catastrophic" for the iconic tour boats and be "a civic blow to the redeveloping riverfront."

•   Groves finds whimsy in - and hopefully salvation for - the few orange-shaped juice stands that have landed on the first Falling by the Wayside list.

•   Q&A with MAD's Ma Yansong about Beijing's courtyard houses, his vision of new Asian architecture, and his collaboration with Eliasson.

•   Rockwell's 2010 Oscar set aims "to create a fostering environment for the natural levity and drama of the show."

•   Housing of the future: abandoned mental hospitals "transformed from creepy relics of the past" (and where the "views are insane") + an eyeful of one firm's plan to turn one of Sweden's old, ugly mental hospitals into a sustainable apartment complex.

•   RAIC gives Architectural Firm Award 2010 to Bing Thom Architects, and the Gold Medal to George Baird.

•   Call for entries: Evergreen Awards competition for excellence in building design and environmental performance (U.S., Canada, Mexico).

•   We couldn't resist: for the billionaire with everything - a $160 million, 36,600-sq.-ft. floating island yacht - with fashion house Hermès name attached (ya gotta see it to believe it!).


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