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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

•   A green light for Liverpool's Wirral Waters - at 420 acres, it's the U.K.'s largest planning application (that will take only about 30 years to complete).

•   As for China's building boom, "megalomania is in full swing," and "doubts are taboo" - but many are warning it could go bust (which doesn't bode well for the rest of the world).

•   Beijing's billionaire developer begs to differ: she's "betting hundreds of millions of dollars that the warnings of a housing crash are wrong."

•   Meanwhile, Guangzhou sprouts an arts playground (a Hadid included).

•   How could we resist: a solution to China's desperate need for urban public transportation: the Straddling Bus (no space for elevated station? use the ladder, please).

•   Planner Palafox proposes major transformation of Manila's Laguna de Bay.

•   LaBarre on Iran's plans for London embassy: "The problem: They picked the wrong place to do it. And they picked a really ugly building to do it with."

•   Dunlop finds it "easy to be queasy" about Miami's rush to approve the "outlandish design" of a garage with two bigger-than-gigantic electronic billboards atop.

•   An in-depth look at Boise, Idaho's turbulent history of urban renewal: as in many cities, it's "a tale of an effort progressing at two steps forward and one step back - and there was at least one occasion where it tripped and fell down the stairs."

•   Debate continues to roil around towering plans for Pei's Christian Science campus in Boston (Cossutta is none to pleased).

•   Istanbul sees its once-faded landmark Pera Palace return to its former glory (Garbo not included).

•   A reborn town known as the "Russian Venice" will be the focus of Russia's Venice Biennale pavilion.

•   Wales debuts its first carbon-free home on a mini-estate of affordable, low-energy houses (with, hopefully, more to follow).

•   Q&A with Viñoly re: building in Abu Dhabi, Boston - and Brooklyn (New Domino): what's it like to build in NYC? "I always thought this is perhaps the most important urban experiment in the history of mankind."

•   2010 North American Copper in Architecture Award winners (great presentation).


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