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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

•   A look at how Alabama communities are looking at ways to rebuild following April's devastating tornadoes (some are further along than others).

•   King looks at San Francisco's Downtown Plan 25 years later: in the long run, it's "proved its worth...The task ahead is to update it and to make it flexible enough to respond to a future we can't possibly predict."

•   It's not all that easy being green in Europe.

•   Safdie tapped for two green condo towers in Singapore.

•   Glancey is utterly aglow about Edinburgh's revamped National Museum of Scotland: "Step inside, and you enter one of Scotland's finest and most unexpected new public spaces" (from his description - we want to!).

•   London's 2012 Olympics opens a year from now - let the pundits begin: Long x 2: the park will "be in the idiom of our century, a slightly Tellytubby-ish landscape that is organic rather than romantic but never escaping the appearance of something utterly man-made" + the Aquatics Centre won't look its best until after the Games (perhaps that's why there's no image showing temporary wings on Hadid's website?).

•   A "wizard from Oz" (a.k.a. Brisbane) talks about his Olympic-sized tasks (and just what are those triangular spikes running around the top of the stadium for?).

•   Viñoly takes on operatic airs for Bard SummerScape's "Die Liebe der Danae"; when some starchitects have played set designer, the results have been "iffy," though his previous efforts have "largely been praised."

•   The NYC building crowd is wowed by prototype of the winning design in the urbanSHED competition for a different kind of construction scaffolding.

•   We couldn't resist (not in this heat, anyway): an eyeful of a football field-long floating, portable Tropical Island Paradise ('er, yacht).

•   Call for entries/RFIQ/RFP: Los Angeles seeks master planner for 40-acre Union Station district.


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