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Today's News - January 3, 2007

Looking to the future, planning remains Ireland's "Achilles heel." -- The Design Commission for Wales has had a rough three years (but it's trying to do better). -- Hawthorne finds "L.A.'s public spaces are a product of their communities, not a planner's desk." -- Paris struggles to keep Champs Elysées "as French and chic as possible." -- A green report card for Chicago (not at all shabby). -- Farrelly finds architects' social conscience deserving of applause, but does it change anything? -- Young Israeli and Palestinian architects work together to design housing to live together ("Maybe some day, not in our lifetime"). -- Denver firms finding big business in developing countries "flush with cash" and "not afraid to spend it on American expertise." -- A Scottish icon by Hadid in the making. -- Denver's Civic Center park plans: "organizers unprepared for the huge outcry" over Libeskind plan; what should happen next? -- Fraser takes another step toward starchitect-dom. -- In Sydney, a posthumous Seidler disappoints, while two Foster towers are "fine, confident buildings." -- Denver's Justice Center is all about concrete (hopefully, only for the time being). -- Viñoly's Bronx Hall of Justice is "Architecture with a capital "A." -- Piano/FXFowle's New York Times HQ an "almost exhibitionistic high-mindedness" (with some "wonkish" green architecture to boot). -- New Boston hotel is "solid, thoughtful urban design" (too bad it's "forgettable architecture"). -- Q&A with GSA's new chief architect, who promises to "include a full spectrum of designers, both Modernists and traditionalists." -- Valerio is Kamin's pick for 2006 Chicagoan of the Year. -- Japanese architect gets five years, but there are still "fundamental flaws in the building industry." - Editor's note: ArcSpace will return on a regular basis on January 8.

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