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Today's News - January 16, 2007

California architects doing good in Darfur. -- Loblolly house makes high-tech green building a prefab snap. -- Left Coast vs. Right Coast: L.A. architects have more "room to dream" than NYC architects. -- Duany takes on critics of new urbanism, avant-gardist architects, and environmentalists. -- Becker wonders if Chicago Spire developer is "visionary or delusional" (and offers a sharp exchange with Kamin). -- Meanwhile, Kamin passes out grades for new campus architecture: "To icon or not to icon?" (and gives an A+ to Holl in Iowa.) -- Old money vs. new Foster tower in NYC: the "plate tectonics of power" are shifting. -- Using a "velvet hammer," NYC's planning commissioner scores (mostly) thumbs-up as "the curator of a living, breathing city." -- "Disneyfication" 40 years ago meant something very different than it does today. -- An architect calls for creativity to transform the Modernist City Hall into a civic center for a contemporary Boston. -- Orbitz new Chicago HQ "s not your daddy's workplace." -- Experts look at New York City's plans for a new way to play. -- Dyckhoff finds hope in AR Emerging Architecture Awards winners in the "unflashy virtues of integrity and respect for the user." -- Libeskind on the difference between architecture and theater. -- At home with Marc Newson. -- Campbell finds de Botton tome "the best introduction to architecture I have ever seen."

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