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Today's News - Friday, June 27, 2008

-- Western architects invade Russia (not enough local talent?).
-- U.K.'s BRE under fire for focusing on "green gimmickry" rather than solid research.
-- Saffron is pleased with Philadelphia mayor's endorsement of PennPraxis waterfront plan (and rethinking casino sitings).
-- Q&A with Viñoly re: his Battersea plan: is he "a menace or a sustainable design hero?"
-- Meanwhile, his "shimmery spaceship" is about to touch down at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.
-- Calatrava's Jerusalem bridge: a "ship's sail, a crooked nail, or a giant headache"?
-- Robin Hood Gardens design competition results are in! The most successful entries were not the most reverent.
-- The most expensive house in the world: is it a bold statement or vulgar and inappropriate?
-- Koshalek's contract won't be renewed, throwing some big plans into limbo.
-- Perl's postcards from nowhere: museums that are "only brands designed to contain brands."
-- Weekend diversions: Eliasson's NYC waterfalls are "actually relatively unobtrusive and brilliantly insidious" (with pix/video to prove it).
-- Bucky at the Whitney "bears the stretch marks of its 1930s origins."
-- London's Soane Museum is the perfect venue for Chipperfield Neues Museum show that is "really about the conservation dilemma."
-- Murcutt in Tokyo wonders if he should have gone there 30 years ago.
-- Norten's "inTENtions" in Monterey, Mexico.
-- Louis Sullivan in Chicago.
-- Page turners: Meier's American odyssey. -- "Building New Brunswick" offers "much to admire and quite a bit to condemn." -- The secrets of the Golden Gate in a "colorful, graphic-novel-style." -- "Stonehenge" is a "fascinating and delightful book."

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