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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 19, 2008

•   As some London tower plans are put on hold (including Rogers Stirk Harbour’s "Cheesegrater"), Glancey thinks this might be a good time "to pause and to think of what the city might appear to be in a decade’s time."

•   King on the strong reactions to his review of Saitowitz-designed synagogue: "offers backhanded proof of its architectural power"; and his picks for S.F.’s upcoming "eclectic, freewheeling" Architecture and the City Festival.

•   Two developers call on two big guns to vie for big New Haven redevelopment project.

•   Russell on a British Columbia development that comes as close as possible to being carbon-neutral "without using unproven technologies or promising to plant trees in Brazil."

•   Glancey takes his telescope to the Kielder Observatory and finds it one of a "cluster of unpretentious, low-cost British buildings by intelligent architects that offer something way beyond what money can buy."

•   Gunts on Baltimore’s new convention hotel: views are great, but Camden Yards fans will probably give it a Bronx cheer.

•   Gustafson Porter wins in Woolwich to redesign two squares (paddling pool included).

•   Meier makes a case for minimalism, and muses: "Minimalism is not the only style, but it’s my style."

•   Eames’s Case Study House #8 "looks better now, when viewed in our age of architectural pomposity, than perhaps ever before."

•   Rotterdam’s Club Watt to generate energy from dancers, while a similar club in London "has raised some green hackles."

•   London is a new playground for alternative cars to avoid congestion fees (great pix, too).

•   Deadlines loom: Call for EOI: Pennine Lancashire Squared International Landscape Architecture Competition. - Call for entries: Re:Construct: Sustainable building materials and practices. - Call for registration: Schools and Engineer-Mentors for 2008/2009 Future City Competition.

•   Heathcote finds a small RIBA show on Modernism in China to be "a revelation."

•   He likes a new tome on 20th century icons, but hopes the next might be about "buildings you hardly notice but make the city a little bit better. Now that would be radical."

•   In King’s Wood, Kent, show homes for animals based on dictators’ palaces.

•   Winners all: SMPS Annual National Marketing Communications Awards.

•   Brad Pitt is back with season 3 of e2 design - premiering online this week.


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