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IN THIS ISSUE 16_10.06.2010
An invitation to build in China sounds too good to be true, and probably is, say New York architects
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates wins major competition to transform grounds around Saarinen icon
Kenneth Caldwell basks in the modern mystique of this definitive and nuanced Design Research biography
Philly developer nixes mixed-use plan for 85-year-old grain elevator
Two gorgeous new photography books stalk the evocative ruins of Brooklyn's industrial waterways
Cash-strapped NYCHA sees pending deal as model for selling development rights in problem-plagued projects
Modest uptick in August AIA index marks slow road to recovery
SOM-designed Marshak Science Building gets facelift amid R&D building boom at Hamilton Heights campus
What's It Worth?
Considering the Venice Biennale's relevance after forty years.
One more for the books
Eavesdrop> Isadora Mullion
AD's New Guard, Viva Brasilia!, We Heard at a Party
Open> Boutique
Chanel Soho by Peter Marino
Banking on Preservation
New tax rules boost investment in rehabilitation
Treasure Hunt
Open House New York reveals the city's hidden spaces
Hanrahan Meyers Architects composes a New York chapel with physics and the human spirit in mind
Unveiled> Willoughby Square Park
Hargreaves Associates design Brooklyn park atop a parking garage
Studio Visit> WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Fordham Plaza, Far Rockaway Park, Times Square Visitors Center, Xinjin Landscape Bridge, Zipper Bench
New School team ups the ante in sustainability competition
360 Architecture and Ewing Cole design a football stadium for two New York powerhouses
Unveiled> Carnal Hall
Bernard Tschumi Architects shows off their competition-winning performing arts center
At Deadline
Superfund for Newtown Creek, Subway stall-out on Second Avenue, Field Operations storms Seattle
Security Detail
New security systems with digital brains make it so much easier to get by
Amid expansive displays of derring-do and clever acts of interpretation at this year's 12th International Architecture Exhibition, a silent question hangs in the air: Is this really what architecture means?
A roundup of exhibitions at the Venice Biennale
Comment> James Rossant
Battery Park City and the Lower Manhattan Plan 50 years later