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Resistant Resiliency

Jaklitsch/Gardner recasts a Sandy-ravaged bungalow in the Rockways as a community art space.: Rebuilding areas impacted by extreme weather to be more resilient does not need to take the form of seawalls or oyster shoals.

A Landmark Anniversary

Architectural preservation commissions across the country are turning 50.: Next year brings the 50th anniversary of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Changing Tack

SHoP and Howard Hughes Corporation unveil revised Seaport plan for Lower Manhattan.: The most contested development site in New York City sits above water.

Betting on the BeltLine

Success of Chelsea Market spurs revitalization of Sears Building in Atlanta into the Ponce City Market.: Sprawling Atlanta is looking leaner these days, with dense development packing the city’s urban neighborhoods along a linear park known as the Atlanta BeltLine.

Editorial> Infrastructure to Build The Future

Chris Bentley applauds Chicago's Englewood Flyover.: Important as many high-tech items on urbanist wish-lists may be these days, a lot of American infrastructure still hurts for simple fixes.

Community Scales

Tulane University opens a new student residence designed by ARO.: Tulane University recently opened the Greenbaum House, a new student residence facility aiming for LEED Gold, designed by New York City–based Architectural Research Office (ARO) in collaboration with the New Orleans firm Waggoner and Ball Architects (WBA).

Check-Up, Check Out

A new health center parks in Brooklyn's Cultural District.: One of the last remaining surface-level parking lots in Brooklyn’s new booming Cultural District will not be replaced by a rental tower, hotel, or even a cultural venue, but by a health center for unionized hotel workers.

Greened House

Harvard sustainability research center finds a home.: A weathered 1940s house on a sleepy street in Cambridge seems an unlikely setting for a cutting-edge think tank aiming to change the conversation on sustainable building and planning.

Biomimetic Pyramid by Burkett Design/Studio NYL

Plate tectonics, honeycombs inspire new Denver Botanic Gardens research center.: (Continue reading.)

Review> Good Neighbors, You May Be Sure

Ben Koush reads Cheryl Caldwell Ferguson's book on Highland Park and River Oaks.: Highland Park and River Oaks: The Origins of Garden Suburban Community (Continue reading.)

Editorial> Shady Thoughts

Sam Lubell says the city of Los Angeles should plant more trees.: On the heels of several stifling Los Angeles heat waves it’s a good time to address one of my biggest issues with the city: the profound lack of street trees.

South Side Story

New mixed-use project in Bronzeville bets big on neighborhood redevelopment.: If new Walmart locations open to mass media attention, it is often due to protests and controversy over the big box retailer’s business practices.

Sustainability Gets A Healthy Check-Up

Edward Gunts looks into the latest developments in "Human Sustainability.": Hospital “healing gardens” that double as storm water management systems.

Zeroing In

Despite questions, Los Angeles narrows down convention center shortlist.: The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering’s competition for a $350 million expansion and renovation of the LA Convention Center has been narrowed to three final teams: AC Martin/LMN, Gensler/Lehrer Architects, and HMC/Populous.

Bright Ideas

Design and urbanism highlights from Chicago Ideas Week.: Each October inventors, designers, and doers gather together for Chicago Ideas Week to push our city towards new frontiers.

The Smithsonian's BIG Plans

Bjarke Ingels Group unveils $2 billion Smithsonian Institute South Campus Master Plan.: Multimedia: View more renderings of BIG's proposal on the AN Blog.

Review> An Academic Odyssey In Cambridge

Diane Yvonne Francis Ghirardo reads about the history of MIT's architecture program.: A Second Modernism.

Growing Pains

Some worry as development explodes along the Los Angeles River.: The plans to revamp the Los Angeles River—which include removing concrete channels, restoring lost ecosystems, and adding hundreds of acres of new parks and trails—have many in the city ecstatic about the possibilities.

How Stella Tower Got Its Glory Back

Developers use cutting-edge technology to restore Ralph Walker crown.: (Continue reading.)

Design at Work> Arup Los Angeles

Zago Architecture designs a dynamic office with numerous touchdown spaces.: Judging by most commercial office space, it would seem that designers have just two options for accommodating clients—hard-wall offices and systems furniture.