Can wood replace steel in a 70-story skyscraper? Architects and biochemists at Cambridge think so. Meanwhile at MIT, rethinking cement is cutting down carbon emissions.
City planners rushed to erase divisions between East and West Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. But the fate of communist-era buildings can still provoke friction a quarter-century later.
A Spanish court named Calatrava, designer of New York's Ground Zero transport hub, a suspect in alleged contract fraud. Prosecutors say he got $3.6 million for a convention center that wasn't built.
Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.
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