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Buildings Can Be Designed To Withstand Earthquakes. Why Doesn't the U.S. Build More of Them? (NYT Repost)

Informative articles on new technologies to construct and retrofit buildings in earthquake prone areas to better withstand seismic activity, improving safety of occupants and reducing costly property damage. Japan is at the forefront of the resiliency building movement. The United States is not. One exception: the new Apple headquarters building in California.

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House of The Day: A Modern Home Inspired by the Humble Barn (WSJ Repost)

Twelve photos of a newly built home in East Hampton, NY consisting of 5 interconnected barn-shaped structures inspired by historic barns found throughout the area. The owners purchased the property for $1.050 million and spent $4 million for construction, design and decor. The list price is $5.295 million. They want to downsize and take on a new project!

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Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96 (NYT Repost)

Whether you know him by name or his buildings, architect Kevin Roche was a giant in his field. He trained under famed architect Eero Saarinen (who designed the TWA Terminal at JFK). Roche’s New York works included the Ford Fundation headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, finished in 1967, and the Metropolitan Musuem of Art’s glass pavilion enclosing the Temple of Dendur completed in 1979.

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First Department Oral Argument

Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege and opportunity to participate in oral argument before a five Justice panel in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Manhattan. I represented plaintiffs-appellants who appealed a trial court justice decision denying summary judgment. The case involves UCC claims against a customer’s bank for improper payment of two dual party checks and a missing endorsement shortened notice provision in the bank’s agreement with its customer which we argued was commercially unreasonable and void against public policy. It was a great experience, both interacting with the Justices during my oral argument and listening to over a dozen oral arguments by attorneys handling other appeals which the Justices heard before ours!

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The Bill Coming Due for Airlines (WSJ Repost)

US Airports plan to spend $100 billion over the next five years to refurbish old terminals and expanding capacity. It is catch up time - spending on U.S. airport infrastructure fell 24 % between 2013 and 2017. Higher fees for airlines (and passengers) are expected. Is the extra expense worth it to modernize and improve service?

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