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Reading list: Next City introduced their new "Resilient Cities" series yesterday. For the next year, reporters in ten cities will post dispatches on the resiliency planning in their locale. [Next City]

Acquisitions: HDR Architecture acquired Rice Daubney, based in Sydney, Australia. [Omaha World-Herald]

For the watercooler: In "What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don't," a former architect from Australia argues that the coffee superchain, unlike many architects, designs to cater to customers. Composed as a letter to architects, she writes, "No wonder architecture has become a niche vocation. You don't connect with people any more." Don't miss the in-line comments. (h/t The Atlantic Cities)

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