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Five things to do today: 19 December

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Monumental restoration - city solution - book shopping - Obama the architect - walking

Monumental restoration
Read the always-excellent Wired on the art of preserving epic monuments. 'Intrepid tourists travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars just to experience historic marvels with their own eyes. The irony is that much of what they're seeing is the work of ongoing upkeep, the replication of what it probably used to look like.'

City solution
Join the debate at Slate: 'Can cities save the planet? Scientists are skeptical. Planners are hopeful. The Dutch are pragmatic.'

Book shopping
Shop at Bookworks, a British publishing house whose work includes beautiful and esoteric books with subjects that range from spam emails to the meaning of life.

Obama the architect
'It’s finally happening! We have a president who cares about architects! And architecture! And the urban environment! And infrastructure.' See how excited the Americans are with their new president at The Architect's Newspaper.

Go for a nice walk. Thousands of routes to choose from.

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