With the U.S. government granting more than $3 billion this year to security initiatives ranging from more reliable ID cards to new hazmat suits, one observer says what's missing is an emphasis on designing safer buildings. New York architect Barbara A. Nadel points out that in the U.K., civil engineers and architects are being recruited to create blast-resistant designs. The British government is asking professionals to "actively enhance, adapt ... and rethink the design, construction and fabric of our public infrastructure to resist the new terror threat of the future."

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