2006_1109_ARO_Tower.jpg+ Architecture Research Office's climate change-influenced entry is a finalist for the History Channel's "City of the Future" design contest (right). Flooded pockets of Manhattan are called "Inundation Zones."

+ 250 Bowery, designed by FLAnk, has a "haunting, post-industrial vibe." The exterior's made of corten.

+ The battle over Washington Square Park's redesign continues. At issue: Was Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe's verbal promise to make the fountain plaza no less than 90 percent valid?

+ iPodism in SoHo: It's behind a 19th century cast-iron facade.

+ The 1911 Wards Bakery building at 800 Pacific Street - just steps from the Atlantic Yards project - is deemed a non-landmark, even though it's been featured in the National Register of Historic Places since 2003. Boasts a terra cotta facade, Greco-inspired ornamental arches and unusual tile work.

+ Suits and hard hats at Philip Johnson's Urban Glass House.

+ And, camouflage-chic is a "travesty," one Iraq war vet tells I.D. mag. What would he say about the Love & War exhibition at FIT?