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Today: Friday 2 January 2009

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Rail fares are rising well above the rate of inflation, amid criticism from passengers' groups. The Israeli military says it is ready to launch a possible ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. And the final guest editor of the Today programme, the architect Zaha Hadid, discusses innovative buildings in Dubai and commissions an interview with the chief designer of Chanel Karl Lagerfeld.

Computer technology has had a huge impact on the way buildings are designed and constructed. Tom Feilden visits Lincoln Cathedral and guest editor Zaha Hadid's own offices to investigate a new, technology-inspired burst of architectural creativity.

Guest editor Zaha Hadid says that, in the 1950s, Baghdad had the money and confidence to commission great architects to design great buildings. Correspondent Caroline Wyatt visits Baghdad University to see what the building reveals about the city's history.

Commuters will have to pay an average of 6% more for their train journeys, as above-inflation price rises come into force. Anthony Smith, chief executive of independent rail watchdog Passenger Focus, and Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc), discuss if the fare rises are justified.

The Phaeno Science Centre, a "hands on" science museum in Germany that opened in 2005, is one of guest editor's Zaha Hadid's most spectacular projects. Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, visits the museum to discover a huge, free-flowing space made of cast concrete without using any right angles.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Guest editor Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad in the 1950s and 60s, when it was an extremely prosperous, liberal city with Christians, Muslims, and Jews living side by side. Baghdad correspondent Humphrey Hawksley speaks to Baghdad residents who remember its "glory years" and Sami Zubaida, emeritus professor of politics and sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, discusses the cultural scene in Baghdad since the 1950s.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

What will Israel's next step be in the Gaza Strip? A leading Hamas figure has been killed, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has spoken of using an "iron fist" in the campaign. Today presenter Edward Stourton, who will present the programme from Jerusalem tomorrow, discusses the latest developments in the conflict. Israeli Public Service Minister Avi Dichter says Israel was prepared for Hamas to fight back.

Today's papers.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are both cities which are developing a reputation for commissioning the most interesting architecture anywhere in the world. Correspondent Tim Franks reports on the cities where guest editor Zaha Hadid believes the next globally symbolic buildings are being built.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest..

How will US President-elect Barack Obama fulfil his promise of closing the military prison Guantanamo Bay? Lord Goldsmith, Tony Blair's Attorney General who negotiated with Washington over British detainees at Guantanamo, discusses the role European countries must play if the prison is to close successfully.

The government has launched a healthy living campaign in a bid to stem rising obesity rates in England. Health Minister Ben Bradshaw and Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, discuss the suggestion that obese and overweight people will cost the taxpayer in England 50bn by 2050.

Guest editor Zaha Hadid has produced a museum - or rather a portable exhibition space - that can be transported around the world. Inside it is an art exhibition celebrating Chanel handbags. Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld discusses his life in fashion.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Palestinian group Hamas says one of its senior leaders, Nizar Rayyan, has been killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home. Nine other members of his family were also killed. Former EU diplomat Alistair Crooke discusses whether it will affect the Israeli strategy.

The Architectural Association, a design school in London, specialised in educating architects who deliberately designed the unbuildable. Reporter Sanchia Berg interviews two graduates of the school, Sir Peter Cook and Charles Jencks, about what drove them to such experimental projects.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

After a morning of architecture and avant-garde ideas, guest editor Zaha Hadid explains the choices she made when commissioning items for the programme and what inspires her to create the sort of buildings she designs.


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