Photo of the Day: A tree grows on a building in the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong. The photograph is from a series by photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze that were recently published in Wild Concrete (Asia One Books, 2014).

Credit: Romain Jacquet-Lagreze/REX via Associated Press

Breaking: The Shard was evacuated this morning after smoke in the basement was reported. [The Independent] But BBC reports that the London Fire Brigade tweeted at 8:45 a.m. East Coast time that the smoke was gone, and the building would be reopened. [BBC]

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Number of the Day: 70 percent of Americans say the country is still in the middle of a housing crisis, in a survey conducted by Hart Research Associates. [The Wall Street Journal]

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6 More Stories for Thursday:

Designers and architects imagine a better future for the Silver Line's concrete pillars in Virginia. [The Washington Post]

Chicago has issued an RFQ for ways to light up the city à la Paris, using structures such as the city's bridges, riverwalk, the Willis Tower, Aqua Tower, the Art Institute's modern wing, and Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. [Chicago Tribune]

San Francisco approves Proposition B, which would require voter approval on developments exceeding existing height limits along the waterfront. [San Francisco Business Times]

The Chinese city of Suzhou, known for its "duplitecture," is home to 56 replicas of famous bridges and landmarks from around the world. [The Guardian]

Q+A with Woods Bagot's global director of sport Dan Meis, FAIA, on the design of the new stadium in Rome. [Bloomberg]

Wired announces WIRED by Design "live magazine," slated for the fall. [Wired]

Step Up, Step Down:

David Malott, AIA, will be the next chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

El Dorado, Kan.–based PKHLS Architecture established an affiliate firm called p3. [The Wichita Eagle]

Detroit–based SmithGroup JJR elected Bonnie Khang-Keating; Bill Kline, AIA; and Joyce Polhamus, AIA, to its Board of Directors.

Birmingham, Ala.–based Hoar Construction opened an office in Washington, D.C. The company's first project will be Elysium Fourteen, an apartment building on the city's 14th Street NW expected to break ground this summer. [Alabama Media Group]

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