Photo of the Day:
The Harmon Hotel tower, right, on June 2, 2013.
Credit: Julie Jacobson/Associated Press
MGM Resorts International, the owner of the Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas, got court permission to tear down the never-completed structure designed by London's Foster + Partners. Part of the massive $8.5 billion CityCenter complex, the building project broke ground in 2006 but has faced concerns over structural integrity. It was designed to be 49 floors, but 21 of those floors were scrapped in 2008 due to faulty installation of rebar. Fred A. Bernstein wrote in ARCHITECT in 2010 that the Harmon Hotel building "may be the least important building of Norman Foster's [Hon. FAIA] career." [Dezeen]
Quote of the Day: "Appliances can be designed with fashion because they last such a short time. And even entertainment is kind of transitory. But buildings, because they last such a long time, should be approached differently. Approaching them as a kind of entertainment distorts architecture." —Witold Rybczynski, Hon. FAIA, in interview with Karrie Jacobs (both ARCHITECT contributors) [The New York Times]
Instagram of the Day:
Infographic of the day: This is the perfect office, according to design research. [The Huffington Post]
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The New York Public Library is ditching plans to convert the system's research Stephen A. Schwarzman Building into a lending library. [The New York Times]
The House advanced a bill to create a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. [The Washington Post]
Bill floated to rename D.C.'s Union Station to "Harry S. Truman Union Station." [DCist]
The Golden State Warriors are still on the hunt for an architect to design their stadium in its new location. [San Francisco Business Times]
There's a 3.5-square-mile pretend town in England for London police training. [Wired]
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