"The Top of America": TIME launched an interactive version of Josh Sanburn's cover story on the construction of One World Trade Center. "While 1 WTC may not be all things to all people, its completion signals that America's brawny, soaring ambition — the drive that sent pioneers west, launched rockets to the moon and led us to build steel-and-glass towers that pierced the clouds — is intact." [TIME]


New York-based Present Architecture has a new proposal for dealing with its city's trash: waterfront composting hubs. [Present Architecture]

New "tiny-house villages" are popping up to provide housing for the homeless. [The Christian Science Monitor]

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is offering free tours of the subway system. "Not everyone comes for the help. Art is the lure. But the aim is to seduce and thus inspire further public transit use." [Los Angeles Times]

Or just design your own subway system with the video game "Mini Metro." [The Atlantic Cities]

The debate continues over the moral responsibilities of architects, a question recently raised following Zaha Hadid's, Hon. FAIA, comments about construction worker deaths. [Metropolis Magazine]

5,000: The number of seats that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to add to the the city's Soldier Field, home of the Bears football team, which would still make the stadium too small to host a Super Bowl. Critic Blair Kamin weighs in. [Chicago Tribune]

Other business news: Kimberly Bowes was named director of the American Academy in Rome. Tadao Ando, Hon. FAIA, is slated to design his first New York building for developer Sumaida + Khurana. SmithGroupJJR is the architect of record for MGM National Harbor. The ribbon-cutting for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China (winner of a 2013 Annual Design Award), was held last week. Chicago's John Ronan Architects and Boston's Shepley Bulfinch will design the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Steven Holl's, FAIA, new building for Scotland's Glasgow School of Art is finished.

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