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The Sky Garden inside the "Walkie Talkie" building (20 Fenchurch Street), designed by Rafael Viñoly, AIA, is one of London's newest free attractions. The 35th floor observations decks, gardens, and restaurant provides stunning views of the River Thames and new vistas of landmarks such as the Shard and St Paul's Cathedral.
Rex Features via AP Images The Sky Garden inside the "Walkie Talkie" building (20 Fenchurch Street), designed by Rafael Viñoly, AIA, is one of London's newest free attractions. The 35th floor observations decks, gardens, and restaurant provides stunning views of the River Thames and new vistas of landmarks such as the Shard and St Paul's Cathedral.


ICYMI: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority launched new trains on Tuesday, 2012 R+D winner Metalab brought its PV-Pod to the market, the entry-level house is going the way of the dodo, and Ian Volner reports from Milan's 2015 Salone del Mobile with some of his favorite products from day one.

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Video of the Day: Snarkitecture at Salone del Mobile by Andrew Telling. 


Five More Stories for Wednesday:

Washington, D.C.'s Union Station has an ambitious redevelopment plan. [The New York Times]

Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, discusses her 3D-printed collaboration with Designboom. [Hypebeast]

Construction on a new Minnesota Senate building, designed by St. Paul, Minn.–based BWBR Architects, is underway, but the cost of the $90 million project remains a point of contention between politicians. [Star Tribune]

Portland, Ore., could become the 12th U.S. city to mandate energy reporting on commercial buildings. [Portland Business Journal]

Ahead of its opening day on May 1, fracking protesters gathered in front of the Whitney Museum of American Art, designed by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, on Tuesday night for a demonstration about a natural gas pipeline adjacent to the museum. [The New York Times]

Beginning in the fall, the Smithsonian plans on hosting programming in the renovated Arts and Industries Building, which opened in 1881. [The Washington Post]

Step Up, Step Down:

NBBJ has announced its first non-U.S. partner, David Lewis, who is currently head of the firm’s London office.

Awards: Enter Now!

DEADLINES EXTENDED: ARCHITECT's R+D Awards recognize innovative building research, materials, and technologies at every scale. Entries are now due April 24 for the regular deadline, or April 29 for the late deadline (additional fee applies).

The Radical Innovation Awards recognize innovative ideas that impact the hospitality industry. The deadline for contestants to submit their next big hotel concept is today, April 15.

Marvin Windows and Doors are seeking designs that utilize the company’s products for for its seventh annual Architects Challenge. Submissions are due May 1.

The 2015 World Architecture Festival Awards is accepting entries through May 22.

The American Society of Landscape Architects is accepting submissions for its 2015 Awards. Student entries are due by May 22.

The Portland chapter of the AIA is accepting entries for Stitch II, a competition challenging students and emerging designers to propose ideas for re-purposing space under a bridge on Interstate 405. Proposals are due June 1.

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