Renderings of the Day: New York–based Biber Architects broke ground on the USA Pavilion for Expo Milano 2015. The pavilion, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet," is a response to the fair's overall food theme. "The pavilion itself is a scaffolding for ideas, a rethinking of the nature of the expo pavilion and of America as a force in the food world," said Biber Architects founder and principal James Biber, FAIA, in a press release.

Biber Architects
Biber Architects
Biber Architects
Biber Architects

MLK Library Update: Washington, D.C.,'s public library system is looking for proposals for a temporary library space, while the Mies van der Rohe-designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library undergoes major renovations, designed by Mecanoo Architecten and Martinez+Johnson Architecture. [Washington Business Journal] In related news, the library has posted the MLK Library Concept Design, available as a complete report (five PDFs at the bottom of this webpage) or you can just read the executive summary.

ICYMI: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July jobs report, bearing good news for building-related industries. [ARCHITECT]

Quote of the Day: "In New York, the 'poor door' has been criticized as a mechanism to spare market-rate tenants the 'terrible awkwardness' of encountering their lower-income neighbors. Much less consideration has been given to whether lower-income tenants — often families living in cities more interested in building studios and one-bedrooms — want to share walls, common space and similar amenities with young nocturnal professionals."—Emily Badger writes in Wonkblog. [The Washington Post]

Number of the Day: 1,117—The number of Bay Area houses that closed for at least $2 million in the second quarter of 2014. That's a 28.2 percent year-over-year increase. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Instagram of the Day:

5 More Stories for Friday:

A new Valentino store, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, opens today on New York's 5th Avenue . [Vogue]

And here are some clothing collections that were inspired by architecture. [Vogue]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio decked out his new Gracie Mansion crib in West Elm. [The New York Times]

A Kickstarter for a voice-controlled light switch. [TechCrunch]

Q+A with Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, on his recent projects, the creative design process, and how to handle criticism. [Metropolis]

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