Quote of the Day: "Our city's built environment should reflect this culture of imagination. Too often, in recent decades, new buildings have been merely functional. I believe Boston can do better. We should aim for world-class design. Our historic buildings reflect our unique past. New buildings should project the values and aspirations of our growing city. We can balance the old and new." —Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. [The Boston Globe]

Instagram of the Day: Photographer Gerry Padden won Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's #WelcomeOneWTC photo contest, for this photo. [Skidmore, Owings & Merrill]

That beam of light followed that boat until sunset.

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ICYMI: AIA|DC revealed 2014 Design Award winners, and the Golden State Warriors released new designs for the team's San Francisco complex.

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Five More Stories for Friday:

The City of New York renovated and transformed a four-million-square foot former War World War I army base into a manufacturing hub for more than 100 businesses. [Business Insider]

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is revamping affordable housing initiatives with the launch of a program to convert underutilized public land into housing targeted at low and middle-income residents. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Beijing-based MAD Architects received approval on its first European project four years after winning a competition to design a residential complex in Rome. [Dezeen]

Chicago isn't an automatic shoo-in for the location of the Barack Obama Presidential Library—the Windy City faces a strong competitor: New York. [Chicago Tribune]

Construction will soon begin on the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis. Designed by Gallagher & Associates, the museum announced a new opening day in late 2015. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Step Up, Step Down:

Cincinnati Museum Center CEO Doug McDonald is stepping down as the museum begins a $208-million renovation. [The Cincinnati Enquirer]

Awards: Enter Now!

The AIA's COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + Awards recognize innovative projects that incorporate sustainable design strategies, while educating the profession and the public about the increased value of buildings that protect the environment. Submissions are due Jan. 26.

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