ICYMI: The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is down to six finalists, ThyssenKrupp announced a horizontal elevator prototype, ADP reports the U.S. economy added 208,000 jobs in November, NCARB announced mutual reciprocity for recognition of architect credentials across North American borders, and photographer Ryann Ford is releasing a photography book about America's vanishing rest stops.

Quote of the Day: "Lovett Hall, the administration building of Rice University, is the architectural equivalent of a Ph.D. dissertation. It's the rigorous, formal exposition of an idea that the building's architect, Ralph Adams Cram of Boston, had one hundred years ago about what a Houston-style architecture might look like." —Stephen Fox [Houston Chronicle]

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Infographic of the Day: One World Trade Center tops the list of the world's most expensive skyscrapers. [Curbed] The New York Times investigates how costs for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub doubled to nearly $4 billion.

Gifs of the day: Models of a "paper city" by artist Charles Young. [Paperholm]

Stadium News:

The Washington, D.C., council approved a new stadium for its soccer team, D.C. United. [Reuters]

The cost of Atlanta Falcons' stadium increased again and is up to $1.4 billion for a project originally budgeted at $1 billion. [Atlanta Business Journal]

Qatar released new renderings for the Qatar stadium for the 2022 World Cup. [BBC]

Six More Stories for Wednesday:  

London’s Olympic site is set to become an arts hub after it was announced the government will invest £141 million in the construction. [Huh]

A look at Chicago's Wrigley Field renovations. [Chicago Tribune]

Architect Farshid Moussavi on designing Victoria Beckham's debut clothing store in London. [The Telegraph]

A profile of architect Peter Marino, FAIA. [W]

Apple patents technology that will adjust the iPhone’s position whilst mid-air before hitting the ground in order to protect the device by reducing the impact velocity [Huh]

A group of British scientists have developed a bacteria-filled concrete that fills cracks with limestone when water seeps in, preventing potholes and greatly reducing roadwork costs. [Gizmodo]

Step Up, Step Down:

Heather Hutchison appointed executive director of Unity Temple Restoration Foundation to to restore the well-known Frank Lloyd Wright work in Oak Park, Ill.

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