Photo of the Day:

The National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai is illuminated to mark the completion of its construction work yesterday. Co-built by the Ministry of Commerce and the Shanghai city government, the new center will be the world’s largest single-building exhibition complex, with 500,000 square meters (5,382,000 square feet) of exhibition space. The facility, near the Hongqiao transport hub, is expected to come into operation in the first half of next year.
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The National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai is illuminated to mark the completion of its construction work yesterday. Co-built by the Ministry of Commerce and the Shanghai city government, the new center will be the world’s largest single-building exhibition complex, with 500,000 square meters (5,382,000 square feet) of exhibition space. The facility, near the Hongqiao transport hub, is expected to come into operation in the first half of next year.


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Reporter Jillian Berman on the death of malls. [The Huffington Post]

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Alexander Calder’s "Mountains and Clouds" mobile in the Capitol will undergo structural analysis. [Hyperallergic]

A new exhibit at the Dallas Center for Architecture offers a look at the buildings through a child's perspective, with a timeline of toys used throughout history to construct fantasy buildings. [The Dallas Morning News]

Running out of storage on the iPhone is an everyday first world problem, but fear not! SanDisk just introduced a solution: a flash drive for iPhones, offering up to 64GB in additional memory. [Huh]

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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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