Renderings of the Day: AstraZeneca recently released designs by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron for the biopharmaceutical company's new headquarters and research and development center in Cambridge, England. [GizMag] Herzog & de Meuron senior partner Stefan Marbach said in an AstraZeneca press release, "In designing the new building we made reference to the historical colleges in central Cambridge, which are typically low-rise buildings enclosing a central courtyard."

Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron

ICYMI: Jane Duncan has been elected the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). [ARCHITECT]

8 More Stories for Thursday:

By 2015, Brazil will be home to the biggest aquarium in South America, designed by Cincinnati-based firm Jack Rouse Associates. [CityLab]

Activists with the Audobon Society claim that the Minnesota Vikings dismissed their advice on which types of glass to use for their new stadium and as a result, the proposed design presents a threat to thousands of birds. [USA Today]

The European Union is helping to fund the development of a 6,000-mile bike path through 20 countries along the Cold War-era "Iron Curtain" boundary. [The Guardian]

The Venezuelan government is removing the people living in Torre David. [Quartz]

A recent survey reveals that San Franciscans have conflicting views about the city's architecture. About one-quarter of participants want new buildings to be smaller, but around one-fifth of participants wants new buildings to be bigger. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Public health and social equity are two priorities for Cleveland's new planning director, Freddy Collier Jr. [The Plain Dealer]

An illustration of the infamous Kowloon Walled City. [South China Morning Post; h/t Gizmodo]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to organize a Robot Olympics for the 2020 summer games in Tokyo. [Slate]

Step Up, Step Down:

Eileen Fitzgerald will become president of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). [Affordable Housing Finance]

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