ICYMI: The AIA published a list of its 2015 legislative priorities, artist Federico Babina released a new illustrated series, and ARCHITECT reviewed 2014 job growth in construction-related industries.

From the Magazine: Architects Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of Boston-based Matter Design draw from antiquated practices to inform digital decisions when working with solid materials. [ARCHITECT]

Quote of the Day: "It is a tyrannical hulk of a thing, its gargantuan grey shell wrenched to and fro as if battered by an intergalactic skirmish, sooty scorch marks burnt across its crumpled mass. It rises up in a series of tilted plates, clad with interlocking bird-shaped aluminium tiles, designed to draw visitors up from the park along zigzagging routes to the rooftop, where panoramic views can be had, with space for 700 people to picnic on its elevated plateau." —critic Oliver Wainwright on the Philharmonie de Paris, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA. [The Guardian]

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Happy belated birthday to Thom Mayne, FAIA, of Los Angeles–based Morphosis, who turned 71 yesterday.

More Stories for Tuesday:

Critic Joan Altabe criticizes Daniel Libeskind, AIA's International Congress Xperience building in Mons, Belgium. [Examiner]

Critic Christopher Hawthorne dissects the contradictory logic of historic preservation in Los Angeles. [Los Angeles Times]

The sprouting of "supertalls" in New York—buildings of 1,000 feet or higher—is causing a host of problems for the city, including a loss of air and sunlight. [The Guardian]

Microcommunities of tiny houses aim to mitigate homelessness in the Pacific Northwest. [BuzzFeed]

Three series of images from London-based photographer Marcus Lyon capture the chaos and congestion of today’s megacities. [Wired]

Cohousing, a typology common in northern Europe, has garnered limited interest in the U.S.—but downsizing baby boomers could help it gain traction. [CityLab]

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.

The Design Talks Institute recognizes alternative ideas for reframing how underutilized spaces can be used in urban environments in its Lost Spaces 2015 competition. Submissions are due March 30.

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