A 176-pound chunk of concrete cladding panel fell from the year-old Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, designed by London-based architect Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA. This is the second instance of large concrete pieces falling from the building since it opened in Oct. 2013. Last year, a chunk of fiberglass-reinforced concrete fell in front of the building's entrance. Nobody was injured in either incident and the building remains open.[Fast Company's Co.Design]

The Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business by Zaha Hadid.
Böhringer Friedrich via Wikimedia Commons The Library and Learning Center at the Vienna University of Economics and Business by Zaha Hadid.


ICYMI: Amsterdam-based Wiel Arets Architects completed the A' House in Tokyo.

Video of the Day: New drone footage of Apple’s forthcoming headquarters, designed by London-based architectNorman Foster, Hon. FAIA. [Hypebeast]

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Seven More Stories for Tuesday:  

Photographs of a 14-story building in Whittier, Alaska, where nearly everyone in the town lives. [The California Sunday Magazine]

The Trulia mobile app now includes the ability to request an Uber to a listing. [HousingWire; h/t UrbanTurf]

A house façade in Melbourne, Australia, says "HELLO." [Slate]

BBC lists exciting building projects to watch in 2015. [BBC]

The feelings caused from smart meters. [The New Yorker]

Predictions for the housing industry in 2015. [NPR]

A profile of Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA. [The New Yorker]

Step Up, Step Down:

Washington, D.C.'s new mayor picked Eric Shaw to lead the city's planning office. Shaw was formerly Salt Lake City's director of community and economic development. [Washington City Paper]

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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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