Sky Garden Perspective:The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright reviews the Walkie-Talkie's Sky Garden, which opened this week. [The Guardian]

London's Tower 42, Heron Tower, the Leadenhall Building (nicknamed the Cheesegrater), and 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie-Talkie) in London in October 2014.
Anthony Devlin/PA Wire via Associated Press London's Tower 42, Heron Tower, the Leadenhall Building (nicknamed the Cheesegrater), and 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie-Talkie) in London in October 2014.

ICYMI: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will speak at the AIA Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Danish architect group COBE picked to design a new Adidas headquarters in Germany, California broke ground on a high-speed rail from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and Nest Labs adds 15 more brands to its developer program.

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Quote of the Day: "Architecture is suffering a crisis of confidence. More and more mainstream figures in the field are admitting that the profession has lost its way." —Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society. [Forbes]

Five More Stories for Wednesday:

Monthly television program "CNN Ones to Watch" will feature British architect David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA. [CNN]

The New York Times on the controversy surrounding Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA's Tokyo Olympic Stadium. [The New York Times]

A modern wood and steel mailbox. [Design Milk]

The University of Chicago released the two sites it is proposing for the Obama presidential library. [Chicago Tribune]

Newport, R.I.'s Zoning Board of Review approved the construction of a visitors' center at the famous Vanderbilt Mansion, otherwise known as the Breakers. [The New York Times]

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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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