ICYMI: Snarkitecture's "The Beach" opens on Saturday, DC Public Library releases the concept design for renovating Mies van der Rohe's only library, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the latest job growth data for the U.S. as well as specifics about jobs in architecture.

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Five More Stories for Friday:

Photographer Kristen Simar captures some of San Francisco's quirkiest buildings on her Instagram. [The Guardian]

After observing how pinecones reacted to rain, Royal College of Art student, Chao Chen, created a building material that is able to change shape according to the weather. [Fast Company's Co.Design]

Designed by Netherlands and Greece-based Open Platform for Architecture (OPA), this conceptual cliffside residence is not ideal for those with a fear of heights. [Designboom]

Detroit's historic Park Avenue hotel will be imploded to make way for the city's Red Wings hockey arena. [The Detroit News]

New York's 30 Rockefeller Plaza has a new name: the Comcast Building. [Bloomberg]

Awards: Enter Now!

An open, international competition has begun for a World War I Memorial on a 1.8-acre site within Washington, D.C.’s Pershing Park. Stage 1 design entries are due July 21.

Registration is open for Blank Space’s new international competition, Dear Architecture. Submissions are due July 24.

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