Photos of the Day: The groundbreaking for the new U.S. embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, was held on Monday. The complex, which is slated to be finished in 2017, was designed by Arlington, Va.–based AECOM (design architect) and Spokane, Wash.based Integrus Architecture (architect of record). [U.S. Department of State]

West entry.
U.S. State Department West entry.

Entry pavilion.
U.S. State Department Entry pavilion.

U.S. State Department Gallery.

Quote of the Day: "There is a reasonable argument to be made that an Olympics would be a boon to [Dallas], an opportunity to move forward with transportation and development projects (especially housing) that would be difficult to achieve absent some outside force pushing things along." —Critic Mark Lamster [The Dallas Morning News]

Infographic of the day: The U.S. Census Bureau released an "interactive house" of data from the Survey of Construction. [U.S. Census Bureau]

Charts of the day: And that same data release, in chart form. [The Washington Post]

6 More Stories for Tuesday:

In an effort to preserve the Detroit area's architectural records, archivists have resurfaced the drawings of the late architects William Kessler and Minoru Yamasaki. [Detroit Free Press]

Silicon Valley's Steinberg transformed a senior care facility into a boutique hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Catholic University students re-imagined Washington, D.C., as if the city's skyline was not restricted by the Height Act. [Washingtonian]

The World Cup is right around the corner, but construction on the São Paulo stadium is still incomplete. [The Washington Post]

Construction starts on a Daniel Libeskind, AIA, skyscraper in the Philippines. [Dezeen]

A funeral for a Philadelphia rowhouse. [CityLab]

Step Up, Step Down:

Associate professor Marc Swackhamer will replace Renee Cheng, AIA, as the head of the architecture school at the University of Minnesota. [The University of Minnesota]

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