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While David Chipperfield Architects won the competition to design the Nobel Center in Stockholm, two runner-up designs are also worth a look. Here's what might have been: the Room and a Half design by Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor and the Nobel Snowflake design by Wingårdh Arkitektkontor. Read more on the winning entry at ARCHITECT.

Quote of the Day: “Sometimes people don’t know why they like a place. They say, ‘Oh, I love it, it’s very Victorian.’ Or, ‘It’s very countryside.’ ‘No, I think it’s more American — it’s definitely Hamptons.’ ‘No, French—completely French!’ ” says French architect Olivier Marty of Studio KO. “You don’t know where you are exactly, and that’s great, because the moment there’s a name for what you do it can fall out of fashion.” [The New York Times]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists its top 10 favorite cities. Or the ones that generate the most savings through Energy Star, anyway. [EPA]

4 More Stories To Finish Off Friday:

Here’s a fresh look at a chess set as reimagined by architects. [Smithsonian]

Drury University architecture students are trying out Oculus Rift, technology that places a user into a 3D virtual model. [YouTube]

"Too rich, too thin, too tall": Paul Goldberger surveys the emerging skyline in Midtown [Vanity Fair]

Drool over the Berkeley, Calif., home of authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. [Remodelista]

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