Empire State of Mind: One of the biggest brands to get in on last night's Super Bowl social-media showdown: the Empire State Building. Not only did the skyscraper put on its on halftime show in lights, it also picked the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII well before the end of the 4th quarter. Although you didn't need a stellar view from the top of a skyscraper to see that the game was over as soon as Percy Harvin returned that kick for a touchdown to start the second half. Scroll down to see the tower lit up in Seattle Seahawks colors. [@EmpireStateBldg]

Monday Morning Architecting: Maybe no office is taking the Super Bowl loss worse than the Populous office in Denver. There's bound to be a lot of Broncos fans at a large Denver sports-architecture office, sure. But the Denver Populous office bears a special distinction in the world of professional football. Populous Denver senior principal Jerry Anderson has served as the coordinating architect for the last 29 Super Bowl games. He explains what work that entails. He doesn't say whether he's a Broncos fan, but he was no doubt on hand to watch the office's home team lose. [Denver Business Journal]

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Behind the scenes at M+, the Hong Kong museum devoted to architecture and scheduled to open in 2017. [The Wall Street Journal]

"It may be possible to design spaces that foster or inhibit the growth and accumulation of different microbial taxa in order to promote a healthier indoor microbiome." What. [Gizmodo]

The exhibition, “The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933–1936,” opened at San Francisco’s de Young museum this weekend. [de Young]

Photographs from the 1981 New York City subway. [Time]

Kulapat Yantrasast is designing a new hotel for a site across the street from the Thai architect's Grand Rapids Art Museum. [The Grand Rapids Press]

David Brussat breaks down Witold Rybczynski’s new book, How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit. He reads it through the lens of a humanist or classical architecture apologist; Rybczynski’s neutral posture vis–à–vis classical and modernist work does not impress Brussat. Note: Rybczynski is an ARCHITECT contributor. [The Providence Journal]

Diving into the new Miami Center for Architecture and Design. [Curbed Miami]

A McDonald's designed by Giorgi Khmaladze gets some ArchDaily reader love. [Business Insider]

Filipino landscape architect Ildefonso Paez Santos Jr. has died. [GMA News]

One argument in favor of a National Architecture Gallery for Australia. [The Urbanist]

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