Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

AECOM and London-based Zaha Hadid Architects unveil the design for Al Wakrah Stadium, home to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Zaha Hadid Architects took inspiration from a "dhow," a traditional Arabian pearl fishing boat. [Construction News]

BMW launches a competition yesterday involving architects and urban planners to design the Research and Innovation Center (FIZ) of about one million square meters (10,763,910 square feet) in Munich. [FIZ Future]

U.S. Green Building Council and UL Environment announce strategic partnership centered on building materials, product transparency, and occupant health and safety. The partnership is the first of its kind in the building and certification industry. [The Sacramento Bee]

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) releases draft recommendations on changes to the D.C. Height Act. The NCPC, which formerly opposed changing the 100-year old law, says height restrictions may be eased outside the downtown core. [The Washington Post]

The JFK Memorial designed by Phillip Johnson and erected in 1970.
Courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Wikimedia Commons The JFK Memorial designed by Phillip Johnson and erected in 1970.

Amidst the media commemorations of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, critic Mark Lamster calls the JFK Memorial in downtown Dallas a "pathetic tableau." A ceremony on Friday will reveal the latest addition to the memorial, a plaque marked with the concluding words of the speech JFK was set to give upon arrival in Trade Mart. [The Dallas Morning News]

Architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright says that Rem Koolhaas' latest in Rotterdam, Netherlands "looks like someone has sliced up the drawings and stuck them on the horizon—but not put the pieces back together quite right." [The Guardian]

Florence, Italy-based Archea designs a sculptural new headquarters for the Italian winemaker Antinori. [Condé Nast Traveler]

Design collective Numen/For Use created an inflatable "bouncy castle for adults." [Wired]

One of these five chair designs will end up in Battery Park. [The New York Times]

The "world's greenest building," Co-operative Group headquarters, opens in Manchester, UK . The building received the highest score ever in its Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating system. [Earth Techling]

A 54-word blurb on a new local Agricultural Awareness and Preservation Museum coming to Blissfield, Ohio, will be designed by Rhode Island-based Friedrich St. Florian, alright, but St. Florian is the architect behind the National World War II Memorial—not the World War II Museum. [The Blade]

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