Are you ready for some football? Those of you fantasy football players up against the team in your league captained by Peyton Manning may not be all that excited about it after last night's performance. For readers who don't know fantasy football from fantasy novels, let's focus on the design—specifically, the forthcoming Vikings Stadium, which passed a key legal hurdle this week.
Designed by the sports division of HKS Design, the 1.6 million-square-foot stadium will be capable of hosting more sports events than any other large stadium in the world, according to the Vikings—from football to soccer, baseball, basketball, motocross, even marching-band competitions. The new building boasts the lightest roof structure in the nation for a new stadium, featuring a single large steel super truss that will support the long span roof. And for those keeping score (engineers? Vikes fans?), the building will also enjoy the largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof in the country, the first of its kind at a stadium. Construction on the stadium begins in October.
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's pro-bike policies are benefiting cabbies. [ The New York Times]
"It’s a Kia. A Kia and a Cadillac do the same thing." —A New York state legislator comparing two firms' entries to design a prison for Herkimer County. [ Utica Observer-Dispatch]
Elon Musk is Tony Stark. [ Tech Crunch]
A pair of $670,000 copper-plated doors installed at the Illinois state Capitol "got slammed repeatedly Thursday as the gaudy and controversial showpieces triggered a new round of finger-pointing in the 2014 race for governor." Metaphor! [ Chicago Sun-Times]
Tatian Berger joins the NewSchool of Architecture and Design as an associate professor of architecture. [ Digital Journal]
A Cold War–era home built 26 feet underground could be yours for $1.7 million. [ Messy Nessy Chic]
Outsiders revitalized New Orleans, and it will be the same set that saves Detroit. [ Pacific Standard]
London's Architecture Foundation is getting worked up about the "clash of culture and commerce" and the growth of privately controlled public spaces. [ Londonist]
Book a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin Civic Center as it celebrates turning 50. [ Patch]