Businesses looking for clarity on what they can and cannot do with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) now have it, thanks to new operational rules for commercial UAV use announced this week by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The rules cover UAVs, also known as drones, weighing less than 55 pounds and deployed for non-hobbyist purposes (rules for small hobbyist drones came down last year). Although companies, particularly in the AEC sector, have been employing drones for tasks such as aerial site photography and surveillance, the absence of enforceable rules meant that each use case had to be individually registered and approved, a tedious process that many felt stifled innovation. Among the new rules, which mirror the requirements the FAA had established for reviewing the individual cases: the drone must be kept in the operator’s line of sight while in flight; it can be flown 30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset if it is illuminated; and it can carry loads so long as the weight of the drone plus its cargo does not exceed 55 pounds. The rules also address height and speed restrictions. [IEEE Spectrum + FAA + ARCHITECT]

ICYMI: A look inside the New Lab, a multidisciplinary design–tech fabrication and manufacturing space in Brooklyn, N.Y. [ARCHITECT]

Columbus, Ohio, bested more than 70 other mid-size U.S. cities to win the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City challenge. It will use the $40 million in federal grant money for infrastructure improvements to meet the needs of its rapidly growing population. [The Verge]

A deep-dive into efforts by homebuilding industry groups to block a key safety improvement being written into residential building codes across the U.S.: sprinklers. [ProPublica]

The Cavaliers’ win on Sunday in game seven of the NBA finals brought the city its first major sports championship in half a century—as well as an unprecedented surge in public transit ridership and subsequent delays as Clevelanders headed downtown to celebrate. [CityLab]

Bend, gastify, clarify. The art of making neon signs. [Wired]

Tesla’s acquisition of the photovoltaics-installer-turned-utility SolarCity reveals a recent partnership between the two clean-energy companies. [The New York Times]

If navigating New York's Penn Station isn't enough to spike your blood pressure, a thrill ride proposed for the site that drops riders down a helix in near free fall just might. The concept design is among the onslaught of plans and proposals emerging from the recent push to make the transportation hub a destination for more than just weary commuters. [Gizmag]