ICYMI: The D.C. Public Library decides against adding three floors to the Mies-designed Martin Luther King Jr. Library; ARCHITECT interviews AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA; and London-based Gravity rolled out a digital modeling kit that uses Legos.

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Here's a video of what that building will look like.

Quote of the Day: "How did I become an architect? It was all a happy accident." —The late writer Ray Bradbury penned an essay a few years ago in which he called himself "the world's only accidental architect." The Paris Review published that essay for the very first time. It also appears in Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Sam Weller (Melville House, 2014), published last month. [The Paris Review]

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Four More Stories for Friday:

Critic Philip Kennicott reviews the Bjarke Ingels Group exhibition at the National Building Museum. [The Washington Post] Associate editor Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA, reviewed the exhibition for ARCHITECT.

The average privately owned commercial building in Washington, D.C., performed better than three-quarters of similar buildings nationwide, according to data published this week by the district’s Department of the Environment. [Institute for Market Transformation]

A real estate developer painted an Arizona house in Seattle Seahawks colors. [Curbed National]

New York has the most ambitious affordable housing plan in the country—and it can't even supply a fraction of the city's housing demand. [Slate]

Step Up, Step Down:

Washington, D.C.–based Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey promoted Stephan Vlach, AIA, to senior associate and Gayle Kirchmar to associate. Craig Kollosch joined the firm as director of information technology.

Los Angeles–based Johnson Fain promoted David Alpaugh to principal; Kersu Dalal, Assoc. AIA and James Donaldson, AIA, to associate principal; and Steve Chung, Assoc. AIA, to senior associate.

Awards: Enter Now!

The Radical Innovation Awards recognize innovative ideas that impact the hospitality industry. Contestants may submit their next big hotel concept from Feb. 2 to March 31.

The 2015 Washington Unbuilt Awards Program recognizes unbuilt theoretical and commissioned projects. Submissions are due Feb. 23.

The Design Talks Institute recognizes alternative ideas for reframing how underutilized spaces can be used in urban environments in its Lost Spaces 2015 competition. Submissions are due March 30.