Credit: Courtesy of OMA; photography by Ossip van Duivenbode
Courtesy of OMA; photography by Ossip van Duivenbode

OMA finished De Rotterdam yesterday in the Netherlands city. [Project Gallery]

Courtesy of Levi Sanford Media via Flickr

Architect Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA, accepted the Governor's Historic Preservation Award for 2013 at the California State Capitol yesterday for her work with the Centenary Restoration of the Huntington Japanese House in L.A. The Japanese House won five additional preservation awards this year. [PR Newswire]

Slate writer Will Oremus discusses the feasibility of building a 300 mph floating train that could travel from New York to D.C. [Slate]

Comedian Jon Stewart discusses the interpretation many critics have expressed about the Qatar World Cup stadium. This is not the first time buildings have been designed like anatomical parts and not the first time Jon Stewart has cracked jokes about architecture. In true Jon Stewart fashion, both clips are NSFW. [Hulu]

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) predicts that the decision the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee makes in the next month about the D.C. Height Act will be a compromise between the proposals of NCPC and the D.C. Office of Planning. [Roll Call]

Students in Germany, led by London-based FleaFolly Architects, built a model city inspired by Grimms' fairy tales. [Wired]

Retail giants like Walgreens and Whole Foods are retrofitting their stores with new lighting systems. A Walgreens store in Arizona is expecting 43 percent energy and maintenance savings after conducting a pilot project, installing high-performance skylights and replacing lighting fixtures with LED. A Whole Foods store in Raleigh, N.C. experimented with daylighting and other sustainable measures, resulting in almost 50 percent savings in lighting energy. [GreenBiz]

Green designs result in "net zero" architecture around the globe, including Sydney, Austrailia's Central Park towers featuring an on-site tri-generation plant and the biggest membrane bioreactor (MBR) recycled water facility in the world. Architects and landscape designers from Sydney, London, Paris, and Copenhagen came together to create this mixed-use development, set to be Australia's greenest urban village when completed next year. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

New renderings for 160 Imlay Street in Red Hook released. [Curbed NY]

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