Photo of the Day: Building Collapse in Harlem

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Two Buildings Fall, Seven Die in Explosion: A gas leak sparked an explosion that brought down two buildings between E. 116th and E. 117th Streets along Park Avenue in New York, killing at least seven people and injuring many more. “This is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people," said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference. Authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a cause. [Capital New York]

Number of the Day—11,000,000: When a Smithsonian Institution researcher discovered fossils unearthed by the expansion of the Pan-American Highway in Chile in 2011, he discovered a rare ancient dolphin species as well as whale skeletons that are 11 million years old. Because the site was threatened by construction and fossils needed to be moved from their context, Smithsonian researches swooped in to 3D-scan the entire dig. From the scans, scientists were able to determine that toxic algae blooms resulted in the mass whale die-off. [Smithsonian Magazine


Cooler still, the Smithsonian plans to 3D-print and display one 26-foot-long fossilized whale replica at the National Museum for Natural History later this year. [Mashable]

Five More Stories Driving the Day:

1. Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, discusses the upcoming exhibition: “This time it will be about architecture, not architects," he says. [The Guardian]

2. Unless it’s reinvented, the typical American mall will be “a historical anachronism” in 10–15 years, predicts Rick Caruso, the CEO of Caruso Affiliated, one of the largest privately held U.S. real-estate companies. The future of the mall certainly doesn’t look good; there’s already a website dedicated to their demise. [The New Yorker]

3. The New York City subway has been in operation for 110 years and, according to amNewYork writer Cristian Salazar, the design hasn’t seen much change. [amNewYork]

4. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted in favor of a “minor change” in D.C.’s Height Act. [UrbanTurf]

5. What hashtags mean in context when they’re not used for new media. [Pitchfork]

Infographic of the Day: How much square footage $1 million buys you in different U.S. cities. [Business Insider

Step Up, Step Down:

The Commission of Fine Arts granted permission for DC Water’s construction of a 175-foot water tower on the east campus of St. Elizabeth Hospital, but did not approve the concept design’s mesh enclosure. [Washington Business Journal]

Ziegler Cooper Architects announced a slew of new promotions—all of them women. Ashley Fridell (associate); Leanna Gatlin, AIA (senior associate); Heather Griffin (senior associate); Dawna Houchin, AIA (senior associate); Samantha Jander (associate); Michelle Kerstein (associate principal); Dallas McIngvale (associate); Niki Shirley (HR generalist); and Betza Vega Smith (accounting manager). [Ziegler Cooper]

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Note: We updated this post to reflect the most current information available on the building collapse in Harlem.