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The Week in Social: Zaha Hadid and the Error That Won't Go Away; Stunning Architecture Photography; and More

Welcome to Curbed's new weekly round-up of architecture and design on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and (god forbid) even LinkedIn. Collected from retweets, intra-office chats, and, well, anything that sent us into a 140-character tizzy, this is what Curbed editors actually read last week. Please be in touch if you have a recommendation for next week.

#EttoreSottsass for #Archizoom 1965

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The glorious Instagram feed of architect Rafael De Cárdenas deserves more recognition, so here goes! Here, De Cárdenas 'grammed a photo of work by Ettore Sottsass circa 1965. If you're not familiar with Sottsass, you should be, and we have a primer for that.

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Though it may sound like Harry Potter/architecture buff fan-fic, Zaha Hadid and the Error That Won't Go Away is the real tale of a bit of false information disseminated by New York Review of Books architecture critic Martin Filler last summer. The word was that "many migrant workers died" building the stadium Hadid designed for the Qatar World Cup in 2022. (Many migrant workers had died in Qatar, just not while working on the stadium.) Filler came under (hot, litigious) fire from Hadid—after Hadid stated the claim was "false and defamatory." In a recent tweet, Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange points out that the New York Times has resurfaced this erroneous statement, quoting it as fact in a recent story about Le Corbusier's politics. Though at the time of this writing, the error has been corrected, it just goes to show how long-lasting (and effecting!) rumors can be.

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Chicago's beleaguered but beloved Marina City was granted preliminary landmark status! Read the full story here, and revel in the glory of this historic photo of Bertrand Goldberg, the landmark's architect, with a model of Marina City, circa 1960.


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PieterJan Mattan, a co-founder and creative director of online design-y things retailer Bezar.com, spent some time last week at the Morgan Library and Museum and snapped this shot of the institution's famed rainbow stained glass panels. The place is still the perfect balance of elegant loveliness and whimsy, we see.

Drinks and color blocking at the Morgan with Spencer Finch earlier tonight.

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Architectural photographer Iwan Baan brought his signature aerial photography to Corning, New York, where he turned his lens on the Corning Museum of Glass which this year unveiled a new contemporary art and design wing. It's a sight to behold.

Over the campus of the @corningmuseum of glass #CMOG

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Work is well under way on David Adjaye's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and we're getting pretty excited. Apparently, we're not the only ones. Cooper Hewitt director Caroline Baumann tweeted this preview of the intricate cast-aluminum panels that will make up the building's facade. It's slated to open in 2016.

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And, on a final note of beauty, Metropolitan Museum of Art associate curator for architecture Beatrice Galilee posted this lovely photo of light pouring into the Pantheon from its famous oculus. Just perfect.

Just magical.

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