ICYMI: Thanks to a $1 million grant by American Express, the oldest remaining structure on the National Mall will be restored, and James Corner Field Operations picked to design Presidio Parklands.

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Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel supports a stricter affordable housing law. [Crain's Chicago Business]

Architects visited Washington, D.C., elementary schools, teaching students about their profession. [The Washington Post]

The finalists in the 2015 Art of the Building Photographer of the Year contest. [BBC]

Ralph Lauren's opening-soon Polo Bar "does not resemble any major restaurant to appear on the Manhattan scene for a generation or so, and that's fine with Mr. Lauren." [The New York Times]

Although the exact cause isn't yet known, some are speculating that Monday's apartment fire in L.A. could have been an "architectural hate crime." [CityLab]

Fuel cells meant to power One World Trade Center were damaged during Hurricane Sandy and, due to financial pressure and a design flaw, have yet to be replaced. [Climate Desk]

"Tears Become… Streams Become…" by Douglas Gordon is an installation at New York's Park Avenue Armory that floods the indoor space with a pool of water. [The New York Times]

Awards: Enter Now!

The AIA's COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + Awards recognize innovative projects that incorporate sustainable design strategies, while educating the profession and the public about the increased value of buildings that protect the environment. Submissions are due Jan. 26.

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