Bridge All Aglow: In March of 2013, "The Bay Lights" lighting installation opened on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The Bay Area Toll Authority voted on Wednesday in support of a plan to make the two-year installation a permanent fixture. But not everyone is a fan. On Tuesday, San Francisco Chronicle's architecture critic John King wrote: "The discrepancy hits at the awkwardness of treating the region's most robust work of architectural engineering as nothing more than a canvas, a canvas for the visual equivalent of background music. There's no inherent relation to the site and no real kinship with the structure." [San Francisco Chronicle]

ICYMI: The American Institute of Architects announced five of its annual honor awards, including Gold Medal and Firm of the Year.

Tweet of the Day:

Chart of the Day: The concentration of Millennials compared to the percentage of housing that they can afford, broken down by city. [The Washington Post]

Six More Stories for Thursday:

A 1905 Chicago firehouse-turned-restaurant caught fire on Wednesday. The firehouse also appeared in the 1991 film "Backdraft." [Chicago Tribune]

Construction on an underground Seattle tunnel has been stalled for a year and continues to face setbacks. [The New York Times]

San Francisco–based firm Anderson Anderson Architecture designed a portable, "energy positive" classroom in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. [Wired]

Critic John King's architecture-book gift guide. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Critic Oliver Wainwright's top 10 design highlights of the year. [The Guardian]

Architect and professor Roger Lewis, FAIA, says affordable housing design doesn't have to be bland. [The Washington Post]

Step Up, Step Down:

CannonDesign has acquired Pittsburgh-based Astorino, and will launch a design-build division. [CannonDesign]

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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