ICYMI: November's Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is 50.9. The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground signed a 5.5 year lease for the empty streetcar tunnels in Washington, D.C.

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Tweet of the Day: A water main break caused flooding in Washington, D.C.'s Metro system.

Seven More Stories for Wednesday:

Chicago's Chris Enck bought a house—designed by John Van Bergen, a Frank Lloyd Wright associate—for $10, but the purchase does not include the land beneath it. The cost of purchasing a parcel of land and a new foundation, installing the heating, plumbing, and electrical systems, and updating the kitchen and bathrooms will total $500,000. [Crain's Chicago Business]

Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which reforms the contracting process for federal design/build projects—a piece of legislation that AIA has been leading for years. [AIA]

The 1970 Mario Ciampi–designed Berkeley Art Museum building, "the Bay Area's most emphatic example of Brutalism," closes on Sunday. The museum will move to a new structure, designed by New York's Diller Scofidio & Renfro and local firm EHDD, set to open in 2016. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Time, Inc. sold Sunset magazine's campus in Menlo Park, Calif., which includes buildings by Cliff May. [The New York Times]

The D.C. Council is voting today for the last time on a $300 million deal for the new D.C. United stadium. [WAMU]

A renovation of a 1926 San Francisco garage includes a parametrically designed façade. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Central Saint Martin's university’s original building, now Saint Martin's Lofts, are now on the market starting at £4.5 million. Interior design firm 19 Greek Street was responsible for fitting out the show apartment, featuring "unique design pieces with an emphasis on resourcefulness." [Huh.]

Step Up, Step Down:

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, the 2014 AIA president and executive director for the Virginia Center for Architecture, will replace John Braymer, Hon. AIA, as executive vice president and CEO of the Virginia Society of the AIA. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

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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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