ICYMI: The Architecture Billings Index reported by the AIA stated that December’s index score was 52.2, making it one of the ten months in 2014 that experienced growth.

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Liaoning province, home to the crumbling Sydney Opera House replica, now has another architectural marvel to claim as its own: an ice restaurant. The eatery measures 5.2 meters (17 feet) in diameter and 3.7 meters (12 feet) in height and can seat anywhere from 4 to 10 warmly dressed people.
Zhang Wenkui/AP Images Liaoning province, home to the crumbling Sydney Opera House replica, now has another architectural marvel to claim as its own: an ice restaurant. The eatery measures 5.2 meters (17 feet) in diameter and 3.7 meters (12 feet) in height and can seat anywhere from 4 to 10 warmly dressed people.

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Video of the Day: A “fly-through” of the retractable roof on the Atlanta Falcons’ forthcoming stadium by 360 Architecture, which was recently bought by HOK. [Gizmodo]


More Stories for Wednesday: 

In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined his ambitions for 2015. Among them: lowering carbon emissions, developing a “21st century infrastructure” whose creation would generate jobs, implementing tax reforms, and closing the gender pay gap. [Medium]

In hopes of hosting the 2024 Olympics, Boston has several transit projects on its to-do list. [The Boston Globe]

Michael Hayden’s light sculpture, “Generators of the Cylinder”, dormant since 2008, will flicker back to life during a ceremony on Thursday in Los Angeles. [Los Angeles Times]

A recent survey of more than 10,000 households revealed that energy efficiency is America's top unmet housing concern. [Triple Pundit]

Danish lifestyle brand VIPP has designed contemporary, prefabricated two-story houses with enough room for four people. [Huh]

Six design trends that will impact cities this year. [Fast Company's Co. Design]

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

The Design Talks Insitute recognizes alternative ideas for reframing how underutilized spaces can be used in urban environments in its Lost Spaces 2015 Competition. Submissions are due March 30.

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