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December 18, 2015

The Wabash Lights

Chicago in Lights   "Wabash Lights" is a public art project that will add more than 5,000 programmable LED tubes to the underside of the tracks along the two-block stretch of Wabash Avenue between Madison and Monroe. The design team recently got approval from the city’s transit agencies to install a 12-foot-long test version. [ARCHITECT]

Tis the Season to Give Your Time   This year, develop a game plan for giving back. Many architects find fulfillment in providing pro bono design work, but making an impact requires planning, patience, and passion. Here are some tips on how to incorporate pro bono work into a successful practice. [ARCHITECT]

Embracing Equity   The AIA has established a 22-member task force to research and develop recommendations for generating equitable practices in the profession. [ARCHITECT]

Got Lead?   You probably find that you're using pencils less often nowadays, since you do all your work in Revit and all, so the editors over at AIA Architect have a few fun ideas for what to do with those leftover No. 2s. [ARCHITECT]

Awards: Enter Now!

The AIA Committee on the Environment is now accepting submissions for the COTE Top Ten and Top Ten + awards for 2016.  The Top Ten celebrates the most sustainable buildings designed by architects licensed in the U.S. The Top Ten + award is given to a past COTE Top Ten winner who has proven through post-occupancy and time to exceed even its initial lofty expectations. Find out more info and submit your entry today. Deadline for entries is Jan. 19.

AIA|DC is accepting entries for the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward excellent reporting of architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. The annual prize is $5,000. The deadline is Dec. 31.

The 23rd annual Ceramic Tiles of Italy Competition is now open for submissions. If you've used Italian ceramic tiles in a project finished between January 2011 and January 2016, enter it for a chance to win a portion of $15,000 in prizes and one of three trips to Italy. Deadline to enter is Jan. 15, 2016.

The Copper Development Association is accepted submissions for its 9th annual North American Copper in Architecture awards program. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2016.

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