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Today’s News - Thursday, April 21, 2016

EDITOR"S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, April 26. And don't forget to celebrate Earth Day (full moon included!) on Saturday - and every day!

•   Erlanger explores the road forward for ZHA: "it is falling to Patrik Schumacher to pick up the pieces: keep the staff together, the work flow strong and the clients happy. Even more, he must step forward to give Zaha Hadid Architects a new identity."

•   Stratigakos considers why "architecture remains a tough profession for women to crack. After more than a century, it really shouldn't still be this way."

•   Baillieu outlines five reasons why the Panama Papers "raise questions for architects, too. Greater transparency is good news for the profession - but not necessarily in the way you might think."

•   More than 150 U.S. architects hope to collaborate with their Cuban counterparts as part of joint effort to save Old Havana.

•   ShoP's proposed 73-story supertall proposed in Downtown Brooklyn gets the green light.

•   Eyefuls (by Baan) of OMA's "striking" Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, set to open in June.

•   A striking shortlist of eight "celebrated and emerging architecture practices" in the running for the Art Mill waterfront cultural district in Doha, Qatar.

•   A (great) Q&A with Shigeru Ban re: "how permanence has become temporary in architecture, how temporary can sometimes become permanent, and what the responsibility of the designer is to help make a better world."

•   Davidson waxes poetically (and technically) about how NYC's new LED streetlights "are robbing nighttime of its romance. The firelight yellow of sodium-vapor streetlights is giving way to the clinical pallor of light-emitting diodes" (but there is good news).

•   In honor of Earth Day: Thorpe cheers a U.K. company that "has developed a prefabricated deep retrofit kit that aims to get homes to Passivhaus standard."

•   The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launches an initiative that "could break new ground for urban nature research in other biodiversity hotspots" (useful to urban planning, too!).

•   Call for entries: 2016 Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Welton cheers "The House that Modernism Built" at Botta's Bechtler Museum in Charlotte, NC, that "looks not just at modernism in all its manifestations from 1920 to 1980, but also at how design affects our daily lives today."

•   In Frankfurt, "Between the sun and the moon - Studio Mumbai - The rediscovery of Indian handcraft" explores how and why the firm has "captured the hearts and minds of many with their tactile, immaculately executed works."

•   Paletta gives thumbs-up to Stratigakos's "Where Are the Women Architects?" - an "excellent primer if you already are concerned about the topic - but especially if you are not."

•   Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Calder's "Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism": it "will please both its aficionados and those who find it hard to love - a readable, informative, if sometimes eccentric, account for those drawn towards these ex-monstrosities, and for those who wonder what it's all about."

•   TCLF releases an oral history of Harriet Pattison, who "reveals how she approached her work, life, and Louis Kahn," just in time for a Pattison exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

•   "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes" explores "the ways mass incarceration affects the country's physical and social spaces" - definitely something to check out "if you love probing documentaries and hate prisons."

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