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Today’s News - Thursday, March 9, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 14.

•   Rao talks to a handful of Chicago's women architects re: mentorship, firm culture, and how "career pinch points demonstrate markers that signal a decline in female practitioners."

•   Google presents BIG and Heatherwick's latest designs for its new California HQ, which had to be completely reworked - "as yet there has been no mention of robot construction" (no more transparent canopy-roof, either).

•   Google "didn't face an ounce of pushback" from Mountain View City Council or residents: "This is a project that other cities would die for."

•   Angelinos "resoundingly defeated" Measure S, "dealing a death-blow to the region's nascent NIMBY movement," and approved Measure H to fund transitional and supportive housing.

•   The Dubai Frame may be "a totem of Dubai's ambitions," but "it may also be counterfeit" - the architect who won the competition to design it is suing over copyright infringement (good luck with that).

•   Budds begs us to stop calling buildings "The Death Star": It "has become a crutch to describe modern spaces we don't like" (and most bear no resemblance).

•   With being named BD's Architect of the Year, Reiach and Hall is in the midst of "something of a purple patch" + Young Architect of the Year Award: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt (and a lot more winners).

•   Call for entries: EOI: National Trust Clandon Park International Design Competition to revive a fire-ravaged, 18th-century Palladian house in south-east England + Brexit passport international design competition (this sounds fun!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Freeman considers the uncertain future of U.S.-Cuba relations as seen in "¡Cuba!" at the American Museum of Natural History: "This feel-good exhibition serves to reinforce the stark disconnect between popular U.S. perception and contemporary Cuban reality" (might Trump be dreaming of "Make Cuba Ours Again"?).

•   Wainwright cheers "Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square" at RIBA, London: "When No 1 Poultry finally opened in 1998, it seemed even more ridiculous than Mies's 1960s slab had done in the 80s" ("colorful glee" included).

•   Self parses Mies's plans: was it "the best building London never had?"

•   Ciampaglia parses Mecanoo's "A Legacy of Mies and King," a documentary about its efforts to modernize D.C.'s central library, but "more interesting is the insight into Houben's investigation and interrogation of the dual legacies bound up in the building."

•   Schittich takes us on a tour of "The Architect's Studio: Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio" at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which "proves to be the ideal place for a presentation of this very sensual architect" (but with barely a mention of his partner Lu Wenyu - tsk tsk).

•   Gendall has a great time tooling around "Mirage," Aitken's "mind-bending" ranch house clad entirely in mirrors in Palm Springs (open 'til midnight when there's a full moon!).

•   "Visual chaos" in Manhattan is putting it mildly: "Toilet Paper Paradise" is "as eccentric as it sounds" (dubbed "Mad Men on acid" - with pix to prove it!).

•   Garner cheers Lesser's "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn": while it's not the first Kahn biography, "it is notable for its warm, engaged, literate tone and its psychological acuity."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan gives thumbs-up to Ponzini and Nastasi's "Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities": the "hero shot can be pretty boring. And a little misleading. Dirt, puppies, traffic, bad weather, and imperfect people are the architecture."

•   Budds brings us "Brutalist Paris," a new map of of the city's iconic Brutalist buildings that "charts the city's uneasy relationship with the style."

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