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Today’s News - Thursday, March 23, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, March 28.

•   ANN feature: Q&A with NK Architects' Semke re: Passive House architecture being "a potential game changer for buildings' role in the clean energy transition."

•   Adler parses how Trump's budget proposal will impact architects when it comes to housing, transportation, arts, and urbanism: "the real cause for alarm" is not that popular programs might be "zeroed out; rather, it's the president's vision to do so."

•   Even major businesses "set to benefit from Trump's plan to loosen environmental regulations are worried about losing access to EPA data."

•   Hawthorne says every time he "struggled to understand" what a "tiny firm" was trying to say about vying for Trump's wall, "I sank further into the muck" of "rhetorical quicksand" that lays bare "blind spots and half-baked philosophy" that suggests the "ill-advised project can be redeemed."

•   Not much to do with architecture, but the small border town of Los Ebanos, TX, seems to be the first to receive "notices of land condemnation for Trump's border wall - surveying and planning work has already been done" (never mind there's treaty covering floodplain protection).

•   Saffron cheers on Philly's "middle neighborhoods" that may not be trendy, but "they're not blighted messes, either" - they're "poised somewhere between success and failure," and one middle-nabe's effort "is particularly instructive."

•   Robathan has a rather interesting visit with Zumthor re: projects and "the role of emotions in his work": "I love buildings. I want to make buildings which have the capacity to be loved, that's all" (just don't interrupt him).

•   Meanwhile, Zumthor may have thrown a "curve ball" - and "spilled the beans" to Goldberger "about a radical overhaul of his scheme" for LACMA: "The undulating form is not undulating any more."

•   Philip Johnson's "deceptively unassuming" little glass house on Manhattan's East 52nd Street is an "unspoiled minimalist gem" that "doesn't give up its secrets easily" (fab photos by Dean Kaufman!).

•   Salingaros on the state of architecture: "Although he is often frustrated by architects, he hasn't given up on them."

•   Wolf Prix on "how architecture competitions are damaging the industry": "Only the stupid architects are doing it."

•   Call for entries: Harvey Milk Plaza International Design Competition for a fitting tribute to Milk and LGBT civil rights.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths, 1852-2017" at the National Building Museum reflects a time "when we thought mental illness could be cured with architecture."

•   A good time to be in London: Baillieu re: "the battle for No 1 Poultry": "Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling: Circling the Square" at RIBA "has some fascinating insights into ambition, fashion and politics."

•   Buxton "thoroughly recommends" the Design Museum's "Imagine Moscow": it's "architecture on steroids."

•   Wainwright hails "The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945" at the Barbican that "shows how the private house has inspired some of Japan's most extraordinary architecture."

•   "The Japanese House" offers "extraordinary examples" of "some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years" (fab photos!).

•   Kennicott cheers Lesser's "beautifully and engagingly" written "You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn": "while she doesn't let him off the hook, she doesn't indict him either. The results are refreshing."

•   Wolfe's "Seeing the Better City" is "a how-to guide on maintaining a photographic diary," with "case studies of projects that make use of community photography to inform civic debates."

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