Designing Women. A short list of books you should pick up, by and about women in architecture.
Learning From Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour and Denise Scott Brown. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas (and never goes to Chicago for a Pritzker…)
Death and Life of the Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. Especially salient for anyone who lives in New York City.
Enric Mirailles Benedetta Tagliabue: Work in Progress by EMBT. When Mirailles died, Tagliabue (a Paperhouses partner architect!) was left to complete 11 projects with varying reactions to her solo endeavor as a woman.
MAPS by Paula Scher. The Pentagon managing partner started painting large-scale information-guided maps (this is before tag clouds and infographics were trendy), to counter the soul-sucking weight of high-priced design for corporate multinationals. Her solution to the burden is itself staggering.