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Experts Criticize Kremlin-Backed Monastery Restoration

The New Jerusalem Monastery (click photo for larger image)

“Russian experts are warning that unnecessary works and questionable techniques are being used in the restoration of the 17th-century New Jerusalem Monastery near Moscow. They say that the Kremlin-backed, multi-billion-rouble project not only poses a threat to the monument’s preservation, but is diverting funds from other much-needed restoration projects across the country.”



Doghouse Designed By Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Rebuilt for Documentary Film

“But in what is widely considered a first and only for the famed architect, Wright indulged a young boy's humble request for a dog house in 1956 and sent him designs for the structure.”

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Architect Frank Gehry in Front of His New Building

Architect Frank Gehry is seen in front of his latest creation, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)


LAS VEGAS (AP).- Architect Frank Gehry says he wanted a swirling stainless steel structure he designed for Las Vegas to be unique — to stand out from what he called "the cacophony" of high-rise casinos and condos forming the spine of Sin City's sprawl.

Getting his first look at the nearly complete Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, he declared himself satisfied.

It took my breath away," he said. "I like the way it fits. I wasn't trying to compete with the chaos around it."

"I mean, some people may think it's over the top," he added. "I don't think so."

Gehry, now 81, has built his career on shapes and angles all around the world: Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park; Seattle's Experience Music Project; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

"You deliver a unique building that creates a sense of pride, that works, that keeps the rain out, is uplifting, and makes you happy to go to work and live in," he told The Associated Press during an interview and walk around the building this week.

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