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Architects Herzog & DeMeuron Design Costumes and Sets for the Metropolitan Opera's Production of Attila.
The architecture team of Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics “Bird’s Nest” stadium, on the left), has ventured into new territory with the design of costumes and scenery for the production of Giuseppe Verdi's Attila. “Our approach is to stay very close to the descriptions supported by Verdi: destruction, rubble, lagoon, forest, darkness—all in a very naturalistic way,” explain Herzog & de Meuron.  Attila is being performed through March, 2010.  Learn more about the opera and see a video of Jacques Herzog discussing the project at

The Morgan Library and Museum's
Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
Opens in New York, April 2, 2010
Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey features thirty-one original Palladio drawings from the Royal Institute of British Architects. These exquisite drawings, which were exhibited only once before in America and never in New York, will be on view to the public for the first time in over thirty years.         Andrea Palladio, Design for the Facade of a Villa,
Royal Institute of British Architects, London.
They are being presented with rare architectural texts to illustrate the journey from Italy to North America of Palladio's design principles of proportion, harmony, and beauty. Numerous architectural models will also be included in the exhibition. Three large examples—the Pantheon, Villa Rotunda, and Jefferson's unrealized design for the White House—programmatically illustrate the journey from Rome to America. Smaller models along with rare architectural texts and pattern books, through which Palladio's ideas were primarily transmitted, reinforce the themes of the exhibition. The exhibition will run through August 1, 2010.  For more information go to www.themorgan.org.
Northern Spain's Roman Tower of Hercules Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

On June 27, 2009, the Tower of Hercules was added to UNESCO'S World Heritage List. This important Roman monument and site join the World Heritage List of 890 properties.  These properties form part of the cultural and natural heritage that the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.
The Tower of Hercules is the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse that is still used for maritime signaling. It is testimony to the elaborate system of navigation in antiquity and it provides an understanding of the Atlantic sea route in Western Europe. The Tower of Hercules was restored in the 18th century in an exemplary manner, which has protected the central core of the original Roman monument while restoring its technical functions.
The Tower of Hercules has served as a lighthouse and landmark at the entrance of La Coruña harbor in northwestern Spain since the late 1st century AD when the Romans built the Farum Brigantium. The Tower, built on an 187 ft high high rock, rises a further 180 feet. It is divided into three progressively smaller levels, the first of which corresponds to the Roman structure of the lighthouse. Immediately adjacent to the base of the tower, is a small rectangular Roman building. The site also features a sculpture park, the Monte dos Bicos rock carvings from the Iron Age and a Muslim cemetery. The Roman foundations of the building were revealed in excavations conducted in the 1990s. Many legends from the Middle Ages to the 19th century surround the Tower of Hercules which is unique as it is the only lighthouse of Greco-Roman antiquity to have retained a measure of structural integrity and functional continuity.