the world's modern architectural wonders
This month's Conde Nast Traveler lists the "new seven wonders of the architecture world." They are:
• Cumulus, an exhibit hall at Danfoss Universe, a science and technology museum in Nordborg, Denmark. The building has an irregular roof, all curves and angles.
• Burj Dubai, above, the world's tallest building, which is under construction in the Middle East and is already more than 1,700 feet tall. The final height is a secret but its developer has previously said it will stop somewhere above 2,275 feet and will exceed 160 floors.
• London's new Wembley Stadium, which seats 90,000 with no obstructed sight lines. A massive 436-foot-tall, 1,000-foot-long single arch braces the retractable roof. The stadium will be a centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics.
• New Museum of Contemporary Art, designed to resemble an off-kilter stack of silvery rectangles, located on the Bowery on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
• Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is a curved roof made from a patterned grid of glass and steel above shallow pools in the courtyard of the Old Patent Office Building, also known as the Reynolds Center and home to the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
• Red Ribbon, Tanghe River Park, in Qinhuangdao, China, about 180 miles east of Beijing, a steel bench that runs a third of a mile through a riverbank garden and ecological oasis.
• The Crystal, a controversial new entryway and exhibit space at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, whose sharp, even jagged angles have not been universally loved by the locals. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind.
Celebrate spring indoors
Here are a few recently opened shows at museums across the country.
• At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., through June 15, "In the Public Eye: Photography and Fame," highlights the roots of celebrity photography, from baseball card-size photos of Sojourner Truth to Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth and Rene Magritte;
www.nelson-atkins.org or (816) 751-1278.
• At the Cincinnati Art Museum, through May 21, "Rembrandt: Three Faces of the Master," includes a Rembrandt self-portrait from the Louvre; www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org or toll-free 1-877-472-4226.
• At the Cincinnati Museum Center, through Sept. 14, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian called "Freedom's Sisters," showcases black women in civil rights; www.
cincymuseum.org or toll-free 1-800-733-2077.
• At the Dallas Museum of Art, through July 20, "Bluebonnets and Beyond: Julian Onderdonk, American Impressionist" features more than 90 works by the Texas landscape painter; www.dallasmuseumofart.org or (214) 922-1200.
Amelia Island inn tours
The Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association has planned three new open-house walking tours in 2008.
• Starting May 10, the House and Garden Tour will give guests a close-up view of some of Amelia Island's hidden gardens. To be held the day before Mother's Day, the House and Garden Tour will showcase the inns' flowering gardens, period architecture and unique decorating schemes.
• The second event, the Fall Decorating Tour, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. Tourgoers can draw inspiration for holiday table decorating from the inns, from fall-themed table settings to pumpkins on the porches.
• The third event, the Holiday Cookie Tour, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 22. Participants can sample cookies served at the inns.
Tickets for the tours are $20 each or $45 for the series and will be available beginning in April at any of the seven inns and the Chamber of Commerce Gateway office. For more information, go to www.ameliaislandinns.com.
Underground Railroad sites
Ohio's Division of Tourism has joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in promoting Underground Railroad sites across the state.
The Web site, www.passagetofreedomohio.com, and a series of kiosks to be placed across Ohio will help people plan tours of Underground Railroad locations.
The first three kiosks will be in Oberlin, Zanesville and Ripley, and three more sites are to be added later this year. They will have downloadable maps listing attractions, restaurants, lodging and regional points of interest.
Compiled from Times wires