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Despite 3 years of community input and redesign, BIG’s plans for the new Smithsonian Institution Campus Master Plan in Washington, D.C., has been met with skepticism from the Commission of Fine Arts, one of the two federal agencies charged with approving the plan. According to the Washington Post, the backlash comes from a sense that the plan is still too invasive on existing beloved features, such as the Enid A. Haupt Garden, and doesn’t take enough advantage of existing but underused facilities including the Arts and Industries Building. “It’s perplexing. There are many innovative, one might say brilliant ideas. But my principal dilemma is why build a new visitor center when you have thousands of square feet next door,” said commission member Alex Krieger, in reference to the Arts and Industries Building. “It’s sad that you’re punting on this building, including its possible use as a visitor’s center.” View more View full description
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