- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Prize for Berkeley prof

The National Building Museum will award this year’s Vincent Scully Prize to Christopher Alexander, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

The award will be presented Nov. 5 at the museum.

Mr. Alexander is best known for “A Pattern Language,” a popular book written with the help of his Berkeley colleagues. This how-to guide, published in 1977, reduced the built world down to a practical architectural grammar based on traditional, real-world designs. Its groundbreaking theories influenced the New Urbanism movement of walkable communities in the 1980s.

The museum established the prize 10 years ago to honor architectural historian Vincent Scully, professor emeritus at Yale University. Past winners include Britain’s Prince Charles, National Trust for Historic Preservation president Richard Moe and New York architect Robert A.M. Stern.

Case of amnesia?

In his first public interviews on the subject, R&B singer Chris Brown tells People magazine and CNN’s Larry King that his feelings haven’t changed for Rihanna since the February beating that left her bloody and bruised. “I never fell out of love with her,” he told People.

The interview is scheduled to air on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Compiled by Deborah K. Dietsch, Richard Slusser and Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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