The Smithsonian is reopening in the historic Old Patent Office next summer, without it's controversial courtyard roof, designed by Sir Norman Foster winner of the 1999 pritzker prize. (arguably architecture's highest honor.) Fortunately, the canopy will be built later the in winter 2007. Read the whole story in the Washington Post.
Proposed canopy design by Sir Norman Foster.
Hopefully the canopy will go through, as the American capitol is not known for it's plethora of modern architecture. The canopy could help to reverse the trend of stodgy neo-colonial architecture.