With the announcement that New York is still in the running to host the 2012 Olympics, more details about the proposed Jets Stadium on the West Side were revealed. The new stadium will "feature wind turbines and solar collector tubes to generate much of its own electricity and hot water," situated between 11th and 12th Avenues, between 30th and 33rd Streets. Architect William Pedersen, of Kohn Pedersen Fox, said of the stadium's grid design, which is different from the usual circular or oval stadium design, "It should feel as if it's very much connected into this particular place, and as opposed to a stadium simply looking as if it could be anywhere, like a UFO landing from space."

Gothamist gets what Pederson is saying, but U.F.O.'s aren't bad: Think about the Guggenheim, both in NY and Bilbao. Another urban building that looks like nothing else around it might seems amazing: The new Seattle Public Library, which Rem Koolhaas and OMA designed. If you're in Seattle after the opening (May 23), architectural tours start on June 5. Check out Herbert Muschamp's review of the building that breaks greg.org's streak of hating Muschamp, for crying out loud.

Gothamist on the billion dollar stadium.