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Curbed Awards '07: Architecture: The Renderings That Made Us Go Ga-Ga and Gag-Gag

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To honor the insanity that crept into all matters neighborhoodish and real estatey, we present the Second Annual Curbed Awards. This year, the awards will be presented in small batches through Monday. Today, we tackle the year in architecture and this post looks at NOTABLE RENDERINGS--most fantastic, sort of fantastic, and fan-gahh-what-the-fuh?--released in 2007.

We ranked, rated, awarded and thought hard about the renderings that made you all go wow in 2007 and came up with this list of the best Los Angeles had to offer. Hopefully, 2008 will be as generous with the renderings.

10. The "Shameless! They're putting the billboards into the renderings now" Award: Hollywood W's first rendering. [more]

9. The "If Downtown Must Sacrifice An Area, Thanks For Doing It All In One Spot" Award: Downtown's LA Central. [more]

8. The "Don't Build Up, Build Across" Award: One Santa Fe in the the Arts District. [more]

7. The "Neighborhood Colossus" Award: The Wilshire/La Brea mixed-use project. [more]

6. The "Most Likely to Not Look Anything Like This If It Actually Gets Built" Award: Downtown's ParkFifth. [more]

5. The "We Actually Got Excited" Award: Grand Avenue--Ees a coming! [more]

4. The "Same Old, Same Old Award: Pointy glass tower rising above a Box" Award: Downtown's 717 Ninth. [more]

3. The "If NoHo was in China" Award: The $1 billion mixed-use project Noho Wave. [more]

2. "Fly-Away Saran Wrap, Fly Away" Award: 8th and Fig. [more]

1. The "Tower Most Likely to Transform into Megatron and Destroy Downtown in Transformers 2" Award: Downtown's Miracle of Hope Tower. [more]