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China Wins the Gold

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New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger has named the 10 best new buildings of 2008, but the closest Los Angeles comes to being on the list is in reference to Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences up in SF. Writes Goldberger: "I know, we’ve all begun to tire a bit of Renzo Piano as the savior of American museums, and some of his efforts—such as the Broad Contemporary addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—do little to push the art of architecture forward. But Piano did marvelously in San Francisco, where his elegant steel-and-glass building supports an undulating, fully planted green roof." What else Goldberg likes: Gehry's Art Gallery of Ontario, Herzog and de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium, Norman Foster’s Beijing Airport, Rem Koolhaas' CCTV headquarters, and more. [New Yorker]