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12.28.2012
Top of 2012> The Year in Design Criticism
A critical roundup of some of the best new architecture in 2012.
The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
Michael Moran

Architecture critics have been busy this year, weighing in on a variety of new projects from coast to coast, from new public spaces in Los Angeles, to starchitecture in the Midwest, to institutional additions on the East Coast, like Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's dramatic new art museum in Philly. Take a look back at some of 2012's biggest new projects reviewed in the pages of The Architect's Newspaper.

Crit> The Barnes Foundation

Thomas de Monchaux on Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects' new art museum in Philadelphia, contending with its Beaux Arts neighbors on a boulevard fit for Napoleon.

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Crit> MOCA Cleveland

Stephanie Murg reviews Farshid Moussavi's audacious American debut.

 
 

 

Crit> Yale University Art Gallery

Jayne Merkel surveys Ennead's museum expansion in New Haven.

 
 

 

Crit> McCarren Park Pool Renovation

Rogers Marvel's $50 million renovation restores dignity to a Moses-era pool.

 

 

Crit> Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Julie V. Iovine considers Renzo Piano's Julie V. Iovine considers Renzo Piano's "near impossible architectural challenge" in Boston.

 
 

 

Crit> The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Sarah F. Cox asks if Zaha Hadid can make Michigan State University a cultural destination.

 
 

 

Crit> Surgical Strike

Michael W. Folonis Architects designs a light-filled Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center for UCLA in Santa Monica.

 

 

Crit> LA's Grand Park

The renovated public space, by Rios Clementi Hale, is an important step for a city shedding its old ways.

 
 

 

Crit> Adjaye's DC Libraries

Two new libraries by David Adjaye push accessibility, transparency, and sense of ownership to the forefront.

 
 

 

Crit> LCT3

Thomas de Monchaux on H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture's addition to the Lincoln Center.

 

 

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