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Architecture’s Ten Best of 2008

Paul Goldberger, architecture critic over at the New Yorker lists his top ten buildings of 2008. Out of curiosity, I collected links to pictures/descriptions of all of them: Herzog and de Meuron’s extraordinary Olympic Stadium, Norman Foster’s Beijing Airport, the headquarters of CCTV, the Chinese television network, by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren (the official CCTV writeup with renderings), the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, by Renzo Piano, the New Museum, on the Bowery in New York, by SANAA Architecture, Art Gallery of Ontario, the new Cathedral of Christ the Light, in Oakland, by Skidmore partner Craig Hartman, Paul Rudolph’s Art and Architecture Building, at Yale (now renamed Paul Rudolph Hall), by Gwathmey Siegel, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, on the Lower East Side, by Walter Sedovic and Olafur Eliasson’s extraordinary New York Waterfalls Project.

I think my personal favorites are the Birds Nest and the new Cathedral of Christ the Light, neither of which I had seen before reading this.

December 26, 2008