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List, lists and more lists: The Best of 2009

List, lists and more lists: The Best of 2009

 

Our blog is not even a year old, so we won’t be sharing ourown “Top 10” list quite yet.  (We will be keeping track for next yearthough.)  That said, of course, we’d beremiss if we didn’t mention THE big architectural story of Dallas in 2009; the opening of the AT&TPerforming Arts Center.  With thecompletion of buildings designed by Foster + Partners and REX/OMA, the largesturban arts district in the U.S.boasts buildings by 4 Pritzker Prize laureates.  The Arts District has been the focus ofinternational attention and is the fodder for ourcurrent exhibition and thefirst walking tours we’ve kicked off. It has been great fun being just “across the street” from all theexcitement.

And we’ve been on some lists ourselves.  The Dallas Centerfor Architecture was named a 2009 Outstanding Project by the Dallas Chapter ofTEXO and was named Best Cultural Project in McGraw-Hill’s Best of 2009 DesignAwards. We were also featured in TexasArchitect and Modern Luxury Dallas.Quite an inaugural year!

So now on to the list of other people’s lists.  (Wouldn’t it be nice to include somethingthat our local full-time architecture critic (if we had one) had put together?Obviously one of our collective 2010 resolutions needs to be to force the mediato pay more attention to the architecture around us. Anyway…)

Paul Goldberger, one of our favorite critics, posted his TenMost Positive Architectural Events of 2009 online for The New Yorker. Like most, he heralds the High Line. Mention isalso given to the Guggenheim Museum, which like ourown Kalita Humphries Theater, celebrated its 50th birthday thisyear.

Big D gets mention in LATimescritic Christopher Hawthorne’s TopTen Architectural Moments of 2009.  TheWyly Theatre is paired with Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hallas a building “that helped breathe new life into the design of spaces for theperforming arts.”

 The New York Times chimesin as well with aretrospective of the last year.  Onehopes that Thom Mayne’s building for our Museum of Natureand Science is as well-received as his building for Cooper Union has been.

 And San Franciscocritic John King, who wrote the feature article on the Arts District openingfor D Magazine, goes back through theentire decade for his listof architectural achievements out west.

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