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Editor’s Picks: Best Architecture of 2012
We asked our staff to select the projects that defined the year in design.
Best Installation
Wendy

Wendy
HWKN
MoMA P.S.1
New York, New York

Photo by Jenna M. McKnight

Song 1

Song 1
Doug Aitken
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Washington, D.C.

Photo © Frederick Charles

Best Design Exhibition
Freecell

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good
Freecell
American Pavilion
Venice Architecture Biennale

Photo © Li Di

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000
Juliet Kinchin Curator
Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York

Image courtesy The Museum of Modern Art

Best Side Project
Matthew Marks Gallery

Matthew Marks Gallery
Ellsworth Kelly with Peter Zellner
West Hollywood

Photo © Joshua White

Best Book
Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch

Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch
Tracy Metz and Maartje van den Heuvel
NAi Publishers

Photo courtesy NAi Publishers

Project Japan: Metabolism  Talks

Project Japan: Metabolism Talks
Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Taschen

Image courtesy Taschen

Academic Discourse

Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America
Joan Ockman with Rebecca Williamson
MIT Press

Photo courtesy Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

Best Posthumous Project
Franklin D Roosevelt-Four Freedoms Park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Louis I. Kahn
New York, New York

Photo © Paul Warchol

Project Where We Most Want to Live
Verve Coffee Roasters

Woodchester House
Robert Grace
Gloucestershire, England

Photo © Mel Yates

Studio SC

House Roces
Govaert and Vanhoutte Architects
Bruges, Belgium

Photo © Tim Van de Velde

Project Where We Most Want to Work
Studio SC

Studio SC
Studio MK27
São Paulo

Photo © Nelson Kon

Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters
Fuse Architects + Builders
Santa Cruz, California

Photo © Ted Holladay

Project Where We Most Want to Have Dinner
The Shard

NOMA FoodLab
3XN Architects
Copenhagen

Photo © Adam Mørk

Best Cultural Project
Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Philadelphia

Photo © Michael Moran

Most Quietly Amazing Museum
Museum of Cultures

Museum of Cultures
Herzog & de Meuron
Basel, Switzerland

Photo © Iwan Baan

Top Tower
The Shard

The Shard
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
London

Photo © Robtel Telford

Best Do-good Design Project
Girubuntu Primary School

Girubuntu Primary School
MASS Design Group
Kigali, Rwanda

Photo © Iwan Baan

Lions Park Playscape

Lions Park Playscape
Auburn University Rural Studio
Greensboro, Alabama

Photo © Timothy Hursley

Best Firm Making Its Debut in Record
K3 for Kukje Gallery

Solid Objectives—Idenburg Liu (SO-IL)

Photo © Iwan Baan

Biggest Surprise Hit
Barclays Center

Barclays Center
SHoP Architects
Brooklyn, New York

Photography by David Sundberg/Esto

Craziest Form of the Year
Moscow School of Management

Moscow School of Management
Adjaye Associates
Skolkovo, Russia

Photo © Iwan Baan

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