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Architecture's Top 10 for 2016

Source: Los Angeles Times

This was a year in which Los Angeles shook off some ambivalence about its own status as a dense, tall, post-suburban city — and in which the profession of architecture continued to embrace, reassess and excavate its own history. It was also a year in which architecture critics, thankfully, saw enough completed high-profile buildings — after several years in which the aftereffects of the 2008 crisis kept that supply very low — to consider putting more than one on their year-end lists. ...

L.A.’s newest courthouse. A collaboration between the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and one of the more accomplished products of the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program, the new $350-million, cube-shaped federal courthouse in downtown L.A. is a finely wrought and cannily contextual work of public architecture.

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