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New Heights From New York to Shenzhen, these five new design wonders define the modern age of intelligent architecture. BY DAVID SOKOL David Chipperfield Michael Arad SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL A decade in the making, the memorial defied typical gestation. Michael Arad's arrangement of names by adjacency upended expectation, too. The result, which includes a museum by Aedas and a Snøhetta-designed entry pavilion, is earnest, stunning and worth the wait. MUSEUM OF MILITARY TURNER CONTEMPORARY Standing on the Margate coastline, the new gallery of the Turner Contemporary is a counterpoint to the roiling seascapes of JWW Turner's oeuvre, and to the painter's visceral expression. David Chipperfield's rigorous and modestly priced cluster of glass volumes also bookends an era of spectacle museum architecture. HISTORY Daniel Libeskind's jagged- edge brand of architecture has not translated perfectly to every one of his assign- ments. But this 100-foot-tall shard of glass, concrete and steel incises a 19th-century arsenal building—capturing the physical and spiritual disorientation of war—to brilliant effect. Daniel Libeskind UNIVERSIADE STADIUM If there ever was uncertainty that China's architectural aspirations would A NEW BUILDING usually requires three years to become a reality, so it's a wonder that great architecture was introduced in 2011. More sur- prising is that, even on the third an- niversary of Lehman Brothers' going poof, there could be many completed designs vying for best-of accolades. While no list is definitive, the follow- ing buildings take the pulse of the contemporary architecture scene. Though some concepts predate the Great Recession and all are com- pleted by the profession's big guns, they reflect this moment's overall am- bitions and preoccupations—with postmodern narrative, with computer- aided geometries, with citizenly out- comes—at a large scale and under scrutinous spotlights. halt with the Olympic Games, these three crystalline buildings in Shenzhen should hush doubters. GMP Architekten designed the trio for the Summer World University Games, simultaneously with three Shanghai stadiums it created for the World Aquatics Championships. GMP Architekten Zaha Hadid EVELYN GRACE ACADEMY Zaha Hadid's architectural vocabulary embod- ies movement and speed, intoxicatingly. It is a perfect fit for Evelyn Grace Academy, whose four schools specialize in athletic education. 68 CULTURED

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