NYTimes. The Year in Architecture

"What all of these projects share, besides being splendid architecture, is an ability to infuse a drab, lifeless neighborhood — whether it be a derelict postwar area at the far edge of Rome’s historic center or a generic new development outside Copenhagen — with a sense of joy. Like much great architecture, they create a sense of place — of collective identity — where there was none." -NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF

Here are the 7 buildings selected by the times as the masterpieces of this year:

Maxxi Contemporary Art Museum, Rome
Zaha Hadid

Copenhagen Concert Hall
Jean Nouvel

World Games’ Main Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Toyo Ito

The High Line, New York City
Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

new academic building at the Cooper Union, New York City

Beekman Tower, New York City
Frank Gehry