MAXXI, National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, Rome – Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher

The completion of the museum is proof that this city is no longer allergic to the new and a rebuke to those who still see Rome as a catalog of architectural relics for scholars or tourists. It affirms the view that cities thrive when each generation attempts to rise to the challenges of the past while remaining true to contemporary values. That means that yes, we too — the living — have something to contribute. -Nicolai Ouroussoff, New York Times