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2011's Most Interesting Cultural Buildings

Striking libraries, museums and community facilities

Image Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos
Capilla Vallejo Arquitectos

As municipal budgets tighten across America and Europe, commissions for new libraries, museums and other community facilities continue to decline. Despite financial obstacles, here are some projects that were not only completed in 2011 but should serve as architectural icons for their community well into the future.

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  • Mark Byrnes is an associate editor at CityLab who writes about design, history, and photography.