The best of times….

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The National Stadium, Beijing. Photo by Guo Lei/Xinhua

Heading into the last few weeks of the year, the inevitable best of/worst of lists have started popping up. Just this week, both New York magazine and the Chicago Tribune posted their best architecture picks of 2008.

Topping New York's list? The World Trade Center Memorial and Museum by Snøhetta, with the note:

In the dispiriting saga of ground zero, the one glint of optimism is this Norwegian firm’s design for a 9/11 pavilion. Snøhetta offsets the politics and melodrama with an architecture of humane subtlety. The steel-ribbed glass wedge, sheltering the Twin Towers’ magnificently rusted columns, bows toward the memorial pits and supports the irregular form with an apparently crazed, structurally lucid tangle of tilted beams.

The Tribune, whose list will run in its Dec. 21 print edition, takes a more global look. Topping its list are the Beijing National Stadium and National Aquatics Center, One Haworth Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Paul Rudolph Hall in New York. Its highlights also include industry events, most notably Jean Nouvel's win of the Pritzker Prize.

Now it's your turn: What are your favorite spaces of 2008? What were the worst?

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