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Museum Man

Starchitect Renzo Piano wasn't actually one of the 10 architects originally interviewed to design the Whitney's new Meatpacking District building. But after nine of the 10 mentioned Piano's buildings as some of their favorite museum designs, the search committee went straight to the source and chose him for the project, which should be done in 2015. "The No. 1 reason he gets these commissions is that he's the best on putting the art first," Whitney director Adam D. Weinberg explains to the Times. Some critics find the Whitney's new look tiresome, however. [NYT; previously]