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Is this guy ever not getting an award?

Yesterday, we mentioned that Renzo Piano won the Honor award from the A.I.A.’s New York Chapter for the newly-refurbished Morgan Library.

At least one critic is not too happy. The Observer‘s art critic Mario Naves leaves behind the glass cubes in Chelsea to take down the award-winning starchitect.

New Yorkers used to enter the Morgan through a smallish, stolidly proportioned doorway fronting 36th Street. The vestibule may have been clunky and stuffy, but it heralded a transition from the hurly-burly of city life into a realm of intimate, contemplative experience. No more. Mr. Piano’s atrium is mainly interested in herding the crowds and then wowing them. It’s a noisy public arena wedged inside an institution renowned for quiet pleasures.

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