Great Architecture's Big Day

Britain's Stirling Prize shows how to raise public awareness of civic design. Wouldn't it be nice if that could happen in the U.S., too?

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When the Stirling Prize was announced this Saturday, the widow of Enric Miralles, the Spanish architect of the Scottish Parliament building, was suddenly �20,000 richer, and the rest of us were informed of which single building "has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year" -- whatever that means. The criterion for the Stirling prize may be murky, but it ensures that the most public of arts is evaluated and discussed in the most public of ways.

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