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As the year winds down, we get lots of year's-best lists and retrospective that examining how 2010 turned out. John King, the Chronicle's resident architecture critic, also wrapped up his year today, posting his favorite changes from 2010. As he points out, it's a tough call trying to find 10 major structures that got built this year, but there were some exciting developments in the field of "neighborhood-scaled planning that teases us with the promise of sustainable, transit-friendly urbanity."
Aside from his love of parklets and experimental public spaces, King is also a big fan of Lundberg Design's new Muni shelters, One Hawthorne's "clean modernity", the Raygun Gothic Rocketship on the Embarcadero and the redesigned Oakland Museum of California. Only one private home made King's list, which is rounded out with a couple upgrades to San Francisco landmarks and one notable hotel in Healdsburg. It's worth a read, if only find out which local footbridge proves "our society can still create public works of lasting merit, worthy of pride, if only we try."
· Positive changes around S.F. and environs in 2010 [SFGate]