The sluggish economy has been the big story in the US for the last two years - one of delayed building starts, budget cuts and architecture firm layoffs. Given this recessionary landscape, you might expect the cultural arts to be struggling. To be sure many organizations are barely scraping by, but a number of institutions are not only thriving, but also growing and expanding.
In the past few months we've seen no fewer than four museums across the country open significant new extensions, authored by top domestic and international architects. Even Florida, one of the hardest hit states, opened a new symphony space. And universities still offer opportunities for rigorous design experiments - both new buildings and cutting-edge installations. Together these institutions have contributed some startling additions to America's architectural landscape in recent years. Here we bring you some of the highlights.