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Best New Use of an Old Space

Here's hoping Renzo Piano's reconceptualization of the HIGH MUSEUM OF ART will accomplish what it's promised: to make Midtown into a walkable hub and pack shows with eager art-goers. Scheduled for a 2005 completion, the ambitious plan calls for three new buildings and an additional 177,000 square feet, featuring an open air "piazza," new exhibition space, administrative offices and retail space. The museum already took a step in the right direction when it made renovations last month that returned the space to architect Richard Meier's original vision for the building by reverting to the design's original gallery configurations and revealing previously concealed skylights.

The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St, 404-733-HIGH. www.high.org

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