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Last week I visited the Gagosian Gallery to see "Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments." It chronicles three decades of extraordinary output. The subject, Renzo Piano, is a Pritzker Prize winning Italian architect famous for his museum and cultural institution designs. Piano captured the global spotlight very early in his career. In fact, his first triumph was the highly publicized Georges Pompidou Center, which he designed in the early 70s with Richard Rogers. With its pipes, ducts, and scaffolding, it was categorized as marking the twilight of modernism; but Piano was actually moving away from mechanistic aesthetics in the direction a high-tech type of modernism.