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I enjoyed reading a few different takes Friday on the big winners (and big losers) highlighted in last night’s Orchids and Onions ceremony. The annual event celebrates and lampoons in categories like public art, architecture and interior design.

The Grand Orchid, a prize signifying the best project voted on by the public and then whittled down by a jury of architects, designers and artists, was bestowed on the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at the University of California, San Diego.

The Grand Onion went to the cruise ship terminal at Broadway Pier.

KPBS’s Angela Carone’s post includes a bunch of links to the winners and losers and a link to a story she did when the music center opened. CityBeat’s Kinsee Morlan’s post recaps one Onion recipient — the Mormon Battalion Historical Site — which garnered such scornful descriptions as: “Taco Bell-like details,” and “Disney Land in Old Town.” The U-T’s Roger Showley includes a poll where you can agree or disagree with the winners and losers.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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