2007 was “The Shame of British Architecture.” 2008 was deemed “cooler than ever.” So what does the recently released shortlist for the 2009 Stirling Prize have in store for us? Well, as told to the Times‘ Ben Hoyle, according to the head of awards for the Royal Institute of British Architects: “It’s is possibly quieter than in some years, but we would call this a pretty vintage year.” In short, we think that means they picked things that were less flashy than, say, last year’s spaceship by Ms. Hadid. And critic Tom Dyckhoff should be happy that some of the buildings are in the UK this year (see the aforementioned “Shame of British Architecture” link above). Writer Hoyle puts together a great take on the shortlist, assembling it into something like a horse race, noting the connections between contenders and even including betting odds on who will be the winner. Thus far, it looks like Richard Rogers and his firm Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners might have the best chance, having locked two of the six nominations. But we all must wait patiently, as the winner won’t be announced until October 17th.