Just don’t call it Frisco: Could Trump top a San Francisco tower?

Architecture, Development, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Transbay Transit District by Pelli Clarke Pelli. (steelblue, courtesy of Transbay Transit Center)

Transbay Transit District by Pelli Clarke Pelli. (steelblue, courtesy of Transbay Transit Center)

New York has one, Chicago has one, and now the Chronicle’s John King alerts us that San Francisco might see a Trump-brand tower in its future. No one is taking bets on the conservative presidential candidate’s name emblazoned on a highrise located in one the most progressive cities on the planet, but King is stirring the pot to call attention to a land auction hosted by Transbay Joint Powers Authority on September 2. On the docket: a parcel of land on the 500 block of Howard Street, where zoning allows for an 800-foot tower.

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Fernando Romero has a plan to green Mexico City with the Cultural Corridor Chapultepec, a park-like linear thoroughfare

FR-EE's multimodal Cultural Corridor Chapultepec proposal for Mexico City. (Courtesy FR-EE)

Fernando Romero’s multimodal Cultural Corridor Chapultepec proposal for Mexico City. (Courtesy FR-EE)

Avenida Chapultepec in Mexico City began as a road for Aztec emperors. Over the years the broad boulevard, which leads from the old Colonia Centro to Chapultepec Park, hosted an aqueduct and the city’s first electric tram. But the 20th century wasn’t particularly kind to the thoroughfare.

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Apple is planning to build a viewing platform and visitors center so you can gaze upon its Foster-designed headquarters

(CITY OF CUPERTINO VIA SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL)

(CITY OF CUPERTINO VIA SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL)

Apple’s upcoming doughnut-shaped flying saucer of a headquarters is steadily taking shape in Cupertino, California. The Norman Foster–designed, $5 billion complex obviously strays from the typical office park setup of clusters of boxy, generic buildings, but despite its starchitect design, it has attracted plenty of criticism for how little it engages with the community and the non-Apple employees who walk among us.

But apparently that’s not the whole story.

With Foster rebuffed, Bjarke Ingels reveals his plans for a stepped Two World Trade Center

(Courtesy BIG)

(Courtesy DBOX/BIG)

In late 2005, Norman Foster unveiled his design for Two World Trade Center—an 88-story tower capped in four diamonds to direct the eye down toward the 9/11 Memorial, which, at the time, was still years from completion. Then, the World Trade Center site was still in the design phase, and Bjarke Ingels was a little-known architect from Denmark.

But a lot can change in a decade.

Norman Foster breaks ground on Maggie’s cancer center in the UK

Ceremony on April 24 celebrating the start of construction on the new Maggie's Center (Courtesy Foster + Partners)

Ceremony on April 22 celebrating the start of construction on the new Maggie’s Center (Courtesy Foster + Partners)

Maggie’s, a UK-based charitable organization providing assistance programs to patients with cancer, is building a new center within the grounds of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.

Eschewing the antiseptic reek and impersonality of a traditional hospital, the center strives to provide a homey atmosphere and support programs for cancer patients and their families in an uplifting, non-clinical environment. Designed by Norman Foster and Foster + Partners, the building sports a 20-foot-high timber frame as its main structure, and will be bordered by extensive gardens.

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Norman Foster or Bjarke Ingels, who will be designing the final tower at the World Trade Center?

Norman Foster, left. Bjarke Ingels, right. Foster's design for 2 World Trade Center, center. (Montage by AN)

Norman Foster, left. Bjarke Ingels, right. Foster’s design for 2 World Trade Center, center. (Montage by AN)

A few weeks ago AN noted that the Norman Foster–designed 2 World Trade Center might finally rise after all these years. The New York Times was reporting that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and 21st Century Fox were in talks to lease half the building for a joint headquarters. If it were to happen, wrote the Times, Murdoch’s team might bring in a new architect to update Foster’s design. Now it’s looking like that is exactly what’s going to happen—and it’s going to happen in an, ahem, BIG way.

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Thanks to Rupert Murdoch, Norman Foster’s 2 World Trade Center might actually happen

(Courtesy Foster + Partners)

(Courtesy Foster + Partners)

Richard Rogers‘ long-stalled 3 World Trade Center finally climbing again, it’s concrete core rising steadily above its nearly-complete podium. Now, it’s Norman Foster’s turn to bring the last of the World Trade towers to life, and it might happen this time with the help of a media giant.

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Jeddah hopes a high-design transit network by Norman Foster can transform the Saudi city into a transit capital

(Courtesy Foster and Partners)

(Courtesy Foster and Partners)

British design firm Foster + Partners recently inked a deal reportedly worth upwards of $80 million to master plan a city-wide public transportation network in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently, just 12 percent of the population resides within a 10-minute walk from a transportation hub, and just 1–2 percent of commuters use public transportation. But can high design lead to higher ridership?

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Did Norman Foster design this New York City skyscraper?

The possible Norman Foster-designed tower in the NYC skyline. (Bauhaus Group via NYPress)

The possible Norman Foster-designed tower in the NYC skyline. (Bauhaus Group via NYPress)

A 900-foot tower is coming to Manhattan’s high-end Sutton Place and it looks like Norman Foster is the architect behind the geometric tower punctuated by inset terraces and gardens.

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Eavesdrop> Sunny Apple: Cupertino HQ makes a big buy for solar power

We have given Apple flack for the suburban nature of its new campus in Cupertino. But we’ve been impressed with the company’s recent attempts to make things more eco-friendly, adding shuttles, bike lanes, a bus transit center, and walking paths. Now we hear Apple is purchasing 130 megawatts worth of energy a year from First Solar. The purchase will power the new HQ as well as all of its other California offices, a large data center, and the 52 retail stores in the state.

Pictorial> Take a walk along New York City’s starchitect-lined High Line

Looking north to Stern's Abington House and KPF's 10 Hudson Yards. (Henry Melcher / AN)

Looking north to Stern’s Abington House and KPF’s 10 Hudson Yards. (Henry Melcher / AN)

If you haven’t been up on the High Line recently, or perhaps ever–looking at you Mayor de Blasio–then you’ve been missing out on some big new projects from architecture’s biggest names–we’re talking about your Hadid’s, your Foster’s, your Piano’s, and your Kohn Pedersen Fox’s.

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