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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Gimme Shelter: Inaugural A+D Museum exhibition promises to rethink Los Angeles housing

Pool House from Five Normal Houses: the LA River Story (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

Pool House from Five Normal Houses: the LA River Story (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

Opening August 20, Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles, the inaugural exhibition at the A+D Museum‘s new Arts District space presents works by architects and designers that challenge and improve upon L.A. housing typologies.

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OMA merges sport and science in this terraced building for one of England’s elite boarding schools

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) announced that its designs for a joint Sports and Sciences department for the UK’s Brighton College have been approved. The Rem Koolhaas–owned architecture practice won an invited competition in 2013, and the project was further developed and submitted for planning approval in 2015.

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In Beirut, a group of activists seeks to protect a coastal area by setting up a grassroots design ideas competition

The Dalieh of Raouche. (Christian Sowa)

The Dalieh of Raouche. (Christian Sowa)

In the last two decades, Beirut’s real estate market boomed and transformed the city. One of the yet non-developed areas of the city is a coastal area called Dalieh. Despite the fact that this area is privately owned, it was used as an openly accessible space by the public for years. However, recent development plans, aiming to build a high-end real estate complex, would largely change the open access and current character of this space.

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Koolhaas’ Garage opens in Moscow with a social media narrative

Architecture, International, Media, News
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art press opening with architect Rem Koolhaas, museum founder Dasha Zhukova, museum director Anton Belov and Garage chief curator Kate Fowle. (Instagram: @garagemca)

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art press opening with architect Rem Koolhaas, museum founder Dasha Zhukova, museum director Anton Belov and Garage chief curator Kate Fowle. (Instagram: @garagemca)

Last week another point was scored for social media as the de rigueur disseminator of architecture with the opening of Rem Koolhaas’ Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

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Watch OMA partner Ellen van Loon and MAB Development discuss the de Rotterdam tower

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

Last September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat invited me to serve as the special media correspondent for its Shanghai symposium, entitled Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.

I conducted video interviews with dozens of architects, developers, building managers, and others on topics relevant to tall building design and sustainable urbanism. Among the many designers, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed were Jos Melchers of MAB Development & OMA partner Ellen van Loon. We discussed the design of De Rotterdam, an innovative mixed-use development that won CTBUH’s 2014 Best Tall Building award for Europe.

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This abandoned rail corridor in Singapore will soon be a nationwide linear park, and these firms are competing to design it

(Courtesy Urban Redevelopment Authority)

(Courtesy Urban Redevelopment Authority)

Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has shortlisted five winning design firms for an RFP to overhaul the Singapore Rail Corridor.

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple announces shortlist for its “Gathering Place” building

Architecture, News, West
Monday, May 4, 2015
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Sanctuary ceiling from Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s recent renovation. (Tom Bonner)

Earlier this year AN‘s Eavesdrop column predicted the shortlist for Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s “Gathering Place,” a 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s sanctuary. The final list has been revealed and includes big hitters such as OMA, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects.

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More in Milan: Rem Koolhaas’ arts complex for Prada brings together old and new—with gold

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(Courtesy OMA)

Should you be looking for yet another reason to add Milan to your architectural travel itinerary, the Prada Foundation is scheduled to open its many doors to the public on May 9. Designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, the campus—part new construction, part rehabbed structures—will include 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, a theater, a children’s area, a restaurant, and library.

And Rem plans to wrap another building in gold leaf.

Back in Green: Jean Prouvé furnishings reissued and retooled with a little help from Rem Koolhaas

Design, International, Product
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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(Courtesy G-Star)

More than seventy years after their creation, a collection of classic office furniture by Jean Prouvé is being updated and released to the market. Dutch fashion purveyor G-Star, in conjunction with Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, have developed “Prouvé Raw,” a collection of ten pieces that include chairs, desk and wall lighting, conference tables, and writing desks.

And Rem Koolhaas also plays a role in this revival.

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Rem Koolhaas is the latest starchitect to join the High Line scene

Rem Koolhaas.

Rem Koolhaas.

It was always a question of when—not if—Rem Koolhaas would join the starchitect party alongside New York City’s High Line. With the third phase of the popular park open, and multiple splashy projects rising alongside it, the New York Post is reporting that Koolhaas’ time has come: he has been hired by The Related Companies to design a building on West 18th Street.

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Eavesdrop> OMA, Piano, Morphosis rumored to be competing for Wilshire Temple addition

Architecture, Development, West
Monday, January 12, 2015
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Unique exterior of Wilshire Temple (Tom Bonner)

Unique exterior of Wilshire Temple (Tom Bonner)

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of Los Angeles’ historic gems, was just splendidly renovated by a team led by Brenda Levin & Associates. Now it appears to have shortlisted some of the world’s top architects for its 55,000 square foot addition. The temple has declined to comment on the shortlist, but according to a source OMA, Renzo Piano, Morphosis and Kengo Kuma are now competing to design a 55,000-square-foot addition.

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