Metro has just shortlisted six teams to compete to create a master plan for the huge Union Station-adjacent redevelopment--the project covers 42 acres and has entitlements for 5.9 million square feet of building. All of the teams "were evaluated for qualifications and technical competency" and the shortlisters will each get a $10,000 stipend to finish their plans. A winning team will be picked next spring. The Architect's Newspaper blog reports that the shortlisted teams are:
-- Gruen Associates/Grimshaw Architects
-- IBI Group/Foster + Partners
-- Moore Ruble Yudell and TEN Arquitectors
-- NBBJ/Ingenhoven Architects
-- Renzo Piano Building Workshop/Parsons Transportation Group
As A/N points out, there's also quite an illustrious list of teams that submitted qualifications but were not selected. Those include Rem Koolhaas's OMA; Thom Mayne's Morphosis; RTKL/Zaha Hadid Architects; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; and mega-firms Gensler and AECOM.
Some firms were annoyed this summer when Metro asked them to develop extra Vision Plans for the area, which it said would be presented to the public, but not necessarily used in any way.
The master plan for the site is expected to be completed in August 2013.
· LA UNION STATION SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED & THE NOTABLES THAT MISSED THE CUT [A/N Blog]
· Metro's Union Station Redevelopment: Architects Balk At "Gifts to the Public" [Curbed LA]