The Architect's Newspaper hears a rumor (as have we) that a design team has been selected for the 40 acre megaproject around Union Station: the UK's Grimshaw and locals Gruen. Metro is expected to give final approval to a team at its June 28 meeting, but a formal announcement on the recommendation is coming Monday, according to A/N. Metro bought Union Station and the land around it last year and has been looking for a team to master plan a huge redevelopment of the area. It held a teasing "vision board" presentation in April at which all of the finalist teams (which included Renzo Piano and Norman Foster) presented their dream ideas for what the neighborhood would look like in 2050. Grimshaw and Gruen (fun to say, right?) said they wanted to make LA "into the great transit-oriented city that we know it can be." According to A/N, Grimshaw has worked on big transit centers in Manhattan and London; Gruen worked on the Expo Line.
· EAVESDROP> GRIMSHAW AND GRUEN TAKE UNION STATION [A/N Blog]
· 6 Visions For a Dream Union Station Neighborhood of 2050 [Curbed LA]