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  1. Silicon Valley has half the skyline of Fort Worth, too, and by your "more is better" logic, what sense could that make? -- but most tech firms need to communicate more than hierarchical organizations. Being twenty-five floors apart doesn't lead to collaboration.
  2. I visited an actual world-class city this week. It's striking that urban Texans bandy the term about so much these days without much philosophic thought as to what it would mean. That philosophical void is a central part of why Texas doesn't have any world-class cities yet. Profound thinkers that Texas shaped almost always had to leave to make their contributions; the contributions people come to Dallas or Houston to make, by contrast, are about "who brings in more money," not about humanity. The two are not mutually exclusive, or have not always been, but here, Texas' leading industrialists merely give donations to creative and intellectual organizations rather than really participating riskily in becoming a nucleus of intellectual circles themselves. (Check out for a prototype of a better way of doing things. is almost exhausting, but highlights include industrial chemistry, the steam engine, the first rocket engine (by the polymath grandfather of Francis Galton and Charles Darwin), social, religious, financial and educational/pedagogical reforms, modern postal service, the cavity magnetron, and computer scientist Conway Berners-Lee, better known for his son Tim -- which seems a pretty good place to close this web forum parenthetical.)
  3. Doesn't a slowdown produce the opposite of filling up? Houston's port is 16th in the world if you count every ounce of gunk that gets shipped from the refineries. If you don't, it's 64th. Not entirely outside the topic of this thread, though, so thanks for bringing it up, since new Dallas development is what drives a lot of that container traffic on the coast. Speaking of waterways, everybody knows the Harris County water was purely responsible for fueling Tom Brady's rally, so congrats on having it. For those interested, the Bureau of Economic Analysis' 2016 GDP metro estimates will be released on May 11th.
  4. Chron once reported it wasn't catty corner but 1010 Lamar itself: "In October [2011] the church established downtown services again at the same address as the old church. The environment has changed much in four decades. The old church was demolished and a new office tower was built at the site, which is near the Fannin intersection. 'When the property downtown was sold, it was written into the contract that we would always be able to use a space in the new building for Bible study,' said Diane Bagby." Interesting interior atrium photo from 1981. Architect Mo Nasr would later be known for finishing KPF's Heritage Plaza tower.
  5. Sorry, it just gets old.
  6. Could you do all the taking down a notch in private message, or is the attempt something that just has to be public to be entertaining?
  7. A Mayan parking garage, yes
  8. The Jenga look would be appealing if the curtain wall were to be finished more like Sackman's tower coming out of the ground since August at 70 Rainey, over by I-35 -- shown here in a render of theirs passed to Culturemap this week.
  9. Gross Metropolitan Product ( Metro Economies Report) AUS 2014 114.8 billion/yr AUS 2015 119.5 b AUS 2016 125.3 b HOU 2014 523.1 b HOU 2015 498.5 b HOU 2016 491.3 b That's why. Metroeconomies_USMayors_2014-7est.pdf
  11. I went to the Benton County assessor to settle the Crystal Bridges question, but they didn't measure the exempted improvements, so no luck. But it has only eight galleries and I think Architectural Record was onto something when it reported 93,000 total square feet at the time of opening. Several other sources including the Schnabel (engineers) and Safdie firms at that time said 93 or 100,000, and then it seems perhaps the 217 figure resonated with somebody later (or they pulled a St Louis and counted the parking garages). After the 63,000-square-foot downtown Bentonville center opens, that will put it more like the size of nearby Tulsa's excellent Philbrook art museum (which opened a 28,000-total-square-foot downtown location three years ago, in addition to its main campus of between 110 and 125,000 square feet), and not large enough for this list. I guess the Cloisters were included in the Met's facilities figure, but I can't prove it. Thanks for the appreciation. It is sort of my parting gift to the forum. I am leaving this weekend and moving to Europe. All my documents are in order, but I don't know if it'll be for good or not. Maybe if Kaine is president I'll come back
  12. Correct. Again not claiming scientific accuracy, here are the largest US museums after current expansions, first by actual gallery space, then by usable space minus plazas and parking: (in thousands of square feet): 750 - the Met, NY (20__ -- Chipperfield expansion of 180 to >2200 now on hold) link link 284 - NGA, DC (2016) out of 1400 link 284 - Philadelphia (202_) out of almost 800 after Gehry subterranean additions 280 - Art Inst. Chicago out of almost 1000 270 - LACMA, LA out of 500-something (staying about the same in its controversial expansion) 250 - Mass MoCA (2017) out of ___ total indoor link 240 - dia:Beacon (2003) out of ___ total indoor link 221 - MFA Boston (2010) out of 617 total indoor link 212 - MFAH (2019) out of 669 total indoor 205 - MoMA (2018) out of 1023 total indoor in three sites (Midtown, P.S.1, QNS) 196 - Smithsonian (Hirshhorn 60, Freer/Sackler 41, Old Patent Office 95) out of 197+115+333 N/A - Dallas (1993) out of 516 total indoor 161 - Minneapolis (2016) out of 473 total indoor 152 - Detroit (2007) out of 658 total indoor link 145 - SFMOMA (2015) out of 460 total indoor 140 - Brooklyn Museum out of 560 total indoor 137 - Milwaukee (2015) out of 341 total indoor link 135 - SLAM (2012) out of 350 total indoor 134 - VMFA, Richmond (2010) out of 545 total indoor link 130 - Cleveland (2014) out of 636 total indoor 130 - Nelson-Atkins (2007) out of 400 total indoor 117 - Denver (2010) out of 406 total indoor link 110 - Carnegie, Pittsburgh ( ) out of ___ total indoor 106 - the Getty, LA (2006) combining two sites: Getty Villa 210 and Center 940) out of 1150 100 - Peabody Essex (2019) out of ___ total indoor 94 - High, Atlanta (2010) out of 312 total indoor 86 - Toledo (2006) out of 370 total indoor link N/A - Cincinnati (2003) out of 282 total indoor 84 - de Young, SF (2005) out of 292 total indoor link N/A - Kimbell, FW (2014) out of 221 total indoor I left off Oakland and Indianapolis since I couldn't get satisfactory breakdowns. and by total indoors: 2250 - the Met (two sites - including the old Whitney building) 1400 - National Gallery of Art complex 1150 - the Getty, LA (both sites) 1023 - MoMA (all sites) 1000 - Art Institute of Chicago complex 800 - Philadelphia 669 - Houston entire upcoming campus 658 - Detroit 645 - Smithsonian four art museums, downtown DC 636 - Cleveland 617 - Boston 560 - Brooklyn 545 - Richmond, VA
  13. Just so I'm the only one who wastes my time, here's the fine breakdown: 160,000 sf (Caroline Wiess Law) 193 or 216 (Audrey Jones Beck) 42 Glassell (now demolished) 42 Ctrl Admin and Junior School -- before the latest expansion our facilities were/are around 450,000 square feet, then. If you count Bayou Bend and Rienzi then you have to track down the houses owned by other art museums, to be fair. So many other museums were expanding art facilities that we are now around #13 nationally, by this measure. 160 law (73 gallery) 193 beck (85 gallery) 164 kinder (54 gallery) 80 replacement glassell 42 central admin and junior school 30 blaffer atop existing garage 669 total (212 gallery), drawing from and other sources or 160 law (62 gallery) 216 beck (68 gallery) 164 kinder (54 gallery) 80 replacement glassell 42 central admin and junior school 30 blaffer atop existing garage 692 total (184 gallery), drawing from the more recent
  14. There are at least five ways of adding up the physical plants of the largest art museums. You've got total indoor space; total indoor public space; total indoor and outdoor programmable space; total indoor gallery space. The fifth would be to include parking garages, which I've only seen St. Louis try to do. The MFAH's quick facts page must use one of the first three methods to arrive at their statistic of "300,000 square feet devoted to the display of art," because the Houston Press and the Rice Design Alliance have found figures between 130,000 and 160,000 square feet for our actual gallery space. Reports at the time Moneo's Beck Building opened said that MFAH was leaping to sixth-largest nationally. As far as I can calculate, when we include not only the new Kinder Building but the new Glassell replacement and the new 30,000-square-foot Blaffer Conservation Center, MFAH's total indoor space (the first measure) will soon be back in the top ten nationally, maybe even number six again. Museums use their bragging rights rather unscientifically, so I don't blame Twinsanity for being unable to make a definitive listing.
  15. Building on what CREguy13 said, Chevron subleased 345,000 sf of Devon's space at Two Allen Center in 2013, a couple of years after signing a seven year renewal on 311,000 sf at Continental Center I (1600 Smith Street). However, United Airlines is in the process of downsizing by a half million square feet -- most of that in 1600 Smith. At the time of the 2010 merger, Continental occupied at least 700,000 sf downtown (220,000 at Continental Center II, 600 Jefferson (now 1801 Smith) and 480,000 at Continental Center I). They are now at half that, and when the contracts expire in a couple of years, they will leave completely for 609 Main at Texas. I believe that lease was announced at 225,000 sf. Chevron, unless unhappy with 1600 Smith, will have much more freedom simply expanding into United's vacated space than waiting years for a costly development to be built to suit.