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  1.\&source=bl&ots=CItxn4iL0c&sig=YXq52BpPS53HOiNO9rDu8VUFhbM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi4196Q6LrUAhXGYVAKHcmcAWYQ6AEINTAC#v=onepage&q=cullen center masterplan\&f=false Welton Becket and Associates, of Los Angeles (now part of AECOM, also of Los Angeles), had a Houston office from 1960. The success of their premier Southland Life Center complex in Dallas led the Cullen family to want to plan the same thing on an even grander scale with a "Cullen Center" -- this was before the Pierce Elevated ran right there. The Houston office directors voted not to share work from other offices of WBA but fell below their financial targets in the 1970s. The office was closed, and with it, though I'm not sure on this point, the venerable mechanical and electrical firm of Carden L. Jenkins, which the WBA Houston office had acquired in 1972. The Shell Information Center had been planned to be part of a nearly square-mile mixed-use development on land acquired by Shell. Its name, Plaza del Oro, still lingers in the neighborhood although the modernist project never really materialized.
  2. My understanding is that Henry Cobb designed Allied Bank Tower to play off of its older brother Allied Bank Plaza in Houston. It's a nice link. Both buildings also make more sense in plan view. Where Allied Bank Plaza (1000 Louisiana, Wells Fargo Plaza) is like two quarter-circles offset diagonally, so too Allied Bank Tower at Fountain Place is a square with a parallelogram inscribed diagonally across it. The tower's peak ingeniously splits the parallelogram in half. The angles of the resulting secondary triangles are a little off visually when viewed in section, but who's counting? The bluish glass has become so imitated in Texas buildings since that it unfortunately no longer obviously links the two sibling towers.
  3. You cannot swing an armadillo in this state without hitting three cynical schemes for "economic development." How could this be anything more earnest than a cultural land-grab? It's not necessary to bother trying gamely to justify it with musical history and authentic originality hoo-hah. All about the Benjamins.
  4. parkitecture is go:
  5. "Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown" has some lessons you might appreciate on that front.
  6. Dallas' creative economy continues to fuel intown development-- 2015 US Bureau of Labor Statistics data revealed that North Texas supports 99,000 creative jobs, while Texas' second and third-ranking creative metros combine for 103,000. final.pdf
  7. Funny you should ask! I think I heard yo' mama was.* * ( so fat she preleased a super-tall)
  8. As far as I can figure, that pavilion was itself just a reference to the Church of Saint Mary in Sompting, Sussex, England. The name for that kind of roof geometry is "Rhenish helm"
  9. Kohn Pederson Fox now has a slicker sleeker updated take on the same idea completed in Shenzhen last year: 600 meters even though the spire wasn't built (so 230 meters higher than BOTSW's roof)
  10. You can change the state using the buttons at the top: Harris County had a net domestic migration of -16,000 last year, while the exurban counties of the MSA gained +45,000. Travis County picked up 8,000 compared to +15,000 into Williamson and 8,000 into Hays. The two core Metroplex counties compared to the outlying counties had +7,000 and +52,000, respectively.
  11. This would have looked better than Amegy precisely because Amegy is experienced from a glance on a freeway. But for a double block in our most historic city after El Paso... just nah.
  12. For a city as rich and warm as San Antonio, this cold pinwheel is bland, forgettable, and unreflective (pun intended) of any cultural vibrancy but that of commercial architecture production professionals' firms, which are not where the vibrancy in the field of architecture takes place. This is a site that could have tied that side of downtown together, and instead, here's what hideously little they did with the plan (site) view:
  13. 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.
  14. 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.)