lockmat Posted June 10, 2007 Share Posted June 10, 2007 (edited) Chronicle has a good article on him in today's paper.http://chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4876742.htmlJust some quotes I found interesting:Hines raised the bar by showing that quality and financial success can be mutually attainable.He was one of the first developers to hire world-famous architects, believing tenants would flock to top-quality buildings, even in a down market.And architects appreciated his vision."Many developers just want to tell the architect what they want," said Gyo Obata, a founding partner of HOK, the company that designed the Galleria. ''I think he's one of the few developers that really listens to the architect."That's not to say he's not a demanding client.Hines said he rejected Philip Johnson's first four designs for Post Oak Central, an office complex on Post Oak, because "they didn't make sense economically and real estatewise.""We like problem areas because other people will normally try to avoid those and we'll try to figure it out," Hines said.I wonder what the best "probelm area" is prime for taking on right now?Hines' legacy includes setting a standard of quality. He's obsessive over small details, such as the weight of a door, the feel of a handle or the look of a sign.Breath of fresh air.He's pleased with the way Houston has developed but thinks more housing would be good for downtown. "I think dead cities at night are dangerous and cause all kinds of problems and lead to rapid deterioration," he said.Does anyone know if he's had any recent projects here or if he's currently got one going on? Edited June 11, 2007 by lockmat Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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