Thursday, September 06, 2007

One Step Closer

From the Associated Press:

"Mayor John F. Street signed legislation that authorizes the city to enter into a long-term lease with the Barnes for a site occupied by a juvenile detention facility. That building will be torn down to make way for the Barnes' new home as soon as its population can be relocated, officials said."

Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron says this is "just the first of the Barnes' headline grabbing efforts":

"The museum, which announced a short-list of six architects this spring, and seems undeterred by the latest lawsuits aimed at stopping the move, is expected to name a designer for the project by next week. One unofficial, but informed, source predicts there is a good chance it's either going to be Rafael Moneo, author of Los Angeles' Catholic Cathedral, or Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, creators of Philadelphia's best recent building, Skirkanich Hall. The Barnes is probably the most important architectural commission of the decade, so whoever wins should be one happy designer."