We ignore press releases. They don't usually include the stuff we want to know, but one filtered down to us from Curbed Worldwide about Starchitect Daniel Libeskind, the former master planner of post-9/11 Ground Zero who has yet to build anything in New York except heaps of abuse.
Yes, he's got a hole in the ground in San Francisco which will soon rise as the Jewish Museum of Contemorary Art. And now his hi-rise residential and retail project Aura will go ahead as planned in Sacramento. Developer Craig Nassi says the building is 81% sold and will move forward despite perceived softness in the condo market in general and a downturn in Sacramento area real estate. There's also nothing like it in Sacramento- it should fill a niche for both high design and legislator's mistresses.
No word on what stage the project's in approvals-wise or if the 81% are actually nailed down by 3% non-refundable deposits. A reason to go to Sacramento (not even the Governor shows up much there, apparently) and just a short hop to other Starchitect Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge near Redding.
· Daniel Libeskind
· Sundial Bridge [Google]