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Fort Mason Design Competition Brings Out Global Talent

[Credit: Fort Mason Center]

The competition to re-imagine the tired U.S. Army piers and warehouses— now theaters, offices and event venues— at Fort Mason is well underway, and in today's Chronicle John King gives us a hint of what's to come (2nd item.) Three finalists will be chosen in July. Fifteen of the twenty firms invited to compete responded, and while King only mentions a few, the teams that have been put together are impressive. it' gone global, as even "local" firms have work all over the planet. After the jump, a look at just some of the firms involved.

First up is West 8, the Dutch urban planning superstars who have hooked with Ila Berman, director of the architecture program at CCA and an internationally respected urbanist, and local Marcel Wilson of Bionic Landscape. Also in the mix is CMG working with Potland, OR based Allied Works. Fort Mason's been looking run-down lately— the vintage adaptive re-use projects are dated– kudos to the management for recognizing this and the Tin Man Fund for underwriting the competition. As a war depot, it was deliberately set apart from the city by the Army for security reasons, plus there's the persistent lack of connection between the sea-level facilities that comprise Fort Mason Center and bosky Upper Fort Mason. Have a look at the outstanding gallery of images put together for the competition.
· Pier 29/2nd Item [John King/SF Gate]
· 2012 Design Competition [Fort Mason Center]
· Competition Reference Photos [Fort Mason Center]
· CMG [Conger Moss Guillard Landscape Architecture]
· Allied Works [Allied Works]
· Master Plan Projects [West 8]
· Bionic Landscape [Bionic Landscape]
· Fort Mason [Curbed SF Archives]

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