I hope the highest points from whatever jury or selection committee on this doesn't just go to the cheapest to build. I'm almost afraid to ask, "which one do you think THAT is...?"
Anyway, I'm a bit jealous of Times Square and Hong Kong billboard and lighting excitement, but I'm not sure if any "Blade Runner" billboards will make it in San Francisco any time soon - not until the 'it's not San Francisco, or it's too big city for our village' protectors fade away. I could be wrong. Perhaps, San Francisco's natural beauty should not be distracted by too many flashing lights. Tall buildings also face similar thinking from similar people, but the times may be changing with younger people and more new immigrants from Asia, and others coming into San Francisco thinking differently...so maybe there still some hope for those flashy video walls, flashy sign boards and colorful lights after all. SOM had huge video walls in their Transbay Tower, but they so sadly lost to Pelli. Actually, I still think San Francisco should at least allow a little more carefully placed lighting action in areas such as Mission Bay to help liven the city. It would be nice to be able to see it lit up from the ballpark and the Bay Bridge at night. Every time I return to San Francisco from New York, Hong Kong or Asia, I just think, "it's just soooooo blah boring around here..." I still love San Francisco for its many other qualities though, and it's getting better!
The Federal Development proposal has no life to it. I sure hope the city picks a scheme most of us like this time. Otherwise,