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Predock-designed building in California faces demolition.

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Oct. 28, 2010 at 11:38 am with No Comments »
October 28, 2010 12:38 pm

Antoine Predock is best known around here for his design of the new Tacoma Art Museum.

This post from The Architect’s Newspaper covers the controversy around plans to demolish a building of his design at the Pomona campus of Cal Poly.

The tower, with its soaring form, is visible from the I-10 freeway and also doubles as a wayfinding device on campus, helping visitors move through a school that university president Michael Ortiz calls “difficult to navigate.” The structure has been featured in numerous films and television spots, and is even integrated into the university’s logo. Its presence will not be easily replicated.

The university says the 1993 complex is structurally deficient and poorly designed for education uses. Predock told the website: “In their haste to find a quick solution to common structural problems, university officials have chosen to raze this important visual landmark and, by doing so, will demolish a vital part of the university’s identity.”

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