Monday, August 10, 2020

New San Jose Landmark Proposals!

After years of planning, we finally have an opportunity to make an internationally recognized landmark for San Jose! Urban Confluence Silicon Valley has collected hundreds of idea submissions from around the globe for an iconic landmark that incorporates modern technology, history, art, architecture, engineering, and place-making. These came from architects, artists, urban planners, and development enthusiasts from 72 different countries across 6 continents.

The next step is to choose three finalists that will each receive $150,000 to refine and re-develop their concept. After that a single winner will be chosen around April 2021 and fundraising would begin for what could be a $100 million+ project next to the SAP Center on the Arena Green.

I've gone through all 960 submissions, and some are truly epic. Below are images of my personal favorites. I love so many of these, but my vote would go to the Infinity Ring at the end (check out the video). It looks amazing despite the 200ft height restriction, you can walk inside it to cross the river while getting a view of San Jose, and it can do some impressive lighting effects than amplify it's coolness. Which is your favorite?

List of Top Submissions
List of all Submissions


The Ring


Ode To Nature


The Statue of Innovation


The Bulb


Urban Spiral


The Caterpillar


Super Natural Skypark


San Jose


Kinetic Obelisk


Land Lux


The Guadaloop


The Infinity Ring

3 comments:

  1. My top 3 are "The Infinity Ring", "The Bulb" and "The Ring".

    Each totally stand out

    ReplyDelete
  2. The Infinity Ring and the Bulb are my top two

    ReplyDelete
  3. While the art is nice and all, I would honestly much rather the money it would take to build these things be used for . . . anything else? It would be so much better if that money could be spent on the schools in San Jose, hospitals, or literally anything else.

    ReplyDelete