Pier design’s presented to jury and public today

A panel of five judges will hear presentations from finalists vying to design the city’s new icon, a pier that will replace the inverted pyramid that opened in 1973.

The presentations begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N and are open to the public.

The design teams will use architectural drawings and three-dimensional models to explain their work. The finalists are West 8 Urban Design of New York, which is offering a concept called the Eye. BIG of Denmark and New York City has designed the Wave and Michael Maltzan Architecture of Los Angeles designed the Lens.

The jurors include experts in architecture, urban design and planning. Stanley Saitowitz is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects in San Francisco. James Moore is senior vice president of HDR, an architectural, engineering and planning firm with offices around the world, including Tampa.

Susan Fainstein is an urban planning professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a doctorate in political science. The other two jurors are elected officials: St. Petersburg City Council member Leslie Curran and Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

Source: St. Petersburg Times