We cannot think of anything more lame than still being located on Bancroft Way. Honestly, you might as well just kill yourself (cough, Alphonse Berber ….). If you didn’t already know about the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive’s impending move to where it’s at (Center and Oxford streets): duh. And, what with everyone being poor now and all, they’re working on a new building design to save some money. Get on with it!

In 1999, BAM/PFA was deemed seismically unsafe. Hence, the PFA’s on-campus relocation and BAM’s 2001 temporary retrofitting. In 2006, Toyo Ito (same dude that did the concrete beauty on Bacroft Way) was set to design a new home near the burgeoning downtown arts district. His plan would cost a cool 200 mil, almost all of which was to come from private investors.

Bam. Recession, and back to the drawing boards! The new plan will be unveiled early next year.

Editor’s Note: Edited for correct information. Toyo Ito did not design the BAM/PFA.

Image Source: mrgarin under Creative Commons.
UC Berkeley Modifying Museum Building Project; Alternate Plan Due Early Next Year [BAM/PFA]

architecture student said:
Dec 2, 2009 at 8:06 pm

The current BAM on Bancroft was definitely not designed by Toyo Ito.

Evante Garza-Licudine said:
Dec 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Thanks architecture student, the post has been edited accordingly.