Eli Broad Trims List to Two Architects, Piques Nicolai Ouroussoff’s Interest

Say what you will about Eli Broad, the man knows how to build tension and generate some press. After what seems like decades of talk about his new museum and where it’s going to go, pitting architects and whole cities against one another in the process, it feels like we’re very nearly there in getting some solid facts out of the teasing billionaire. The LA Times have broken the story that Broad has selected two finalists to design the new museum, meaning it’s now Rem Koolhaas vs. Diller, Scofidio & Renfro in the last lap to land the gig. And since they were both tasked to create something based on Los Angeles’ Grand Avenue Project space, it also seems likely a decision about location has finally been made. Although we’re nearing the end, all of this buzz over the past bazillion years was even enough for the NY Times‘ resident critic Nicolai Ouroussoff to brave the elements and talk about something happening on the competing coast. Besides presenting some interesting details here and there about Grand Avenue and the architects-in-waiting’s plans, there’s nothing we haven’t been reading since the beginning of time since this Broad first announced his plans back in, well, November of 2008. Ah, how young we all were back then. Good times.