Urban Confluence Silicon Valley

Phase 2 Public Comments and Q&A

ATTENTION: Since the March 2017 creation of the San Jose Light Tower Corp, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, our goal has been to create the largest private gift ever given to the people of San Jose and Silicon Valley.  The vast majority of the work being done by our team is performed by local volunteers, not paid staff or consultants.  As everyone in the world has had to face the daily challenges of this unprecedented world pandemic, we are all now is looking for something positive.  The Urban Confluence Silicon Valley project can be part of the fresh start we are all looking forward to on the other side of the pandemic.

The Urban Confluence Silicon Valley team has, from the beginning of both phases of the International Open Ideas Competition, pledged to be fully compliant with all environmental regulations.  We have experienced environmental consultants on the team who have informed us with technical information to include in the Phase One and Phase Two briefs. Riparian setback requirements will be adhered to, and lighting levels and wavelengths will comply with environmental and FAA requirements.   As the chosen design moves into the next level of design development (Phase 3 is described on or website), we will implement bird safe design strategies to minimize the possibility of bird strikes.  Based on input from our team of consultants, and also environmentally sensitive advisors to our team, we are confident our planned project will become a world class iconic landmark that members our community will be proud to claim as their own. Finally, we pledge to execute this project in an environmentally responsible manner, as an example for future projects built on public parks in urban centers.

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley has held numerous community meetings, and we plan to continue our constant outreach to the entire community.

1. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
This is an awesome project!!!! Thank you!


2. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q: How tall is this first example
A: The three finalists' designs are all approximately 200 feet tall.


3. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Just wondering….are there safe lanes to walk along? Looks like could fall off the sides????
A: The project design documents will go through city reviews and approvals, and will be in compliance with the current Uniform Building Code (UBC) adopted by the City of  San Jose, and will also be compliant with the current California “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) regulations.


4. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q: #1 really engaged me but per Jeanne’s question, the last photo did not look safe for people viewing.
A: The project design documents will go through city reviews and approvals, and will be in compliance with the current Uniform Building Code (UBC) adopted by the City of  San Jose, and will also be compliant with the current California “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) regulations.


5. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Wonderland is interesting, …… a puzzle just as it was for Alice!


6. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
I think it is important to keep in mind on going maintenance issues of a large and complex project of this kind
A:
We will put immense energy into the cleaning and maintenance of the landmark,  We are 100% committed to a beautiful, safe, and clean park. A financially sustainable Operations and Maintenance plan that ensures the built project is properly maintained is being developed.


7. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
So far, Nebula is my favorite…. I really like connecting past with present/future….and possiblilities for illumination….


8. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Art piece #1- what about security? How is that funded?- it looks like you can walk on platforms. What is the security so you don't fall off.  - is there an elevator?  What about ADA?

Art piece #2.  Beautiful!- what about security? How is that funded?

Art piece #3- what about security? How is that funded?  - is there an elevator?  What about ADA?

A: The project design documents will go through city reviews and approvals, and will be in compliance with the current Uniform Building Code (UBC) adopted by the City of  San Jose, and will also be compliant with the current California “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA) regulations.


9. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
What happens to the carousel?
A:
The future of the carousel is not determined.  Various groups are advocating for it to be relocated.


10. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Yo, what happens when there ain’t no wind for that wind powered one?  I just be dark?
A:
This will be determined during Phase 3.


11. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
"Wonderland" appears to be at its best at night.  San Jose doesn't attract many tourists at night so it seems that it will be very blah during the day.


12. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Which have anything enclosed for weather issues?
A:
All 3 finalists include various indoor spaces that can be seen in the submitted plans.


13. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

I am certain you are checking on safety and all that…. I’m looking at aestheics too….. i think Nebula combines the other two before that…. and I like how it envelopes the past with the future….


14. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q:
How much budget will be planned to maintain the electronics over the years to come?
A: Electronics will be maintained as part of the comprehensive Operations and Maintenance plan.


15. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q:
Who will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance costs for the structure - City or privately funded?
A:
Privately funded.


16. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q: Do you have a lot of people participating in this tonight?
A:
Approximately 70 people participated in tonight's webinar.


17. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
is it possible to have us/the community involved in this project even after the finalist is selected? involvement after the project is awarded is appreciated!
A:
Volunteers and donors are always welcome.


18. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

In this day and age you’re building a pointless light source in the middle of a riparian habitat along a river. Just put graffitti boards up.  This reminds many of the Hunger Games. Nobody’s buying in - you only invite those in your pockets.


19. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
All three projects are creative and imaginative and beautiful.  Any one of them would be a signature landmark and add significant and needed magnetism to our downtown.


20. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

If you can’t run a power point what makes you think you can build something more complex?


21. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Are there any concerns for flying birds? Or other critters? I mean if they get confused and crash into the structures? Please don’t get me wrong…. I’m all for this!
A:
The riparian corridor, flora, and fauna will all be fully respected and protected throughout the design and construction processes.

Bird safety will be a critical part of the final design.


22. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
One of the projects appeared to have an "arena" area (I believe it had a piano there).  Is the intent to activate that for entertainment as well?
A:
Arena Green activation will be developed during Phase 3 likely including spaces for entertainment.


23. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
will a local SJ design firm produce the construction documents? I'm a San Jose design drafter and would love to work on this project!
A: The process related to selection of contractors and additional design consultants is currently being developed


24. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Can any kind of solar be part of the installations?
A:
The winning design will be for a Net Zero project that will include PV Solar in addition to other energy generation stategies.


25. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
Will you have security cameras around the icon?
A:
A security system will be installed.  Design details are not yet determined.


26. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

Q:
What’s the easiest way to share this presentation with our neighborhood association?
A:
All of our presentations are available on our Urban Confluence website.


27. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

It's in Sal Pizzaro's column in the Mercury today.


28. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Job well done Steve and Christine! I look forward to seeing the final selection.


29. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Thanks so much for all you are doing!


30. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q: For the last several yrs both rivers are infested  with homeless... i for one as an investors... two things... the rivers are magnets to the HL... what guarantees have you I gotten from counsel members that the viewing of SJ landscape that is portrayed in each of the presentations... will be reality.... i as a citizen has asked for the clean up of all the rivers... and there has nothing been done...
A:
Urban Confluence is certainly not capable of solving our massive homeless crisis alone. We hope to work with the many like-minded groups trying to solve this tragic problem. 


31. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1

The first entry had a performing area and a piano. I vote for that.  I already have an idea for a great concert with Katya Grineva to perform there (solo female pianist with most times performed at Carnegie Hall and a friend to San Jose). Maybe Steinway Society (she is a member) or some other arts groups could help support.


32. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
Q: How much influence will the community have on the final selection?
A: All of the comments and questions from our first 4 community meetings and those received from the "Leave a Comment" button on the Urban Confluence website will be provided to the Jury along with answers. The Jury has been instructed to respect all community comments and questions


33. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #1
I like the way the Breeze of Innovation is not a static structure, yet it reflects the memory of the original Light Tower.


34. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
This is going to be amazing! Love it


35. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: what is the completion year estimate?
A:
This will be determined during Phase 3, which begins after the San Jose City Council considers the jury's final recommendation on May 4.


36. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: The City is proposing a series of large Digital Billboards along freeways and in public spaces throughout Downtown.  Can you speak to how this plan might effect your project?
A: We will review all site activation strategies during Phase 3, which begins after the San Jose City Council considers the jury's final recommendation on May 4.


37. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: all three structures will allow public to walk to their highest levels?
A: Yes. We plan to create a dramatic and dynamic experience at the top of our project.


38. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: These truly are amazing, but San Jose's history did not begin when our technology started to grow ~ our history includes indigenous peoples and as an agrarian center. Was this considered?
A: Yes. We will develop strategies related to the history of Arena Green during Phase 3, which begins after the San Jose City Council considers the jury's final recommendation on May 4.


39. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: Does the project include spaces for outdoor performances?
A: Yes. The specifics will be developed during Phase 3, which begins after the San Jose City Council considers the jury's final recommendation on May 4.


40. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: It looks like the Nebula Tower has dining space at the top and also possibly at the bottom?  Can you confirm this and also say if the other two have these amenities?
A: Please see the three teams' drawings on the Urban Confluence website landing page to see their specific food and beverage solutions.  All three include solutions, but they do not all include solutions at the top.


41. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: Will the public have a chance to vote on the finalist, in an advisory capacity?
A: The competition jury will be instructed to pay particular attention to all questions and comments received from members of our community, but no formal advisory votes will be counted.


42. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
thank you for dreaming big


43. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Just wanted to say, great job! Finally people thinking about San Jose in a positive/forward thinking light…BTW  Breeze of Innovation for me


44. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Q: I would emphasize that this is a gift and  money doesn’t come out of the city of SJ. I get this question asked all the time.
A: Thank you.  Urban Confluence will indeed be a gift to the people of San Jose, Silicon Valley, and the world.


45. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
After seeing the presentations, our household votes for The Nebula Tower. It seems far and away superior to the other two...it gave us a thrill to see it,  where the others did not.  And, we do not like Wonderland at all...it is too "Disneyland" and looks like it would be quickly dated. We love this project and feel that it's the perfect thing for San Jose right now! You guys are doing a wonderful job of making this happen!!


46. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #2
Thank you so much Christine


47. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: what park are you in at the time
A: The background on Steve's screen during the Community Meeting videos is Arena Green.


48. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: Can you please post the link to the presentation? Thank You
A: Recordings of Commnity Meetings are all available on the Urban Confluence website in the "Community Meetings" section.


49. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

thank you!


50. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: It's great to see such energy and San Jose pride being summoned to a common goal.  When visiting the site, I worry the location and opulence of this symbol might further highlight the disparities visible to anyone who walks or bicycles here.  If a visitor feels the contrast between a $100M+ architectural tribute to tech and the many residents who have lost housing partly as a consequence of that success, it may actually detract from the mission.  As part of the project's success, is it all possible for the SJLTC staff and donors to couple this generous gift with a commitment from the City Council to arrange shelter for the many homeless residents along the river corridor, especially those directly displaced by this project?  I understand proposals to accomplish this will be brought before Council this year by Ragan Henninger, Deputy Director of the San Jose Housing Department and could benefit from SJLTC's support.
A:We are not able to make commitments on behalf of the city council. We are hopeful that the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley project will be a catalyst for creative solutions to some of our most difficult societal problems. Since the March 2017 creation of the San Jose Light Tower Corp, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, our goal has been to create the largest private gift ever given to the people of San Jose and Silicon Valley. The vast majority of the work being done by our team is performed by local volunteers, not paid staff or consultants. As everyone in the world has had to face the daily challenges of this unprecedented world pandemic, we are all now is looking for something positive. The Urban Confluence Silicon Valley project can be part of the fresh start we are all looking forward to on the other side of the pandemic. The Urban Confluence Silicon Valley team has, from the beginning of both phases of the International Open Ideas Competition, pledged to be fully compliant with all environmental regulations. We have experienced environmental consultants on the team who have informed us with technical information to include in the Phase One and Phase Two briefs. Riparian setback requirements will be adhered to, and lighting levels and wavelengths will comply with environmental and FAA requirements. As the chosen design moves into the next level of design development (Phase 3 is described on or website), we will implement bird safe design strategies to minimize the possibility of bird strikes. Based on input from our team of consultants, and also environmentally sensitive advisors to our team, we are confident our planned project will become a world class iconic landmark that members our community will be proud to claim as their own. Finally, we pledge to execute this project in an environmentally responsible manner, as an example for future projects built on public parks in urban centers.


51. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: Can we the public vote on a final or is this out of our hands?
A: There will not be a formal public vote, but all questions and comments we receive will be shared with the competition jury, city council, mayor, San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission, San Jose Public Arts Committee, and senior City of San Jose staff.


52. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: As your part of the solution, would you consider including adoption by the city of such a plan as a condition for providing this gift?  Given the renewed focus on equity in the planning and architecture communities, this could also provide an opportunity to build a monument to San Jose's compassion in addition to celebrating technology and engineering.
A: We do not plan to make the adoption of a city homeless plan a condition of our gift. Our project celebrates the spirit of innovation.


53. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: Is there an opportunity to comment rather than question?
A: Yes--please see the "Leave a Comment" button on the Urban Confluence website's landing page.


54. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: Which design uses the least amount of energy for the lighting effects?
A: The preliminary energy calculations appear in the three submissions on the Urban Confluence website.


55. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: I’m excited about this, but have some concerns. The Alice design seems like it could be more distracting to cars on the nearby highway. Is that a consideration that you’d be making? Also, would you be making it clear that there would be no commercial material projected onto the surfaces?
A: The selection criteria appear in the Phase 2 Brief. The content of material that might be projected onto the surfaces of the project will be determined beginning in Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.


56. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
These were spectacular. Very emotional and moving presentations. Very excited!!!


57. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: Where will the public restrooms be placed within proximity of each design?
A: Please see the three finalists' submittals on the Urban Confluence website to see the locations of restrooms.


58. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: Will cost factors play a role in how the final project will be selected? Did it play a role in the selection of the final three?
A: No. Thus far the jury has not considered estimated project costs as selection criteria, but we might have them consider estimated project costs as part of their final deliberations on March 6.


59. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: What is the height of the SAP Center? I worry about air traffic right over these projects?
A: The SAP Center is approximately 120 feet above ground. One Engine Inoperable (OEI) city guidelines at Arena Green allow structures approximately 200 feet above ground.


60. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Breeze of Inovation is a hands down winner in my book because, unlike the other two contenders which are essentially cast in steel in perpetuity, Breeze is a blank canvas that can be programmed to render Wonderland, the Nebula or just about anyting else including messaging welcoming guests as they prepare for touchdown at SJC.


61. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: As I am sure there will be an admission fee to the actual artwork, how do you guarantee that all people of San Jose have the ability to visit?
A: We intend to have our project open to the public, but there could be parts of the project that require an admission fee at certain times. We will consider having times available when there is no admission charge. The details will be developed during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.

62. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: do you have a target/goal for the number of newly for created jobs for the operations, maintenance and security of this new icon?
A: Not yet. Operational plans will be developed during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.


63. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: will the coloration and patterns change from time to time? Seasonal themes, honoring events (Sharks victory? Valentine pink & July 4th red white & blue? Don't want Pepsi ads, etc. projected on structure, but city council can change their minds any Tuesday.
A: Our goal is to create a landmark that includes dramatic lighting that will be extremely flexible. Specifics will be developed during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected. The city council will need to approve all details.


64. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3
Q: Is it very hard to invision how each designs fits within the existing site and it surrounding environment, i.e,street level views from Santa Clara Street, view of it relationships to Confluence Point etc.. the scale of the urban realm needs to be understood. The carousel is either in or out should be know before a design is approved. If it stays it need to be shown of how it relates to the design.
A: We plan to carefully review future plans for the carousel during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.


65. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: For two of them, it looks like the public can walk up into the structures. Is that correct?
A: All 3 of the finalists' designs include the ability to walk or take an elevator to the top or close to the top of the structure.


66. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: Will these be free to visit (ride the elevators)? - for residents?
A: We intend to have our project open to the public. There could be parts of the project that require an admission fee, but we will likely have times available when there is no admission charge. The details will be developed during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.


67. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: I love all three but I am concerned that Wonderland will be difficult to keep clean, due to its proximity to the street, freeway, and approach to SJC.
A: Proper cleaning and maintenance will be a priority regardless of which design is built.


68. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: Are you aware that NASA, the Florida Atlantic University, The Scientist magazine, Physics.org, and other scientific institutions have found clear correlations between light pollution and harm to wildlife and humans?
A: Biology and lighting studies appear on the Urban Confluence website in "Competition / Resources for Submitters". All 3 teams include lighting experts and lighting strategies will continue to be developed during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.


69. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: The forms of Wonderland look difficult to keep clean.
A: Proper cleaning and maintenance will be a priority regardless of which design is built.


70. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

As usual, this group uses straw man arguments.


71. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Q: Can The winner project include technological ability to display international knowledge for different countries on the out side display
A: Technological details related to the winning design will be developed during Phase 3, which will begin after the winning design is selected.


72. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #3

Thank you, Steve and Christine!


73. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: Why would anyone in their right mind "take BART and be in San Francisco in an hour or so" when they can take Caltrain and make the same trip in 45 minutes?
A: People currently use Caltrain, Amtrak, buses, and light rail to travel to various destinations. BART will be a new option.



74. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: What is the rough total budget for each of these?
A: The project budgets will be shared with the public after the jury ranks the three finalists on March 6.



75. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: Does the ‘Breeze of Innovation’ move not only under wind but from the movement of people walking in it?
A: The vertical rods on the Breeze of Innovation will move when a horizontal force of wind is applied, but will not move significantly from occupants walking up the structure, as the walkways are all fixed in place and braced with the horizontal connectors. The structure is designed so that the perception is that the entire structure is moving. In reality, only the upper third of the structure moves, excluding the area of ramps and pedestrian platforms that do not move as they are supported on fixed columns.



76. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: Are the ground level sculptures (stacked cubes) in the “Nebula” project a part of the building or meant to be filled by other artists later?
A: The designer's intention is for this space to be used for rotating or permanent displays of art works by a variety of artists.


77. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: can the Carrousel remain alongside whatever design is selected so young children and families can have that as additional entertainment
A: The precise location of the winning design will be finalized during Phase 3, which begins after the San Jose City Council considers the jury's final recommendations on May 4. The carousel might influence the project's location if it remains in Arena Green.


78. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: Is the bridge in “Breeze” and “Nebula” integral to those plans or is that a city planning projection?
A: The designs of all three finalists include bridges of various types. They were not developed by City of San Jose staff.


79. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: How do these pieces capture hope, healing and the human condition?
A: It is difficult to quantify the emotions elicited by art and architecture, but we hope the winning project inspires hope and healing.


80. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: I logged on late….what country are each of the designers from? Their designs seem so global.
A: The designer of Welcome to Wonderland was born in Japan, the Nebula Tower designer was born in China, and the designer of Breeze of Innovation was born in Spain.


81. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: What are the accessory stuctures for these projects (restaurants, convention/workshop space, restrooms, etc)?
A: Activation elements wil be developed during Phase 3, which begins after the San Jose City Council considers the jury's final recommendations on May 4.


82. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: Is there a reason that “Wonderland” focuses on non-native flora? If it moves ahead some live oak, CA poppy, and redwood are necessary to have local connection…
A: Local plants will be added to the Welcome to Wonderland design during the next phase if this submission is the winning design.


83. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: With all the visitors you are expecting, how will the neighborhood be impacted by this increased traffic?
A: Neighborhood impacts will be studied as part of the EIR / CEQA study which will take place after the winning design is selected.


84. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: These objects will be lit in the evening, how will affect the residents?
A: Neighborhood impacts will be studied as part of the EIR / CEQA study which will take place after the winning design is selected.


85. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Q: My question was not car traffic but visitors walking or cycling creating traffic.
A: Neighborhood impacts will be studied as part of the EIR / CEQA study which will take place after the winning design is selected.


86. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
Locating the project in the west side of the river will give the monument more views from the highway


87. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #4
I hear that the Lupin in Wonderland are native to California


88. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: "two questions: 1) have all finalists been vetted for eco friendliness? Especially with regard to our birds populations, migratory paths, etc
2) Are all three equally easy for people to photograph as a "whole" visual? It's not iconic if only a small part is seen in photographs."
A: We have not “vetted” the 3 finalists for eco-friendlies, but their designs will be held to very high standards during Phase 3. We have had independent third party consultants do lighting and biology studies (that appear on our website) and all 3 teams will include environmental and lighting experts during Phase 3. We wll consider the ease to photograph during Phase 3 as we design the activation details that might include viewing platforms.


89. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: Additionally, what cities (countries) do the finalists currently headquarter from? (We have what countries where the finalists were born.) Are resumes online?
A: The Welcome to Wonderland designer lives in San Diego, the Nebula Tower designer lives in China, and the Breeze of Innovation designer lives in Australia.


90. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: How will the Flora design deal with the feces that will be left on/under by birds that will perch and nest there?
A: Each of the 3 finalists’ designs include maintenance and cleaning challenges. We will create a maintenance plan that includes cleaning during the next Phase.


91. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: The Welcome to Wonderland design has a lot of large complex-shaped metallic floral pieces. This suggests it may require more effort to maintain all the nooks, petals and leaves, compared to the other two seemingly simpler design proposals. My question: Is the overall cost/effort of maintaining each design being taken into consideration by the Jury as part of the decision-making process?
A: Yes, the jury will take this into consideration, as it is covered in the evaluation criteria.


92. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: I got into the meeting late, was there mention of when the winning entry will be chosen.
A: The jury will rate the 3 finalists on March 6 and the City Council will consider the rankings on May 4.


93. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: Each submittal appear be shown and designed as an independent project within an exisiting urban realm? when will the designs engage the surrounding sites?
A: We will definitely study all surrounding projects to make sure our design is created with attention to all of them.


94. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Thank you.


95. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
Q: The City is planning to install a series of large Digital Billboards along freeways on City property and in public spaces throughout Downtown - including two on the SAP Center site, and 2 along 87 freeway. Have there been any consideration as to how these large LED lit displays may negatively impact the visual aesthetic of whichever design is chosen? Especially at night?
A: We will carefully study the city policy related to digital billlboards as we move forward.


96. Question or Comment Received from Urban Confluence Community Meeting #5
FYI - the City Council only voted to halt Phase2 digital signage on privately owned property; the Phase1 billboards of up to 22 signs are planning to continue (including the locations noted above)


97. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: I like breeze of innovation and the nebula light tower because they are bringing more than the main structure to the project. Both have bridges, public gathering spaces, and opportunities for artists to create again within their bounds. Wonderland does not seem have to have the same capacity for multiple interpretations and public gathering. The edge that breeze of innovation has is that it is wind powered and therefore more innovative in materiality than nebula tower. This also is a point of quelling my fears that any of these will be way too bright - not just for fauna but for humans. I would hope that breeze of innovation is enacted entirely off grid, making it the most environmentally sustainable structure.
A: Lighting will be used that is sensitive to the riparian corridor, flora, and fauna--and compliant with FAA requirements. Please see the lighting and biology reports on the Uban Confluence website in "Competition / Resources for Submitters".


98. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Wow, I would really love to see the flower Alice in the Wonderland one in real life! Ironically, compared to the other two, it even seems to have solved many of the ADA and structural issues - that its the most feasible. As a San Jose resident, it would be so exciting to see something of such innovative spirit of the city realized.


99. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
This valley was founded on agriculture. So it’s fitting that the choice with the plants is the only valid one

100. Question or Comment Received for Urban Confluence 3 Finalists
Q: I like the Tower more than the other two. How much will it take to be kept clean?
A: Cleaning, operations, and maintenance schedules and budgets will be developed during Phase 3, after the winning design is selected.


101. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula tower all the way!



102. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I love the Nebula Tower. It will inspire awe and wonder, which we could all use a little more of.


103. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The three positive, dynamic designs honor the importance of community, creative engagement, beauty and grace.


104. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Beautiful


105. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q:"How will any of these be universally designed so that all residents and visitors in San Jose and Santa Clara County, especially disabled residents? Sadly, once again I see a failure of this City/County to truly represent and serve all. Huge elaborate structures will say special things to some, but to others, they will continue to say you are not welcome here and we can put extra work so you can enjoy this one piece but not the whole structure."
A: The built project will be fully compliant with California ADA regulations. Inclusivity is one of our most important goals. Everyone will be welcome and accommodated.


106. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"Wow!! Love the Breeze of Innovation and The Nebula Tower! They both would fit in well in San Jose. They are very light an airy looking, and I love that the Breeze of Innovation moves. Love how they both look inside looking up and out too. I did not like the Welcome to Wonderland. It does not look like a design made for the future, it looks very clunky, and does not look like it would fit in well in the surroundings.
Looking forward to see the winner!
Thank You!"


107. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula rules!


108. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The nebula tower!!!!! Stunning, impressive, and just what the community needs!


109. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
All look amazing, what a great initiative. Thanks for sharing and asking for feedback. I love the Nebula tower!


110. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula Tower


111. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I am fascinated by the Nebula Tower and would love to someday see it in person.


112. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I enjoyed reviewing all of the finalist and felt that The Nebula Tower was more elegant than the other finalists.


113. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"The Nebula is everything! Beyond speaking to the origins of the universe the design is like the beginning of any creation.
It allows for imagination of endless possibilities and also speaks to every beginning. Bravo to the design team!"


114. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
" -The Nebula Tower hits home. Touches me in a different way. A native of the Bay Area, San Jose, I can see this being a new icon of Silicon Valley and Downtown San Jose. San Francisco has Transamerica and the Salesforce Tower. How cool and proud would it be for us to say that we have the Nebula Tower! Something we can truly engage in and have that represents us. Amongst the two other great concepts, this one truly is San Jose! Would love to see this come into life."


115. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Silicon Valley is known for its innovative technology but not for its architecture. That's slowly changing with projects like the Apple campus and NVIDIA. The Nebula Tower is stunning and would add much interest in that regard. Would love to see this one come to fruition!


116. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
None of the 3 should be built. An icon will not make San Jose a destination site for the casual tourist. It is a nice place to live and we should be happy that tourists largely ignore our area. Moreover, any attempts to compete with San Francisco are doomed to laughable failures.


117. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
As a local to San Jose and the bay area, I really appreciate the thought that each applicant has placed on their designs. I really find the nebula tower design as the most appropriate design to incorporate our thoughts of a diverse and inclusive future based on a static structure that fits into the landscape while providing flexibility to adapt its message and experience over time.


118. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula tower is a fascinating concept.


119. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
They are all very impressive, but my favorite - by far- is Nebula tower. I have spent significant time in San Jose at the film festival and is the only one of the three designs which is both beautiful and truly works in the growing city's decor. It's beautiful and functional and makes me want to go to the top of the tower and see the city below.


120. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Wow. These are great designs... but I think the Nebula would be the most classy, beautiful addition to our amazing city. The shape & rendition is timeless and would truly enhance the area. Great choice!


121. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
This is breathtaking. I am not often rendered speechless about design but this Nebula Tower was simply mind-blowing. Sleek, modern and ORIGINAL. I can truly say I have never seen anything like it. If ever there were something created to be a standing centerpiece to a space it is this. It is art in structure. BRAVO!


122. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula Tower is outstanding!


123. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula tower is great


124. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Love the Nebula Tower!


125. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I can see why you have chosen these 3 finalists. The Nebula Tower is so dope though!? It is super cool! The colors, architecture and multi-purpose/functionality would be an awesome addition to the city.


126. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula entry: Playful . . . . poetic . . . . timeless! It speaks to San Jose, in terms of where it's been, what it is today, and how it can grow with the future.


127. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula Tower is so cool! It makes me want to go in person and it fits the vibe of the surrounding area so well. It also managed to feel organic even though it is obviously so modern. Just love it.


128. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula


129. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
A disappointing result. None of these are memorable or iconic, they don't reflect the people who live here, and they each require explanation for someone to get the point of the structure. I wouldn't want to see money spent on any of them.


130. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I love the Nebula Tower by Co-Milieu. It's such a beautiful way to honor the historic light tower.


131. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula tower has the opportunity to become to San Jose what the Vessel has become to NYC. It is a timeless design with a meaningful message and provides ample social and viewing perspectives for visitors. It is by far the best selection choice and one that will put Silicon Valley on the map for creative interactive art.


132. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I vote for Nebula Tower, although Welcome to Wonderland share a similar concept. Nebula Tower has a stronger, clearer concept.


133. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
It has got to be the Nebula Tower and nothing else. I love the fact that it weaves into the fabric of Downtown SJ history. I didn't feel that connection with the other two finalists. My vote is for the Nebula Tower!


134. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I like the first scheme as well as the third. They have a lot in common. I notice in the first design video, the team mentioned a lot about Silicon Valley companies. I wondering can we ask those companies to donate money to have their designated TUBE, so the whole construction fee could be saved significantly. Thank you!


135. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I was born and raised in San Jose. I would like to voice my support for Welcome to Wonderland. Although the other two submissions are thoughtful designs, I find it difficult to reconcile the fact they are both amorphous while the goal is to establish an identifiable landmark. Welcome to Wonderland, on the other hand, is very unique and plays off of San Jose's history as the garden city.


136. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The first video shown was spectacular!!


137. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
My favorite is the "Breeze of Innovation"


138. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: Welcome to wonderland! Inclusive and vibrant. Everyone could enjoy it! All entries are beautiful.Nwbula Tower with A roof top bar infers exclusivity. A public platform for viewing would be appropriate.
A: There are public viewing platforms at or near the top of all 3 of the finalists' submissions.


139. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I really love the Breeze of Innovation because it has so many more dimensions of interest including the movement and the view from the top platform of a see or field of lights. I also think that the concept really fits in with San Jose and Silicon Valley. This would be my first choice as the iconic landmark.


140. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I believe that welcome to Wonderland would be the most unique project that would make San Jose stand out the most. The other two submissions are great but you can’t tell what they are from the outside. Additionally Welcome to Wonderland fits into San Jose’s street art scenes, it adds a pop of color to the cityscape much like the murals, painted electrical boxes, and colorful lighting that you see all over downtown does. I believe that if San Jose is getting a unique landmark it should be something that no one has ever seen before. Something which fits better into the culture of Silicon Valley. We are not a place that just puts out a box that sways in the wind, we dream the world we want to see and we make it real, whether that dream be computers or if that dream be a wonderland on Earth.


141. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula Tower


142. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Wonderland all the way!


143. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
San Jose needs welcome to wonderland! It is the most unique and the most beautiful! It would make San Jose iconic


144. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: I am disappointed with the three finalists. I thought that there were many superior submissions that were striking visually as well as providing ample space for education and entertainment. The Nebula looks more impressive than its earlier design, which appeared to be 200 feet of scaffolding. The Breeze of Innovation is inventive but I seriously worry about suicides (refer to The Vessel structure at Hudson Yard in Manhattan: recently closed due to three suicides). PLEASE, SAN JOSĖ: Don’t choose the “garish “ and “gaudy” Welcome To Wonderland (architect’s description);it looks dead and lifeless in the daylight and grotesque after dark. I envision hordes of stoners stumbling through, slurring “DUUUUUDE” and giggling.
A: We intend to incorporate design elements that meet or exceed local buiding code requirements, including installing handrails that are higher than what is required. Agressive safety strategies will be fully developed during Phase 3, after the winning design is selected.


145. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"All of the presentations were impressive. However, I am finding it easy to rank the finalists, so here they are from my most to least favored.
1. Nebula Tower - the structure itself is beautiful, but as important was the extent to which the team has taken care to think about how it fits into San Jose. That includes the setting, our history, and our future. I particularly like the gathering place at the top as something I think will draw attention and energy. The considerations related to the natural setting and environmental impact were thoughtful and enlightening. The team's connection to all things San Jose -- including the arts community -- were a bonus.
2. Breeze of Innovation - beautiful and also integrated with the local identity, but more about Silicon Valley than San Jose. That said, this design is inspiring and would be a fine choice.
3. Welcome to Wonderland is the loser in my view. This theme park style structure is eye-popping, but it could be located anywhere. And the lack of equity consideration of having a paywall to enter feels very wrong for our city center."


146. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Frankly, I am unimpressed. Breeze has no visual/artistic suggestion of our past, present, or future nor the multi-cultural nature of our community or industries. It looks like tall weeds. Are we blades of grass blowing in the wind? Wonderland does not belong. We are not inheritors of the rich literary history of Lewis Carroll. If that were the case, we should have chosen something reflective of John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath perhaps?). Steinbeck is longer, richer, more influential than the tower. And Steinbeck once lived in Monte Sereno. Of the three, Nebula Tower has the most potential. However, it's still a basic cube (boring) with LED's and a shadow of the San Jose Tower. It's not as eye catching as our airport design and lighting (spectacular by the way). Why have two LED towers so close to one another? What's original about LED towers anyway? Why does the historic tower have to be the source of inspiration? It was not long lived. The attachment to the original tower is way too constraining for the imagination. This valley has a rich cultural heritage of native American, Latinx, Asian, and pioneering agriculture. We live on their shoulders too. Our parking lots cover some of the richest topsoil in the country. Clearly and obviously technology has put us on the map worldwide and should be well represented in the design, but it is not all there is. Artistic fascination that lasts is critical to a structure such as this. It will also be lucky if it succeeds. So we have to be better than lucky. Herman Miller wrote, "An ugly building is forever." We have too many of those already. This has the unfortunate potential of lasting about as long as the original light tower. Ordinary people from multi-racial, ethnic backgrounds need to see themselves in the design not just the phone in their pocket or the laptop at work. The problem is that who we are as human beings who live and work here collectively from all over the world are invisible as a whole. But the artist's challenge is to really see us. What image captures our people and landscape (lacking destination appeal) and creativity? A hard question. The messaging in these models manufacture meaning that is not readily available to the viewer. I doubt anyone of us would have noticed on our own what was communicated about each design. We're being told what we want to hear. But I'm not seeing it. There is no "AHAH!" of inspiration and recognition that the artists "know" us as a "location" and "inspiration" on the earth. I appreciate the value of sustainability, use of lighting, and green technology (all musts) but visually I do not see or experience the Valley of Heart's Delight and the Silicon Valley. I see nothing that expressed why "I want to live here." This was a tall order. These three finalists are not it for me. I can only encourage the decision makers to keep going. Try to imagine 5-10 years from now and ask, "Looking back does this structure still grab me?" (think of automobile design like Ford vs. Porsche). The wrong road is a long way back.


147. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
While still underwhelming compared to some of the original submissions that weren't selected, Breeze of Innovation is really the only viable option of the three finalists. Wonderland is not symbolic of anything San Jose or Silicon Valley and would be more suitable at Happy Hollow than Downtown. The Nebula lacks inspiration and will turn into nothing more than a roost for birds and homeless after its first 6 months. If you refuse to re-open the contest to some of the more unique original submissions, please choose Breeze.


148. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"To me, this represents what Steve was trying to initially accomplish when he proposed something recognizing the original San Jose light tower. In my opinion, whatever design is chosen, it must be monumental, ,i.e.: huge. Think of all the iconic monuments in the world and all of them are very big. San Jose needs something that the world will recognize as worthy to represent Silicon Valley. I think this design is worthy of that distinction."


149. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: "These CCP selections are amazing! While this has an imposing scale it lacks imagination. It's like planting a bunch of those inflatable things that car dealers use and putting some logos on them. I don't get it. I'm also surprised that all 3 selections are all-white. What will make these of any interest during the day? This is one is like blanched cattails, another is a white blob and the third is a white Jenga viewing tower. How are any "of their place" or interacting with the site? I'm sorry to say that I'm disappointed in the range of selections from the remarkable variety submitted. If we must stick with these three, then the white blob offers some interest up close and has associations with San Jose and the natural surroundings in the park. I've donated a couple times and looking forward to doing so a couple more times. Stay safe and well people!"
A: Daytime and night-time activation strategies will be fully developed during Phase 3, after the winning design is selected.


150. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"These CCP selections are amazing! Of the 3 Finalists I weigh in favor of Wonderland as the most unique and striking. I suggest it include an Anna's Hummingbird as that is a symbol of the Amah Mutsun. I've donated a couple times and looking forward to doing so a couple more times. Stay safe and well people!"


151. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Of the 3 finalist projects, the Nebula Tower is the most well thought out. It looks interesting seen from a distance or from above, stimulating as one approaches, and engaging, perhaps even comfortable from inside the structure.


152. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Visually this project is too busy - it looks more like a shopping mall sculpture than an architecturally important urban sculpture.


153. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: Structurally, how will the "Breeze of Innovation" sculpture react to gusts of wind that are 50 mph or more? With climate change, storm and wind gusts will (have already been) increase in speed.
A: Comprehensive analysis of all aspects of the winning design (including structural integrity) will be fully developed during Phase 3, after the winning design is selected. All 3 finalists' teams include California licensed structural engineers.


154. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Interesting submission statement: I didn’t think anyone still spoke Esperanto.


155. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"Please select "Breeze of Innovation" as the winner. A suitable alternative is "The Nebula Tower."
"Welcome to Wonderland" is laughable and will make SJ the subject for ridicule for years to come."


156. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: Does Urban Confluence Silicon Valley foresee phasing in site activation versus “all done” before gifting the landmark to the City of San Jose? Funding may be enhanced with “feel-touch-see” progress updates and/or events.
A: We hope to build out all of Arena Green at one time, but we won’t know if a phased plan will be required until the “Master Plan” and budgets have been developed. Your point about about “feel-touch-see” is accurate. We have always said that we are not interested in “plop-art” and simply dropping a beautiful landmark into Arena Green. A "Master Plan” is critical. The entirety of Arena Green needs to be clean, safe, well-maintained, and beautiful—a place of hope, healing and natural wonder.


157. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Breeze of Innovation is definitely my favorite of the three final designs.


158. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Breeze of Innovation... The light landscape on top... Wow!!!


159. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Breeze is beautiful! Should win!


160. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"My ranking:
1 Breeze
2 Nebula
3 Wonderland
Really feel like Wonderland misses the mark."


161. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: Wonderland's design, ideas, and plans make the most sense for that area in Downtown San Jose. How do we vote for Wonderland?
A: There will not be a formal public vote, but all questions and comments we receive will be shared with the competition jury, city council, mayor, San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission, San Jose Public Arts Committee, and senior City of San Jose staff.


162. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I love "The Nebula" project! Extremely engaging use of circulation to extend the ground plane.


163. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Breeze of innovation, in my opinion is a such a beautiful execution of a clear and concise idea. Expressing a clarity of thought that is sadly missing in much of today’s architecture


164. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
A superb landmark design which connects with the environment requirements.So impressed with the five senses especially accommodating the breeze and sway of the design and the walk way


165. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
This is the best


166. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
A truly novel and inspiring design that links the structure to the invisible nature of the breeze.


167. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula Tower is truly impressive in my eye!


168. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"Overwhelming favorite: Breeze of Innovation - it’s like nothing else I’ve seen- it flows so beautifully it almost looks like a water feature. I love that it’s dynamic and will take different shapes on different days in different weather. That’s what Silicon Valley is - always different, always unpredictable, AND that will make me want to go back and visit it at different times and with every out of town guest I entertain on the peninsula. I love that it will generate it’s own power, a statement of Silicon Valley leading the way in sustainability. I love that the old Light Tower is tucked in the structure and maybe lit in the evenings. I love the way it looks from standing underneath it- like a sunburst of enlightenment. I love that the rods reach upwards to the sky as a symbol of constantly reaching for the heavens. The long white rods blowing in the wind remind me of a stand of California palm trees against a blue sky, leaning and blowing in the strongest of winds, but never breaking. My guess is that there will be sound generated by wind and potentially hollow rods. I imagine a beautiful wind chime of sound that creates a peaceful multi-sensory experience for visitors.

Not even close:
Welcome to Wonderland - I feel like I’m in Disney Land/World or worse yet, Rainforest Cafe’. I would never, ever go there. It belongs in Anaheim or Orlando, not Silicon Valley.
The Nebula Tower - it looks like a tall building under construction - it will not stand out from the rest of the construction down there. The structure is mostly squared off, harsh edges, not welcoming at all. From the inside it looks like an Eiffel Tower "wanna be'. The voice over says it encourages civic engagement, reinforcing openness and inclusiveness, but I don’t see it. In reality, it looks like a bunch of circuitry to me which I believe is too literal an homage to Silicon Valley and leaves me cold. I would not be inspired to visit this one. This one belongs in Vegas."


169. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The tower looks great


170. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
It’s very appealing and gives a beautiful feeling!


171. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"Congrats to all the teams, very compelling and well targeted project. I´ve discarded 1) because I believe the other 2 projects are slightly more compelling.
I have chosen 1) because it is very complete and it shows technical constructability that for me it´s will make the difference when building it.

Good luck!"


172. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"When I look at the submissions of the three finalists, I see the following:
1. A truly unique and unprecedented design, with gorgeous rods that move with the wind to power the building, each rod representing a business in the Silicon Valley. Breeze of Innovation is a gorgeous inspirational design that perfectly balances looking to the future with acknowledging the local architectural history.
2. A lower end version of the above, but without the movement, grace, energy efficiency or class. With all due respect, the Nebula Tower looks like a cheap knock-off of Breeze of Innovation.
3. Some sort of theme park monstrosity that has no theme or purpose. I have no idea how Welcome to Wonderland is meant to represent the innovation and inspiration of Silicon Valley.

To me and those I've shared this with, Breeze of Innovation is clearly the best choice if you are looking for an iconic design that captures the essence of the Silicon Valley and inspires generations of people to look beyond what they thought was possible.

Jury: make the right choice."


173. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nice project!


174. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Awesome design !


175. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Love this!!!!


176. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
A truly novel and inspiring design that links the structure to the invisible nature of the breeze.


177. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The movement aspect of Breeze of Innovation makes it truly unique. If we're looking for a memorable landmark, that's my vote.


178. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula is like a shopping mall surrounded by spikes, it has too many things, it is very confusing and ruins the park. The video sells bullshit because what remains at the end is a lump of steel. I prefer any of the other two.


179. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: Breeze is sublime and original. I've never seen such a thing before. I think it must be the winner. My only question is: Does it light up when it's not windy or only when it's windy?
A: The rods will only light up when movement is caused by the wind.


180. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"My Ranking is:
1. Breeze of Innovation
2. Alice in Wonderland
3. Nebula, I have seen it before. The project has changed from Phase 1 and now it’s a mix between Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion and Breeze of Innovation."


181. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Nebula Tower is very sophisticated, love how you can occupy so many different levels and areas of it, and I appreciate the nod to the original San Jose light tower.


182. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
WOW! Breeze of Innovation is a breathtaking, outstanding and unique design. I would love to visit your city, when it’s finally safe to travel again, to see and enjoy the experience of this beautiful artistic and eco-friendly creation.
From a 🇨🇦 fan of Breeze of Innovation,👍👍😀



183. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"I watched both the most recent presentation to the jury and public comment session #3. The detailed jury presentation made me so excited about Breeze of Innovation that for one brief, hallucinatory moment, I worried about San Francisco’s future as a cultural beacon. As in: what if all the cultural energy gets sucked down to San Jose because of this?

I decided a second later that San Francisco could take care of itself, but my next move (within the hour) was to hunt for Airbnb options near Alviso (found a cool one) that would let us plan a long weekend wherein my husband and I could bike between San Jose’s museums and the bay’s fresh breezes, back and forth along the river. In this ideal weekend, we’d also have a night in town near the San Pedro Market so we could explore the light sculpture at night along with good food and some live music.

The piece de resistance was realizing that we might be able to pedal from home to our Amtrak station and take the train both ways, since Diridon station is so close to everything. For my train-hungry husband, that would be particularly fun.

I wish I’d written that very day when my thoughts were freshest, but the advantage of waiting is that, having watched the public meeting presentation #3, I can comment on that, too. Breeze’s voiceless public video seemed anemic in its impact compared to the presentation that group gave the jury. The other two did a better job of talking up their designs at the public comment session and I hope that doesn’t hurt Breeze too much. Some of the qualities that made me love Breeze of Innovation in the jury presentation:

• The way the rods move in the breeze, evoking rustling reeds
• The knowledge that the motion would generate energy to power the lights
• The tall, slender, elegant, quiet beauty of it in a too-noisy era
• The fact that the lights are all shielded on top and directed downward to better protect birds
• The invitation to walk to the top up ramps through the maze of “reeds” and varied light effects to enjoy the far views
• The cathedral-like void in the center allowing the eyes to look far upward
• The potential for beautiful light shows, watched from the banks of the river
• The quiet, modest-but-thrilled demeanor of the team who’d managed to envision and then solve the challenges of the design

We lost our hearts to that one. Here’s hoping the feeling is widely shared among the public and the jury!

As to the other two: Wonderland seems weirdly Disney-ish, random, and busy. It makes me feel like I’m being told what to feel, which is irritating. Nebula has some common strengths with Breeze, but Nebula doesn’t move. It’s the motion and the reed-like quality of Breeze that makes it uniquely appropriate and magical for the location at the confluence of two rivers, with their own always-moving surfaces. In any event, congratulations to Urban Confluence on getting things to this point. You all may have created the conditions to generate a truly wonderful thing."


184. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
the 'wonderland' piece is the only disappointment going into phase 2. the proposal transformed from an organic and somewhat mystical seeming experience into a completely familiar industrial structure with decorative elements applied to it. as a structure it has become nothing special with a concentration on old and predictable methods, appearing to be an industrial structure less magical than most any contemporary amusement park ride.


185. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
They are so unusual and beautiful. All 3. I think any of the 3 would be great.


186. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
They are so unusual. All 3. I am leaning towards number 3 but number 2 is also beautiful. Good luck choosing. Great selection.


187. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Wonderland


188. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The second one about Alice in wonderland seems to be the one that might draw crowds to this landmark. The first one would’ve been my first choice but I’m thinking of upkeep and bird poop and all that stuff. Third one now not so much just looks like an unfinished structure.


189. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula


190. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I think all three of these are founded on great concepts, however the one stands out to me is the Wonderland concept. It seems to be the most engaging and also most family friendly and appealing. This would also make Wonderland the latest attraction to the city.


191. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Walking inside breeze must be mind-blowing


192. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
I want to voice my support of the Nebula tower, it is a visionary approach that weaves together San Jose's past, present, and the future by expressing art and innovation.


193. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Love Welcome to Wonderland!!! By far the best.


194. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Nebula is a giant cactus!!!


195. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The "flora" project seems the best -- timeless, truly dynamic from day to night, and completely unexpected. I am blown away by this submission. I hope it wins, especially if it can incorporate more local flora into its design.


196. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Wonderland is awful! Breeze is the best so far


197. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
The Breeze of Innovation is definitely my favorite of the three final designs.


198. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Breeze of Innovation... The light landscape on top... Wow!!!


199. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Breeze is beautiful! Should win!


200. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
"My ranking:

1 Breeze
2 Nebula
3 Wonderland

Really feel like Wonderland misses the mark."


201. Question or Comment Received on Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Website
Q: Wonderland's design, ideas, and plans make the most sense for that area in Downtown San Jose. How do we vote for Wonderland??
A: There will not be a formal public vote, but all questions and comments we receive will be shared with the competition jury, city council, mayor, San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission, San Jose Public Arts Committee, and senior City of San Jose staff.