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Next on deck: The nominees for Best Rebranding Effort in 2008’s Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate.
What Houston-area project deserves to win this award? Read the list of nominees below, then give us your answer in the comments. Or send in your vote via email. If you want more detail about the voting process for these awards, see this page.
All set? The official nominees for Best Rebranding Effort are . . .
1. New Planned Parenthood Headquarters. That sleepy, slit-eyed former Sterling Bank building off the Gulf Freeway near U of H will probably be getting a wee bit more attention as it’s stripped down to bare structure and remade into a new administrative building and clinic for Planned Parenthood. “A nice way to keep the iconic stair-stepped design while modernizing and ‘greening’ the building.”
2. Cordell Shipping-Container House. “Three steel shipping containers reinvented as a low-impact, modern house in old-timey Brookesmith. Who’da thunk of that?â€
3. Downtown Houston. “Houston has really tried to make Downtown a more livable destination — with Discovery Green, Houston Pavilions, and the new One Park Place highrise. Downtown still has a long way to go to have a life beyond the Monday to Friday 9-5 thing, but itâ€™s getting there.â€
4. Hotel ZaZa. “The Warwick-to-ZaZa transformation: Six plus months to make old and stodgy young andÂ hip. How hip? One of their courtesy cars is a faux black-n-white Highway Patrol car.â€
5. Glenbrook Valley. “This year’s Houston Mod ‘Mods of the Month’ produced throngs of young, hip architecture aficionados (plus a few classic-finned Cadillacs and a near-carnival atmosphere) at Glenbrook Valley open houses. Just a couple of years ago, nobody even knew these mod & ranch style homes were there. This year’s new arrivals in the hood included a college president, an M.D. Anderson physician, and an architect from Rottet Studios. It has become a hot topic on the architecture forums. The increasing gay contingent has railed against local icon T.C. Burton, fighting him with everything from flags to tombstones. The growing gay contingent is starting to challenge Westbury’s mantle as the edge-of-the-Loop gay alternative to Montrose. The rebranding success has even spread to neighboring hoods, such as Meadowcreek Village, where a number of people who didn’t find the perfect GV mod ended up, including the chef of uber-trendy Benjy’s bistro in the Rice Village, and Chronicle columnist Lisa Gray.â€
6. Mosaic on Hermann Park. “The Mosaic wins this hands down. Instead of having two empty* towers named Mosaic, now we have one empty tower named Mosaic and one empty tower named Montage! Vive la difference! (*Before anyone screams, theyâ€™re empty of owners, not renters.)â€
Which one of these nominees deserves recognition for rebranding brilliance? Submit your vote now!
Update: The winners have been announced!
- How To Vote in the Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate [Swamplot]
- Swamplot Awards Ballots 2008 [Swamplot]
Photos: Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas (Planned Parenthood building rendering); Kyle Walker Photography (shipping-container house); sabotai (Discovery Green); Gary Hunt (Hotel ZaZa); HAR (8211 Colgate St., Glenbrook Valley)