Archinect - News 2015-11-28T06:32:57-05:00 Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The subject of a thousand think pieces and endless dinner table conversations, the considerable changes unleashed on the Bay Area by the tech industry over the past few decades are pretty undeniable. An influx of money &ndash; and its attendant culture &ndash; has remade San Francisco and the valley to its south largely in its own image, and has touched just about every other city in the Bay in some way.<br><br>But even bigger changes for the Bay Area are on the horizon, as is made clear in a new "interactive documentary" entitled&nbsp;<em>The Water at Bay. </em>Comprising a map, videos, and text, the website highlights&nbsp;the risks posed to region by rising sea levels, and waCs created in part by a coalition of Silicon Valley business leaders.<br><br>Can the same forces blamed for ruining the Bay Area now come to its rescue?<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>In order to educate local people about the dangers and challenges posed by rising sea levels, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group teamed up with the Bay Area Council and Save the Bay under the banner&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our B...</a></em></p> Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-03T16:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:42:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luke Iseman, 31, leases a 17,000-square-foot warehouse in Oakland in which he has built 11 micro residences out of cargo containers, Bloomberg reports. He charges $1,000 per months for each of the makeshift homes, which aren&rsquo;t legal, strictly speaking. [...] &ldquo;We have an opportunity here to create a new model for urban development that&rsquo;s more sustainable, more affordable and more enjoyable.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on shipping containers and the Bay Area's residential market:</p><ul><li><a title="The Emergence of Container Urbanism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Emergence of Container Urbanism</a></li><li><a title="Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></li><li><a title="No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></li><li><a title="Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> What's causing the Bay Bridge's steel to corrode so rapidly? Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T17:33:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This relatively low-tech method is among a battery of tests that materials scientists are using to determine why several anchor rods securing the newest portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the region&rsquo;s busiest, failed their earthquake inspections. The first alarms sounded in 2013, when seismic tests found 32 faulty rods. They&rsquo;d been sitting in a large pool of water, corroding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Lapse of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction</a></li></ul> No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-30T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T15:43:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tossed out an idea that she admitted might sound a bit crazy: What if San Francisco housing developers could fulfill their affordable housing requirements by building some of that housing in Oakland? [...] The idea is for San Francisco residents who qualify for below-market-rate housing to live in affordable units that would be built in Oakland. [...] The foundation for the partnership is already being prepped in Oakland</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> FARM-X shares its modular vertical farming approach, pilot project nears completion Justine Testado 2015-03-18T19:44:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:34:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The vertical-farming movement continues to grow with the recent unveiling of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FARM-X</a>'s modular vertical-farming concept, which the Oakland, CA-based organization developed with Zurich-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conceptual Devices</a> founder Antonio Scarponi and an agronomy team led by University of Bologna Professor Giorgio GianquintoI. In the most idealistic sense, the FARM-X model would maximize production of fresh food up to 5 tons per day, can be applied anywhere as one means to sustainably revive unused urban spaces, and would create more jobs to develop a "green collar workforce" of urban agricultural farmers.</p><p>FARM-X aims to construct 10,000 sq.m. (approx.110,000 sq.ft.) of total vertical farm space throughout Oakland over the next decade. For starters, a pilot run of the project is near completion nearby in Richmond, CA.</p><p>Read on for more project details that we received:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as '...</p> Weekly News Round-Up for August 11, 2014: Monumental politics, smart homes and GSAPP's new dean Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-18T12:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T02:00:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 15</strong></p><ul><li><p><a title="Farewell to the Old Okura" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Farewell to the Old Okura</a>: The famous Hotel Okura, built in the 1960s in a distinctive fusion of modern and traditional Japanese styles, is closing in response to prohibitive earthquake retrofits and larger, newer hotels in the area.</p></li><li><p><a title="Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup</a>: SmartThings, an aggregator for all "smart" internet-connected devices in the home, cost Samsung an estimated $200 million &mdash;chump change in comparison to Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest.</p></li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 14</strong></p><ul><li><a title="One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare</a>: Ridescout aggregates hundreds of ridesharing services to compare trips, and will now include "carpool" options that can help users share trips. The announcement comes after last week's news that Uber and Lyft are now both offering carpooling services.</li><li><a title="Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting the American Folk Art Museum controversy, through comics</a>: A thoughtful and diplomatic look at AFAM's histo...</li></ul> Oakland Hires Its First “Chief Resilience Officer” Alexander Walter 2014-08-12T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T20:31:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland has earthquakes, droughts and a host of other resilience problems to tackle. Now it has a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the charge. Today, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Michael Berkowitz, president of The Rockefeller Foundation&rsquo;s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, will jointly announce that Victoria Salinas has been tapped as the city&rsquo;s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position being created in other cities across the world, as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Resilience on the fly: Christchurch&rsquo;s SCIRT offers a model for rebuilding after a disaster</a></p> Artists pine for pieces of old Bay Bridge Archinect 2014-02-26T14:14:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:55:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 76 years, the gray steel eastern span of the Bay Bridge was cursed and reviled but mostly just taken for granted. [...] At least two groups of artists and architects have mounted campaigns to spare some of the steel from the recyclers so that they can transform it into artworks that might include a home, a public gathering space and an Airbnb rental space - with a view of the new Bay Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking The Bay Line</a></p></li></ul> Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition Justine Testado 2013-10-31T19:58:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:14:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a total of 73 entries from 37 schools around the world, the winners have finally been revealed for the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition. Architecture and design students had to develop a modern, self-sustainable house made from the scraps of the soon-to-be-demolished eastern span of the historic Oakland Bay Bridge in the California Bay Area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The winners are:</p> <ul><li> <strong>Overall:</strong> "Hanging House" by Lee Ka Chun and Ngan Ching Ying (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture)</li> <li> <strong>Board Members winner: </strong>"An Invisible Triangle" by Qazi Shamsud Tamzeed (Chittagong University of Engineering &amp; Technology)</li> <li> <strong>Community Vote: </strong>"The Bay Bridge House&rdquo; by Romain Caba (University of Kansas / National superior school of architecture of Paris Val de Seine, France)</li> <li> <strong>Honorable Mention:</strong> "Reclaimed Lookout" by Chris Bennett (Harvard GSD)</li> <li> <strong>Honorable Mention: </strong>"Pier House" by Kate&#345;ina Krupi&#269;kov&aacute; and Gabriela Kr&aacute;lov&aacute; (AAAD)</li> </ul> After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess Archinect 2013-08-19T17:05:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was supposed to be the crowning glory of the bridge-builder&rsquo;s art, gracefully echoing the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay. Yet as the project heads for a Labor Day opening after $6.4 billion and 15 years, the country&rsquo;s most daringly iconic highway bridge stands as a poster child for those who think major infrastructure projects are wasteful.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></p> Walter Hood "is flipping the script" ... Nam Henderson 2012-07-25T13:10:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T13:11:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"How do we revitalize a neighborhood? Put a train station there!" he questions. Yet he cautions that design can't fix social problems. "Infrastructure has fallen out and we expect public spaces to pick up the slack."</p></em><br /><br /><p> C B Smith-Dahl talked with Walter Hood about the work his firm West Oakland-based Hood Design has done redesigning Lafayette Park in Old Oakland and Splashpad Park by Lakeshore. The discussion also touched on the topic of gentrification and the importance of an urbanism of diversity.</p> 'Popuphood' aims to bring new business to Old Oakland Alexander Walter 2012-05-01T02:13:00-04:00 >2012-05-01T07:52:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You've heard of popup stores, right? Companies setting up storefronts that might only be around for a week or a day or even just a couple of hours. [...] In Oakland, Calif., they've taken it to the next level. A handful of stores have popped up all at the same time -- with no plans to close. It's called a popup hood. And Andrew Stelzer reports, it may be coming soon to a hood near you.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>