Archinect - News 2016-07-24T14:44:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T12:10:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbht03mxggqcz45n.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If causal factors leading to housing unaffordability are not resolved over multiple generations, the social stratification will start to resemble countries like Russia, where a small elite control a vast share of the country&rsquo;s total wealth. The result? A society where the threat of class warfare would loom large. [...] San Francisco and the Bay Area have long been committed to values which embrace inclusivity and counterculture. To see these values fraying so publicly adds insult to injury</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from San Francisco's housing crisis on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></li><li><a title="Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></li><li><a title="Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></li><li><a title='Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948820/what-does-a-1-million-dollar-staircase-look-like What does a $1 million dollar staircase look like? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T01:03:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pq/pqtf58wykw6qy4pc.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new building design introduced massive 40 foot sliding glass doors that could one day turn that store into an iCar showroom if they wanted to. The estimated breakdown of the costs started with the shell of the building costing Apple $19 million. Some of the other costs included $1 million on the staircase alone. If there's 30 stairs that $33,333 per stair.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Norman Foster's "spaceship" design for the Apple Campus has attracted its own share of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critiques for possibly reviving older corporate design models</a>, this newly refurbished Apple Store appears to be heading for a far more multi-faceted (and luxurious) future. In an era where many prefer to order online than trek in person, must a brick and mortar store necessarily be flashier to attract and maintain a customer base?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ut/utx6437yxv4m228s.jpg"></p><p>Apple, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938303/check-out-the-latest-4k-drone-footage-of-the-new-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out the latest 4K drone footage of the new Apple campus</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944866/apple-store-to-take-over-historic-theater-in-downtown-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple store to take over historic theater in Downtown Los Angeles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island Julia Ingalls 2016-05-19T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T15:08:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xih5ty15ovl8e4ab.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A spokeswoman for San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin confirmed that the city and museum representatives are in early discussions about a site on Treasure Island, a destination in San Francisco Bay famous for a naval base. Los Angeles is also trying to stay in the game, with Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that Lucas' project would find a good home in the heart of the movie industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit averse Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is openly courting other cities after Chicago's Friends of the Park filed legal action to prevent the project from building on its chosen Chicago lakefront site, may wind up in San Francisco, although Los Angeles (and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, IL</a>) have offered themselves up as well. Rahm Emanuel, who was a vocal champion of the Museum's proposed locale, recently suggested a compromise in the form of moving the museum to the Lake Michigan adjacent&nbsp;McCormick Place East,&nbsp;but no one is compromising as of yet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lapyii14cw9szaaa.jpg"></p><p>The prequels to this particular saga:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T13:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6zzfmpz7ttnl48l.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next month, media organizations in the Bay Area are planning to put aside their rivalries and competitive instincts for a day of coordinated coverage on the homeless crisis in the city. [...] &ldquo;We want the full force of the Fourth Estate to bear down on this problem&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;You will not be able to log onto Facebook, turn on the radio, watch TV, read a newspaper, log onto Twitter without seeing a story about the causes and solutions to homelessness&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fascinating effort in "solutions-oriented journalism", coordinating efforts across 30 media organizations to fully devote one day of coverage to the Bay Area's homelessness problem. While some organizations will report on the issue as they otherwise might, others will propose direct hypotheses for solving the problem, then investigate their potential efficacy.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='"The Haves and the Have Nots" &ndash; digesting the most important news of the week that was, on Archinect Sessions #49' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146286839/the-haves-and-the-have-nots-digesting-the-most-important-news-of-the-week-that-was-on-archinect-sessions-49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Haves and the Have Nots" &ndash; digesting the most important news of the week that was, on Archinect Sessions #49</a></li><li><a title="LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a title="San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122666324/san-francisco-s-new-pilot-project-to-house-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless</a></li><li><a title="Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103861502/transformable-street-furniture-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless</a></li><li><a title="Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89829634/can-a-city-really-end-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943339/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-sn-hetta-s-sfmoma-addition Archinect's critical round-up of Snøhetta's SFMOMA addition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-04T13:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T13:41:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zd/zdq8pvkjetxplm35.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While not open to the public until May 14, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11088/sfmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a> has officially unveiled its completed redesign to the press: a massive, iceberg-like addition by Sn&oslash;hetta, conjoined to the original Mario Botta pomo building.</p><p>The redesign is a boon to exhibition space in the museum: Sn&oslash;hetta's 235,000-square-foot expansion more than doubles the space of the original building, and allows for "art-filled free-to-the-public galleries". In total, that amounts to more gallery space than what the eastern-coast's MoMA has. While much of Botta's original building was left more or less the same, the staircase in the entrance atrium was adapted by Sn&oslash;hetta to adjust to a projected increase in visitor traffic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ubj7sxh7kchclmyl.jpg"></p><p>Julia Ingalls attended the press preview; look for her take later this week. Meanwhile, here's what the other critics are saying:</p><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-sfmoma-expansion-review-architecture-20160428-column.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> for the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;is at once pleased by Sn&oslash;hetta's design and disappointed by the new museum writ large:</p><p><em>Around back...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hu65zz2uv3cm1ijz.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sea level forecasts by a coalition of scientists show that the Silicon Valley bases for Facebook, Google and Cisco are at risk of being cut off or even flooded, even under optimistic scenarios where rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions avoid the most severe sea level increases. Without significant adaptation, Facebook&rsquo;s new campus appears most at risk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructionsWhile the Frank Gehry-designed campus was elevated to prevent flooding, even a 1.6 ft rise &ndash; on the low end of predictions &ndash; will "inundate" the campus. Google is a little better off but will also be swamped if the Antarctic ice sheet starts breaking up, as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/30/sea-levels-set-to-rise-far-more-rapidly-than-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> suggests may happen imminently.</p><p>For more news on rising tides in the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's news and editorial are organized around a special theme &ndash; <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Help</a></strong> &ndash; with focused coverage on social and humanitarian issues affecting the built environment with an eye towards ways architects can mobilize and enact positive change.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Have related projects of your own? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a> before Sunday, May ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-26T13:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T20:50:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nu/nu6lsvo31iv195ss.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>strict zoning laws in the Bay Area make it almost impossible to significantly expand the housing stock there. [...] As a result, the tech boom simply means that housing gets less and less affordable for anyone who doesn't work in tech or already own a home. A lot of people are blaming the tech boom itself for the Bay Area's housing problems. But the technology boom is only a problem because the region's housing markets are functioning so poorly.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y4/y4hukyf2aotz4aj4.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city&rsquo;s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings with 10 floors or less designate at least 15% of their rooftop area (pdf, p8) as being ready for solar panel installation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The city of San Francisco now requires that builders actually install solar panels in these areas (at a minimum) starting in 2017. Larger buildings are exempt for now."</em></p><p>Curious about other efforts to make American cities reduce their carbon footprint through harvesting solar energy? Check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941504/city-of-sf-sued-by-religious-group-over-open-air-urinal City of SF sued by religious group over open-air urinal Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T21:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osbsvxj0bwir79mv.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A religious organization sued the city of San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal from a popular park that it calls unsanitary and indecent. The Chinese Christian Union of SF filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only with plants for privacy, "emanates offensive odors," ''has no hand-washing facilities" and "it's offensive to manners and morals."</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more toilet-related designs, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140470448/toilets-for-everyone-the-politics-of-inclusive-design" target="_blank">Toilets for everyone: the politics of inclusive design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140948219/toilet-talk-gender-inclusivity-in-public-restrooms-featuring-special-guest-susan-surface-on-archinect-sessions-42" target="_blank">"Toilet Talk" &ndash; gender inclusivity in public restrooms, featuring special guest Susan Surface, on Archinect Sessions #42</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-14T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T00:31:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qd24ry3y2foehhhw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Berkowitz is now] offering custom pods for sale on Craigslist for people who want to make money with AirBnB or have their own subletters. [...] The Department of Building Inspection reached out ... confirming that the pods are illegal and a violation of housing, building, and fire safety codes. [...] "He would have to completely open it up or look at something different, such as a bed with a frame, with curtains, something that was open to the room." [...] "there are fire safety realities."</p></em><br /><br /><p>You may remember Peter Berkowitz's name from the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/224/san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not-an-April-Fools-Day post</a> we made a couple weeks ago, reporting on the box freelance illustrator Berkowitz had constructed to live in his friends' apartment, at $400 a month. After the news took off, he had begun testing the waters in the rest of SF's bonkers housing market to construct more of these pods and sell them to others interested in curbing their rents. After hearing from the building inspector, he told Hoodline,&nbsp;"I was just trying to gauge interest from people nearby ... I am not moving forward with anything I outlined in that email."</p><p>Related SF-housing news:</p><ul><li><a title="Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden &quot;pod&quot; in friends' apartment for $400/month" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></li><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals c...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-01T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:24:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5q1noiu6j6y5lw5l.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment at $3,670 a month, the city&rsquo;s housing crisis has pushed frugal renters to the edge of their comfort limits. From tents to trucks, the next logical step in San Francisco has taken shape &mdash; in the form of a literal box. [...] &ldquo;I really don&rsquo;t feel like I&rsquo;ve taken a hit in terms of my quality of life,&rdquo; said Berkowitz, 25. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really notice I live in the pod anymore.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the extreme lengths of SF housing:</p><ul><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934309/new-kulapat-yantrasast-designed-gagosian-gallery-to-open-in-san-francisco New Kulapat Yantrasast-designed Gagosian Gallery to open in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2016-03-11T20:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:56:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n4/n4n55yb2x1nfla4r.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Larry Gagosian&rsquo;s new 4500 square foot space, designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, is set to open up on May 18, 2016, on 657 Howard Street, right across the street from SFMoMA. The inaugural exhibition there will focus on the relationships between modern and contemporary sculpture and drawing, featuring work from Picasso and Joe Bradley, among others.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Interested in other content from the intersections of architecture and the art world? Check out these recent posts:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149425610/albright-knox-gallery-announces-short-list-of-firms-for-80m-expansion-sn-hetta-big-oma-why-allied-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Albright-Knox Gallery announces short list of firms for $80m expansion: Sn&oslash;hetta, BIG, OMA, wHY, Allied Works</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148283782/as-the-met-moves-into-the-old-whitney-can-it-shrug-off-the-iconic-building-s-associations-with-its-former-tenant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the Met moves into the old Whitney, can it shrug off the iconic building's associations with its former tenant?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934221/why-does-la-have-so-many-new-galleries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why does LA have so many new galleries?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134506768/art-museums-are-more-popular-than-ever-but-what-about-the-art-inside" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art museums are more popular than ever &ndash; but what about the art inside?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units – is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-08T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:18:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ay/ayimlei8o0sfeud0.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week the city council in Mountain View, California, took a significant step toward addressing Silicon Valley's housing affordability crisis. The city approved a new planning document for its North Bayshore district that envisions the creation of up to 10,250 units of high-density housing. Mountain View only has about 32,000 households total, so that would be a substantial 32 percent increase [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The big question is whether this represents an isolated victory for housing advocates or whether it's the start of a trend toward denser development in Silicon Valley more broadly."</em></p><p>For more on the housing woes of the world's tech capital, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136805722/analogue-sustainability-the-climate-refugees-of-san-francisco-3rd-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Analogue Sustainability: The Climate Refugees of San Francisco," 3rd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://Are%20apps%20the%20virtual%20gateway%20to%20physical%20gentrification?" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139818956/airbnb-draws-ire-with-passive-aggressive-ads" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148500636/preserving-san-francisco-s-only-frank-lloyd-wright-building-inside-and-out Preserving San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright building, inside and out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-19T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T00:18:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/317869f246072b4599aefa62a7de778e.jpg" width="514" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Planning] department completed a draft report last month on how to expand the existing landmark designation to include aspects of the interior that date back to Wright&rsquo;s 1948 design. [...] &ldquo;If anything, the inside is more important than the exterior,&rdquo; said Turner, a professor emeritus of art at Stanford University. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of Wright&rsquo;s most exquisite designs, and it&rsquo;s almost exactly the way it was originally.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on architecture's caped crusader, Frank Lloyd Wright:</p><ul><li><a title="Watch (an animated) Frank Lloyd Wright talk about arrogance in this new short" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148271716/watch-an-animated-frank-lloyd-wright-talk-about-arrogance-in-this-new-short" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch (an animated) Frank Lloyd Wright talk about arrogance in this new short</a></li><li><a title="Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147823826/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-major-grant-for-charnley-persky-house-conservation-management-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan</a></li><li><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144499048/frank-lloyd-wright-s-sturges-house-is-for-sale-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-50-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Sturges House is for sale, for the first time in nearly 50 years</a></li><li><a title="In the Neighborhood of an American Master" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143760404/in-the-neighborhood-of-an-american-master" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In the Neighborhood of an American Master</a></li><li><a title="Another Frank Lloyd Wright house is discovered in Madison" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139819759/another-frank-lloyd-wright-house-is-discovered-in-madison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Frank Lloyd Wright house is discovered in Madison</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3e/3e25cf3b58b938d82effb738a161e93e.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Niño storms in California Alexander Walter 2016-01-29T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T09:01:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/harx7ca75lpiungq.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>California apartments with commanding views of the Pacific are now in danger of collapsing into the ocean.&nbsp; Erosion blamed on El Ni&ntilde;o rains is tearing away at the cliffs of Pacifica, just outside San Francisco. Drone footage shows how volatile the situation is, and how close to the literal edge some apartments are</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="https://j.gifs.com/73p6p1.gif"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146139696/have-these-heavy-rains-alleviated-the-california-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have these heavy rains alleviated the California drought?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101791432/officials-set-fire-to-house-teetering-over-75-foot-cliff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Officials Set Fire to House Teetering Over 75-Foot Cliff</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like "King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like Nicholas Korody 2016-01-21T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:16:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6ea0ewcvenroc55.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>King tides&mdash;a type of perigean spring tide (there&rsquo;s your science jargon)&mdash;occur&nbsp;when extra-high tides line up with some other meteorological anomalies. They&rsquo;re not a huge deal: The water flowing over the seawall is part novelty, part nuisance. But these rare days hint at a new normal, when sea level rise will render current coastlines obsolete [...] On January 21 and 22, the king tide will bring San Francisco&rsquo;s shoreline about a foot higher than average high tide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140875921/the-gsd-vs-the-sea-school-s-new-office-for-urbanization-tackles-climate-change-in-miami-beach" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The GSD vs. the sea: school's new Office for Urbanization tackles climate change in Miami Beach</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137735976/climate-change-is-increasing-the-risk-of-severe-flooding-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Climate change is increasing the risk of severe flooding in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135588607/sea-level-rise-accelerating-according-to-new-data-from-nasa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sea level rise accelerating, according to new data from NASA</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142842054/refik-anadol-s-new-data-sculpture-unveiled-at-the-som-designed-350-mission-in-san-francisco Refik Anadol's new "data sculpture" unveiled at the SOM-designed 350 Mission in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T20:12:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:19:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/to/toz3wafr23wqj9v9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The first permanent publicly-viewable artwork by <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114130154/art-architecture-refik-anadol-at-walt-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refik Anadol</a>, a media artist known for his immersive, site-specific light installations, was recently unveiled in San Francisco.&nbsp;<em>Virtual Depictions: San Francisco,&nbsp;</em>a series of "data sculptures" based on a publicly-available <a href="https://data.sfgov.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dataset</a>, occupies a 40 ft. screen in the lobby of <a href="http://www.som.com/projects/350_mission_street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">350 Mission</a> and involved collaborations with the building's architects, <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings and Merill</a>, and developer,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kilroyrealty.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kilroy Realty</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cv/cv9ejla6fftafw5f.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x0/x0o2w04ssyzefkrx.jpg"></p><p>"The ambient qualities of urban ecologies, as we as civilizations create them in specific geographic locations, are coming to the forefront of cultural production," Anadol told Archinect. "With the advent of digital media and&nbsp;environmental consciousness we now are able, more so than any at other point in human history, to access the formal qualities of the ambient environment in terms of the built, social and natural environments."&nbsp;</p><p>"Through sensors, databases, and visualization we can collect information on the real-time dynamics of citie...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141818922/are-raised-bikeways-enough-to-make-the-san-francisco-s-riders-safer Are raised bikeways enough to make the San Francisco's riders safer? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-24T12:53:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:02:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hohvlvcj0xpq78cz.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our urban centers were not designed with cyclists in mind; we&rsquo;re a car-centric society. American cities&nbsp;can try piecemeal approaches, but the reality is that sharing the road is only a small part of the&nbsp;solution.&nbsp;Bikes and cars need their own dedicated thoroughfares to keep everyone as safe as possible, and to encourage people to&nbsp;choose clip-in pedals over gas ones...</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco recently announced plans &ndash; under the initiative <a href="http://visionzerosf.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vision Zero SF</a> &ndash; to aggressively tackle traffic-related deaths in the city. Part of that plan includes incorporating elevated bike lanes, with Market Street as a pilot project.&nbsp;</p><p>But according to Jordan Crucchiola, who invokes the successful, large-scale bicycle infrastructure projects of Europe, "Until San Francisco, or any rapidly growing American city, is willing to make that commitment, every slightly raised bike path will just amount to a series of ad hoc fixes."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qhvcvhurbx37xgpr.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z9/z9ta8n3c9xegfsuf.jpg"><br><br><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139313726/the-surprisingly-ideological-debate-over-roundabouts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The surprisingly ideological debate over roundabouts</a></li><li><a title="Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131350538/chicago-to-offer-5-per-year-bike-shares-to-low-income-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago to offer $5-per-year bike shares to low-income residents</a></li><li><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Bike-Wash&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113031751/archinect-s-lexicon-bike-wash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Bike-Wash"</a></p></li><li><p><a title="Jakarta's &quot;car-free days&quot; are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136428986/jakarta-s-car-free-days-are-only-the-start-of-the-city-s-long-journey-to-becoming-bike-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></p></li><li><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fu74wukrzwxt9iv3.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lm/lmel9lqctxi142yu.jpg"><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="http://ourbayonthebrink.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our B...</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139818956/airbnb-draws-ire-with-passive-aggressive-ads Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads Nicholas Korody 2015-10-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T22:13:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6pgaoyr474k1unj3.jpg" width="495" height="663" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Airbnb put up ads suggesting various ways San Francisco could use the company&rsquo;s tax payments, it was undoubtedly aiming to drum up good will. &ldquo;Dear Parking Enforcement,&rdquo; one of the ads read, &ldquo;Please use the $12 million in hotel taxes to feed all expired parking meters. Love, Airbnb.&rdquo; [...] But instead of good will, the flippant tone of the ads, which went up on billboards and bus stops around the city on Wednesday, unleashed a torrent of sarcasm and anger on social media.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, a deluge of anger and annoyance rained down on Airbnb after their new ad campaign popped up around San Francisco. Billboards plastered with phrases suggesting ways various government agencies could better use the roughly $1 million in taxes per month generated by the company were received as "<a href="https://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost/status/658073046507528192" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snarky</a>," "<a href="https://twitter.com/Adweek/status/658333225014554624" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passive-aggressive</a>," and plain-old "<a href="https://twitter.com/jessamyn/status/656975889180307457" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not cool</a>."&nbsp;</p><p>Bright, pastel-colored billboards were plastered with statements like "Dear Public Library System, We hope you use some of the $12 million in hotel taxes to keep the library open later. Love, Airbnb."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5l/5lv184xbh2tu8ulc.jpg"><br><br>"Dear SF Tax Collector, You know the $12 million in hotel taxes?" reads another. "Don't spend it all in one place." An adjacent advertisement states, "But... if you do spend all $12 million in one place, we suggest burritos."</p><p>Incidentally, this is a particularly bad time for a PR-mess like this to happen, considering Proposition F, a measure intended to restrict Airbnb-type rentals, will be on ballots this November. Airbnb has spent...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco Julia Ingalls 2015-09-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:07:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fz/fzlvdwh4g2zm0mgf.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods across the west side of San Francisco could see thousands of new housing units under a measure Mayor Ed Lee is proposing that would allow builders to exceed current height restrictions in exchange for including more affordable units.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mayor's proposal would allow builders to add two stories of additional height to the current building height restrictions to help the notoriously expensive metropolis of San Francisco become more affordable to middle-class denizens (unlike federal or state sponsored initiatives, which target low-income groups). To exceed the height restrictions, thirty percent of the new development's units would have to be affordable; for those projects that are fully comprised of affordable units, developers would be able to add a third story.&nbsp;In San Francisco, middle-class is defined as "families making between 120 and 140 percent of area median income, which is $122,000 to $142,000 for a family of four."&nbsp;</p><p>For more on San Francisco's housing crisis, do check out:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84856435/markasaurus-does-the-math-on-sf-housing-prices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137605200/get-lectured-academy-of-art-university-fall-15 Get Lectured: Academy of Art University, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-09-29T10:11:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T00:42:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rx/rx1k7own24jf62s1.jpg" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next featured poster comes from the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6218419/academy-of-art-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Art University</a>'s&nbsp;Architecture School, with their Fall 2015 Public Lecture Series.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></strong></p><p><strong>Oct 1</strong><br>Brian Price /&nbsp;Price Studio</p><p><strong>Oct 8</strong><br>Andr&eacute;s Jaque / Office for Political Innovation &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Oct 15</strong><br>Frank Barkow / Barkow Leibinger</p><p><strong>Oct 29</strong><br>Elizabeth Ranieri Byron Kuth&nbsp;/&nbsp;KUTHranieri</p><p><strong>Nov 9</strong><br>Ethics and Leadership<br>Panel Discussion: Social Equity</p><p><strong>EXHIBITION</strong></p><p>Sept 18 - Oct 25<br>"Exploration / Tectonics / Design / Investigation"<br>15 years AAU School of Architecture&nbsp;</p><p>For more info, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://academyart.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">academyart.edu</a>.</p><p><strong>Check out previous posters on the ...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136818616/get-lectured-california-college-of-the-arts-fall-15 Get Lectured: California College of the Arts, Fall '15 Justine Testado 2015-09-16T17:53:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T17:53:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n93wo5jujq73n3om.jpg" width="514" height="798" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/543658/2015-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is ready for another school year.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next featured poster comes from the California College of the Arts, Architecture Division.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></strong></p><p>Check out their upcoming events below. Unless noted otherwise, lectures start at 7 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall: 1111 Eighth St, San Francisco. Free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>Sept 21</strong><br>WHAT&rsquo;S NEXT AT WORK Forum<br>Moderated by Katherine Lambert of CCA, featuring:<br>Aaron Taylor Harvey, Airbnb Environments<br>Emily Ma, Google[x]<br>Primo Orpilla, Studio O+A</p><p><strong>Sept 28</strong><br>THOM MAYNE / Morphosis</p><p><strong>Oct 12</strong><br>KAI-UWE BERGMANN / BIG</p><p><strong>Oct 19</strong><br>STEVEN MILLER / Steven Miller Design Studio and The N...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134738137/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-allison-arieff-of-spur Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T01:19:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qo2zmcna29tg15g1.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Allison Arieff is the editorial director of SPUR, an urban planning advocacy non-profit based in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Known in full as San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, SPUR is primarily focused on improving urban planning efforts and policy in the San Francisco Bay Area.&nbsp;We are excited and honored to have Allison as a jury member for our <a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition.</p><p>Previous to her role at SPUR, Allison served as editor in chief at <em>Dwell</em>&nbsp;magazine, which she helped found back in 2000. She is also a contributing writer to the Atlantic&rsquo;s CityLab, the New York Times and SPUR&rsquo;s The Urbanist.</p><p></p><p>Her work with SPUR and <em>Dwell</em> have brought popular attention to sustainable design initiatives and policy, and as a resident of San Francisco, she is well aware of the strains the drought has put on the state. But based on her work with local government and planning officials, she's also seen time and time again how inefficient or straight-up nonexistent our laws regarding water co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/134722803/san-francisco-launches-new-green-benefit-district-program-to-improve-public-spaces San Francisco launches new "Green Benefit District" program to improve public spaces Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T13:08:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T11:26:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt2f2hwb034dzo4v.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Through the program, property owners will pay a small assessment that will go toward maintaining and improving parks, plazas, gardens, sidewalks and more. It&rsquo;s modeled after the Community Benefit District (CBD) program, but geared toward greening a residential area, as opposed to promoting commercial shopping districts, like more conventional CBDs. [...] &ldquo;This provides a way for us to not only maintain them [the public spaces], but provide capital improvements over time.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Targeted specifically in the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill neighborhoods of San Francisco, the impetus for the Green Benefit District plan began years ago, as development rates were quickly beginning to outpace public green spaces in the area. The GBD program would provide a continual source of funding for green spaces in the neighborhood, by taxing local property owners a small amount annually. San Francisco's GBD is the country's first.</p><p>More news on development in San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li><li><a title="Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a title="Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133736405/300-mile-wall-proposed-for-the-bay-area-to-exile-burning-man-festivalgoers-forever 300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever Justine Testado 2015-08-07T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T12:47:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0nrrkyh1jl678wt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Comedy troupe <a href="http://www.cultivatedwit.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultivated Wit</a> takes a humorous jab at megaprojects, outlandish crowdsourcing, and how much San Franciscans loathe Burning Man in a <a href="http://megagogo.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cheeky mock campaign</a> that would support the construction of a 300-mile wall around the Bay Area to keep Burners out, forever. And all at a reasonable cost of $7 billion. Set up like a Kickstarter page, Cultivated Wit's MegaGoGo &mdash; "the funding platform for large-scale infrastructure"&mdash; is complete with those much-needed backer rewards and a satirical campaign video.</p><p>The host of the campaign video details the world-changing benefits of a Burner-wall: "We can make a whole new way of life, as long as we just adhere to a couple principles, like inclusion. If this project is anything, it's about bringing people together &mdash; together to lock people out...We've got to be mindful of the environment. That's why we can't leave a single trace, aside from the giant wall."</p><p>You can check out the entire video below.</p><p></p><p>h/t <a href="http://sfist.com/2015/08/05/housing_crisis_solution_build_a_cro.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sfist.com</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133571706/are-apps-the-virtual-gateway-to-physical-gentrification Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-05T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T11:58:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hmv55xia99ntz0zp.jpg" width="514" height="894" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Laundromats have recently been closing down in San Francisco, which prompted a Google employee to tweet in response "cost of disruption: washio and others have removed need for laundromat on every block." Who needs laundromats when there's an app for that? Well, people who can't afford to spend $15 a pop on washing their socks, for starters. The tweet prompted a thoughtful article in <a href="http://mic.com/articles/123311/silicon-valley-white-male-privilege-class-war" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tech.Mic</a>, in which the short-term gains of disruptive app inventors are speculatively played out to their potential society-eroding ends, especially in the arenas of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117656322/public-transit-helps-new-yorkers-earn-more-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> and health care. In this case, the article points out that the laundry delivery app in question is exactly that: a delivery service that still uses third-party launderers to actually clean the clothes, but charges for the convenience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr7d7nk7o5gnjymm.jpg"></p><p>Apparently, the San Francisco laundromats are closing mainly because of the usual gentrification pressures in the form of desirable cheap real estate, not necessarily because of apps. However, assuming ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06qg8ibrtkdwyxjz.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/67510419/the-emergence-of-container-urbanism" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/49664422/forget-big-box-stores-how-about-a-big-box-house" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7nko4yx8ifwlwo7.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple Inc.] reached an agreement to rent about 76,000 square feet of office space in the South of Market neighborhood&rsquo;s 235 Second St. [...] the area has some of the highest monthly asking rents in the city at about $66 a square foot. [...] Apple and Facebook have been notable holdouts as Silicon Valley giants like Google and Linkedin gradually expanded their footprints in San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&#8203;More news from Apple and San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133107408/apple-invites-visitors-to-gaze-at-its-spaceship-from-new-observation-deck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall.</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li></ul>