Archinect - News 2015-03-31T18:27:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/124122059/no-room-for-affordable-housing-in-sf-build-it-in-oakland 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mr/mr8yw8d27ahz1mle.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123600021/looking-to-buy-a-home-in-sf-good-luck Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-23T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T06:36:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37bf6b17e60176b5c4edb2f8ee935210.jpg" width="514" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everyone knows the supply of new homes in the Bay Area is falling far short of job and population growth, but the number of existing homes being put up for sale is also near record lows in many areas. [...] &ldquo;The move-up market is pretty much frozen,&rdquo; said Matt Fuller, an agent with Zephyr. &ldquo;Even if you can do great on the sale of your property, you are terrified to enter the market as a buyer.&rdquo; [...] Inventory is also shrinking because post-foreclosure sales have dried up.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122666324/san-francisco-s-new-pilot-project-to-house-the-homeless San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless Alexander Walter 2015-03-11T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:11:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9ehad9270e4sh90a.jpg" width="360" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Navigation Center is one of the most innovative homeless-help experiments being undertaken in the U.S. &mdash; meaning that when it opens the week of March 16 at an old high school at 16th and Mission streets, it will be watched not just by every homeless camper in the vicinity, but by aid agencies around the nation. [...] The Navigation Center will be doing this as a pilot project for eight to 18 months, depending on its success.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121199868/get-lectured-california-college-of-the-arts-spring-15 Get Lectured: California College of the Arts, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-20T19:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:34:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k97bprp3hjt9kk1n.jpg" width="514" height="791" 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 Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> 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>Printed in bright fluorescent ink, the next poster features the Spring '15 Architecture + Interior Architecture lecture series at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming events only. Note each event's time + location. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 23</em><br>7-9 pm<br><strong>Khoi Vo</strong> / Savannah College of Art and Design<br>at Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus</p><p><em>Mar 2</em><br>7-9 pm<br><strong>Tina Manis</strong> / Tina Manis Associates<br>at Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus</p><p><em>Mar 12</em><br>4 pm<br><strong>Diffuse Density: Making Housing Affordable Symposium</strong><br>at SPUR: 654 Mis...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120523764/san-francisco-s-mid-market-neighborhood-a-corridor-of-shame San Francisco's Mid-Market neighborhood, a "corridor of shame?" Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T19:13:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:26:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18e3afab64b195fcd91113d300aa36e4.jpg" width="400" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;This corridor of shame that I call Van Ness and Market is just a spectacular example of failed urban planning.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;In the built environment, as one writer puts it, all our warts and our glories are there,&rdquo; says Paul Groth, an architectural historian at UC Berkeley. &ldquo;You can tell how we&rsquo;re treating our fellow humans in the built environment. It really is an autobiography.&rdquo; So, what does Groth think our current architecture says? &ldquo;Greed.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117656321/san-francisco-is-quick-to-poke-fun-of-sn-hetta-s-new-one-van-ness-tower-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco is quick to poke fun of Sn&oslash;hetta's new One Van Ness tower design</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower Jeanne Gang praises San Francisco's architecture 'ecosystem' as context for new residential tower Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-04T14:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-09T15:52:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9c4897c49c1f40baa1cbe5ab990b1d6b.jpg" width="514" height="906" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;San Francisco is really focused on getting things right on the ground, creating a rich fabric,&rdquo; said Gang... &ldquo;You have your own ecosystem.&rdquo; [...] She&rsquo;s at work here on a 40-story tower proposed at Folsom and Spear streets, one block in from the Embarcadero. The form would be simple, a lean rectangle, but the silhouette would be a ripple of angled bay windows, jagged and subtle at once. &ldquo;Some designers focus on the profile. We&rsquo;re looking more at the elements, starting from the inside out,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/117806632/which-u-s-city-will-win-the-2024-olympic-bid-boston-la-dc-and-sf-duke-it-out Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T13:47:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sprueup6ugineij.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee seems ready to bid for the 2024 Summer Games. But the hard part is deciding which of the four finalists &mdash; Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco &mdash; has the best chance of being chosen by the International Olympic Committee. The U.S.O.C. could make its selection as soon as this week, so we asked New York Times reporters in each city to describe the view from each place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some tastier nuggets from each city's reporter:</p><p><strong><em>Boston:</em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics. No venue would be more than a 10-minute walk from a subway stop or a commuter rail line."</p><p><strong><em>Los Angeles:</em></strong></p><p>"Imagine the opening ceremony Los Angeles could put together: Meryl Streep riding sidesaddle on a dolphin. Magic Johnson and Mama Kardashian carrying the torch. Fireworks sponsored by &ldquo;Star Wars: Episode Ad Nauseam: Does It Really Matter What We Subtitle These Anymore, Part 1.&rdquo;"</p><p><strong><em>San Francisco:</em></strong></p><p>"Picture a hilly marathon tracing up the crooked block of Lombard Street. Or mountain biking in Marin County, the birthplace of the sport. Or the triathlon off Alcatraz, beach volleyball at City Hall, rowing in McCovey Cove. And if the Olympics still insist on golf, there is the Olympic Club or Pebble Beach."</p><p><strong><em>Washi...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117656321/san-francisco-is-quick-to-poke-fun-of-sn-hetta-s-new-one-van-ness-tower-design San Francisco is quick to poke fun of Snøhetta's new One Van Ness tower design Alexander Walter 2015-01-05T14:02:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:58:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/ei3hz32vqr3sjddy.jpg" width="514" height="619" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new design for One Van Ness, which will rise 37 stories at the intersection of Van Ness Avenue and Market Street, is the work of Sn&oslash;hetta [...]. A journalist and illustrator, Susie Cagle tells me in an email that she covered San Francisco real estate in 2008, and the Sn&oslash;hetta project reminds her of ambitious residential projects planned for Market Street that never happened. "I think it's a place where dense construction makes sense," she says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112435177/sn-hetta-to-take-over-sf-development-project-near-civic-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116192545/u-s-in-the-race-for-2024-olympics-no-host-city-picked-yet U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T18:26:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d91cd8e9a3ac7dad00793df53d26feda.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,&rdquo; said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112435177/sn-hetta-to-take-over-sf-development-project-near-civic-center Snøhetta to take over SF development project near Civic Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-29T19:53:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:03:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2urr6qly0sngxdon.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This would be the first U.S. tower for Sn&oslash;hetta, founded in Norway but on the rise in the United States since being selected in 2004 to design the pavilion for the National Sept. 11 Memorial &amp; Museum. Sn&oslash;hetta will replace an even better-known architect for the corner: Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize-winning designer of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, whose firm has been working on a tower in the same location since 2008.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The site in question is directly adjacent the Civic Center's metro stop on Market St., and a large part of the developer's plans revolve around shifting this existing stop one block north, to avoid (in the SFGate author's words) the "squalid even by neighborhood standards" area. The residential tower being built on the site, which includes condominiums with retail space on the ground floor, would account for its affordable housing requirements by building separate properties three blocks away.</p><p>Sn&oslash;hetta's other work in San Francisco includes&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/30708442/sfmoma-expansion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SFMoMA's expansion</a>, which is currently under construction.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110890667/editor-s-picks-388 Editor's Picks #388 Nam Henderson 2014-10-10T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T13:13:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr5e5c8nitt3jh00.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;continued her <strong>Material Witness</strong>. In <strong>#5</strong> she analyzed "<em>Wings of Desire</em>", "<em>Billy Elliot</em>"&nbsp;and "<em>In the Mood for Love</em>", for lessons about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/110346994/material-witness-5-cultural-gerrymandering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultural Gerrymandering</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>is appreciative "<em>See Julia Ingalis quote above...there is more beer in the fridge...Enjoying this Feature!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo4q2etlseoz50z3.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;launched a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">column</a> which "<em>will serve to highlight architectures in the Anthropocene that choose the latter. Moreover, it will explore ways in which the Anthropocene thesis changes notions of architecture</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agence France-Presse spoke with Masato Abe</a>, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/alex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Walter</a>&nbsp;pointed out "<em>You can even spend a night in a capsule thanks to Airbnb....</em><em><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1305889" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1860409" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></em>".</p><p><a href="http://ziauddinsardar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ziauddin Sardar</a> bemoaned <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Destruction of Mecca</a>.&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> confirmed "<em>I visited the kingdom in 2000, and spent time in Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca. &nbsp;Yes, they are being robbed of their history, and they are doing it to themselves. ..erasing so much of the local vernacular</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1jflur4k6cp2z72.jpg"></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/tylerhopf/status/517342193086775296" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tyler...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110818290/san-francisco-legalizes-regulates-airbnb-with-lots-of-amendments San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb (With Lots of Amendments) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb3bd778eee3d77534f9c9e06cf1fdc8.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city&rsquo;s board of supervisors voted to legalize and regulate short-term stays through a controversial piece of legislation that has been two years in the making [...] The key changes include a limit on non-hosted rentals for up to 90 days per year. [...] [The hosts will] also have to pay the city&rsquo;s hotel taxes. They &mdash; not Airbnb &mdash; are responsible for certifying that they&rsquo;re only hosting 90 days a year and for keeping records that prove this.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109714290/large-ai-weiwei-takes-over-alcatraz-with-lego-carpets-and-a-hippie-dragon @Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon Alexander Walter 2014-09-24T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/124531be4366ad75d2c0371cc144d0ed.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to prison, and a celebration of liberty. Ai Weiwei, the big man of Beijing, has spent years discovering pockets of freedom in the most straitened circumstances, resisting every effort by the Chinese government to shut him down. This week he opens a major new exhibition in a place that makes that resistance literal: on Alcatraz [...]. The United States has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But this prison is decommissioned, and Ai is using it to extraordinary effect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108174060/get-lectured-california-college-of-the-arts-fall-14 Get Lectured: California College of the Arts, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-04T14:02:00-04:00 >2014-09-04T14:02:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q3/q3cne8auizyxw41b.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster comes from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Speakers include Neeraj Bhatia, Elena Manferdini, Jorge Otero-Pailos, and David Benjamin of The Living -- who designed the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92921888/yap-winner-the-living-selected-to-re-design-moma-ps1-s-courtyard-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hy-Fi Tower</a> at MoMA PS1.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Unless noted**, lectures begin at 7 pm in Timken Lecture Hall at the CCA San Francisco campus. All events free and open to the public.</p><p><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p><p><em>Sept. 3</em><br>Chip Lord &amp; Curtis Schreier / Ant Farm; UC Santa Cruz</p><p><em>Sept. 15</em><br>Neeraj Bhatia / InfraNet Lab; The Open Workshop; CCA Urban Works Agency San Francisco</p><p><em>Sept. 22</em><br>Frida Escobedo / Taller Frida Escobedo - Mexico City</p><p><strong>OCTOBER</strong></p><p><em>Oct. 6</em><br>Interior ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108040663/architecture-and-the-city-2014-celebrates-in-san-francisco-for-the-month-of-september Architecture and the City 2014 celebrates in San Francisco for the month of September Justine Testado 2014-09-02T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T20:45:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tb/tbyo0dwa3rc1hc4i.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 11th annual Architecture and the City festival officially began its month-long celebration during its opening night party this past weekend in San Francisco, California. The yearly San Francisco festival is described as the largest architectural event of its kind in the U.S. With "Home: My San Francisco" as this year's theme, the festival invites the public to join the fun with a variety of events and activities throughout the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few of the festival's events:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/2014_architecture_and_the_city_-_leo_marmol_modernism_and_the_bay_area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Architecture and the City - Leo Marmol: Modernism and the Bay Area</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/pechakucha_san_francisco_vol._57_-_architecture_and_the_city/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PechaKucha San Francisco, vol. 57 - Architecture and the City</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/imagining_reimagining_market_street" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining + Reimagining Market Street</a></li><li><a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/san_francisco_living_home_tours3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Living: Home Tours 2014</a></li></ul><p><strong>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/architecture_and_the_city_2014_celebrates_in_san_francisco_for_the_month_of/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105028088/a-gasp-inducing-plan-for-s-f-skyline-from-the-ground-up A gasp-inducing plan for S.F. skyline, from the ground up Archinect 2014-07-25T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T11:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4p2hlbnqipu3go0j.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pair of towers proposed for downtown San Francisco would include the city's second-tallest building - and perhaps its most startling public space, an open-air plaza set beneath the main tower's elevated first floor. The project straddles the northwest corner of First and Mission streets, with a 605-foot tower on Mission and a broad 910-foot high-rise on First. By comparison, the Salesforce Tower under construction on the southeast corner will top off at 1,070 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104251805/kaiser-s-anemic-new-oakland-hospital-leaves-us-a-bit-ill Kaiser's anemic new Oakland hospital leaves us a bit ill stoicrise 2014-07-15T15:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T20:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4q/4q3fcgc3546yeq31.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I have absolutely no doubt that Kaiser Permanente's new hospital in Oakland is a big step up from its predecessor in terms of the facilities offered to patients and their loved ones. But in terms of how it looks and feels outside - even by the dismal standard of recent American hospital design - the stocky compound that opened last week is enough to make you sick."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103781029/culture-wars-in-san-francisco Culture Wars in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2014-07-09T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T13:03:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hw23irh0hugahwsi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco today has the second-highest median income in the United States, but, even using that peg, middle-income San Franciscans can afford less than a sixth of the homes available in town. Every city on the up-and-up must contend with a gap between rich and poor. Yet few have also, like San Francisco, managed to immiserate a relatively well-heeled middle class.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102632694/san-francisco-museum-nears-610-million-fundraising-goal San Francisco Museum Nears $610 Million Fundraising Goal Alexander Walter 2014-06-24T14:26:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:13:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0e8921ad9d56194d2ff83d67a707843d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>About $570 million, or 94 percent, has been raised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for its 235,000-square-foot (21,800-square-meter) expansion and to add $245 million to the museum&rsquo;s endowment. The $305 million wing designed by the Snohetta architecture firm is rising behind SFMOMA&rsquo;s current home, opened two decades ago in the technology-heavy South of Market area, or SOMA.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98204993/cities-need-goldilocks-housing-density-not-too-high-or-low-but-just-right Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:44:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/003508c69ab984a03ea84c4a73835db5.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98156100/the-spectre-haunting-san-francisco The spectre haunting San Francisco Nam Henderson 2014-04-17T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T13:14:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo2jnhdp9j74hbxy.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The housing dynamic in San Francisco raises the capital intensity of consumption. That contributes to an increase in the capital share of income and to the stock of wealth in the economy. Zoning restrictions are a tool of the oligarchy, effectively. I'm only one-fourth kidding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The author(s) examine the origins/causes of the growing housing/rent crisis in American cities, such as San Francisco.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/davidjmadden/status/456453887361576960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Madden</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94803964/twitter-installs-19th-century-log-cabins-in-san-francisco-hq Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/boip9z41tc4bgpns.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94421510/artists-pine-for-pieces-of-old-bay-bridge 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/396b05ab75c5e82bd9aa9fdd33e9eede.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/85465617/winners-of-the-bay-bridge-house-student-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82785562/rethinking-the-bay-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking The Bay Line</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91919141/regulating-the-private-buses-of-google-land Regulating the Private Buses of “Google-land” Alexander Walter 2014-01-23T14:47:00-05:00 >2014-01-24T09:13:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/665b08834d6e276b0f5ff311207ad252.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the buses became a symbol for San Francisco&rsquo;s gentrification woes, they were just a fleet of several hundred private coaches that whisked some seventeen thousand workers around San Francisco and to and from the Silicon Valley campuses of such companies as Apple, Google, and Genentech. [...] San Francisco is deep into a second tech boom&mdash;and, with it, many less affluent workers are getting priced out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91679817/get-lectured-cca-spring-14 Get Lectured: CCA, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-01-20T12:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T15:41:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzbf66m7lclahmn7.jpg" width="514" height="838" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</strong></a><br><br> Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series--and their snazzy posters--for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's poster features the Architecture and Interior Design Lecture Series at the California College of the Arts.</p> <p> <em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p> <p> Unless otherwise noted**, lectures will take place at<strong> 7:00 p.m</strong>. in the <strong>Timken Lecture Hall</strong>, CCA San Francisco Campus: 1111 Eighth St (at 16th and Wisconsin)</p> <p> <strong>ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>Jan 23</strong></em><br> 12:00 p.m.<strong>**</strong><br><strong>Bjarke Ingels</strong> / Bjarke Ingels Group - Copenhagen</p> <p> <em><strong>Jan 27</strong></em><br><strong>Beatriz Colomina</strong> / Princeton University</p> <p> <em><strong>Feb 12</strong></em><br><strong>Natalie Jeremijenko</strong> / New York University<br><br><strong><em>Feb 24</em><br> Aaron Betsky</strong> / Cinci...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality Hyperloop still far from frictionless reality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-17T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-01-30T20:39:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8cjvj0hyhzvaimf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> What we do know: the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> is a fantastic, gee-whiz! prospect that, in an idealized and seamless application, would get between A and B faster than we ever imagined. But whether the Hyperloop actually can (or should) be built is still very much unclear. Ever since Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX) first proposed the Hyperloop last year, his "<a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white paper</a>" plan caused a flurry of excitement and criticism for a project that was still technically quite vague but so futurist (especially as an alternative to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-lane-high-speed-rail-in-california-runs-into-a-low-speed-process/2014/01/13/4aebd266-7c75-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rail's lumbering difficulties</a>) that people loved shouting about it, whether for or against.</p> <p> But since then, how has the Hyperloop project developed? Focus has shifted a bit away from Musk onto <a href="https://www.jumpstartfund.com/hyperloopmilestones.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.</a>, an engineering startup backed by JumpStartFund, a Californian crowd-funding/sourcing platform. The founders of HTT, Patricia Galloway and Marco Villa, are now organizing efforts to actually build the thing (or at l...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88998060/what-tech-hasn-t-learned-from-urban-planning What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/781e1e473973647db454671905b98944.jpg" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86374249/architecture-at-zero-2013-winners-announced Architecture at Zero 2013 winners announced Justine Testado 2013-11-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2013-11-12T15:01:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b32e0ma134xcs4of.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners have been revealed for the Architecture at Zero 2013 competition. Architecture, engineering, and planning students and professionals worldwide were invited to submit their designs of a zero-net energy, mixed-use, and affordable residential building for the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, CA.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86377469/prime-cut-by-rutz-architekten-winning-entry-for-architecture-at-zero-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Prime Cut&rdquo; by Rutz Architekten - winning entry for Architecture at Zero 2013</a></p>