Archinect - News 2016-05-03T12:26:37-04:00 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 >2016-04-21T07:46:23-04:00 <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 >2016-04-20T19:50:59-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T19:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mn06xfx9g2qu867m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simply look up into the sky at a single cloud, on average that white pouf holds 8 million gallons of water&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;enough to sustain 100,000 people for a day. Yet the water we harvest has become so scarce, its cost is greater than the devices invented to catch and deliver it. [...] How might we imagine new ways to collect water? How do we get it off my socks and into my coffee cup?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fog catchers &ndash; contraptions that gather the moisture in our atmosphere for drinking water &ndash; have been used by humans and animals alike to survive in some of the driest places on earth. In Chile's&nbsp;Atacama desert, fog catchers have been in use for over half a century, and even are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32515558" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">used to gather water to brew local beer</a>. The Namib beetle (named for its habitat in the South African desert) has a pattern of bumps on its back that funnel trapped moisture into its mouth. Now, these simple water-capturing techniques are being looked to as one of the many potential relief systems in the American southwest's historic drought.</p><p>In one of their simplest forms, fog catchers are essentially fine-meshed nets, erected on the landscape at an angle suited to the area's fog and winds. The basic form was made drastically <a href="http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2013/how-to-get-fresh-water-out-of-thin-air-0830" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more efficient by MIT and Chilean researchers</a> relatively recently, however there's more room for innovation in both smaller and larger-scale applications.&nbsp;In perpetually foggy places, s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130485204/jeanne-gang-s-proposed-160-folsom-tower-in-s-f-faces-sudden-local-opposition Jeanne Gang's proposed 160 Folsom tower in S.F. faces sudden local opposition Justine Testado 2015-06-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T17:31:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcme77cwlmla1tac.jpg" width="514" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These are strange days in San Francisco, where the clamor to build needed housing &mdash; especially at affordable levels &mdash; is matched only by the self-righteous vigor with which actual proposals for that housing tend to be opposed...But if we want a well-planned city with distinctive new buildings for all its citizens, projects like this show that good design and good policy can go hand in hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Developer Tishman Speyer's nearly one-year-old proposal for a 400-foot-tall residential tower, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119969657/jeanne-gang-praises-san-francisco-s-architecture-ecosystem-as-context-for-new-residential-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">which Jeanne Gang designed</a>, at 160 Folsom St. is suddenly <a href="http://www.saverinconpark.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facing opposition</a> from local groups. With former mayor Art Agnos at the forefront of the opposition, the groups argue that the building promotes "economic segregation" and is yet another example of "developers wreaking vengeance" on the city, as <em>S.F. Chronicle</em>'s urban design critic John King states in the article.</p><p>Opponents claim the 400-foot tower would overshadow the nearby Rincon Park and the Embarcadero waterfront, although that area is already developed with large structures like the Gap HQ, the Hills Plaza complex, and the Infinity luxury condo complex&nbsp;&mdash; where Agnos and other opponents recently held their kickoff meeting, interestingly enough.</p><p>In terms of exterior design, King writes that Gang's corkscrew tower would be "a great addition" to San Francisco's skyline, and that the tower's visual distinction has the potential to "g...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129637462/what-s-causing-the-bay-bridge-s-steel-to-corrode-so-rapidly What's causing the Bay Bridge's steel to corrode so rapidly? Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T17:33:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/5114c3600999355592afac4e8b2a4dff.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This relatively low-tech method is among a battery of tests that materials scientists are using to determine why several anchor rods securing the newest portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the region&rsquo;s busiest, failed their earthquake inspections. The first alarms sounded in 2013, when seismic tests found 32 faulty rods. They&rsquo;d been sitting in a large pool of water, corroding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74178367/bolts-along-bay-bridge-bike-path-fail" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79846150/after-6-4-billion-san-francisco-bridge-remains-a-mess" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81057429/time-lapse-of-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Lapse of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall. Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T18:21:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89d61b27c80cc6213d5bf1887ec3868c.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a fledgling startup, finding an office in San Francisco can be a real nightmare. Rents are&nbsp;now climbing past $60 a square foot, second only to Manhattan in the US [...]. This means young startups have to get creative if they insist on staying within the city. And Westfield, one of the world&rsquo;s largest mall operators, has a&nbsp;solution for them: Bespoke, a 37,000-square-foot coworking and event space within its shopping center&nbsp;in downtown San Francisco.</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/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-28T12:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:06:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d27994abe098912637c5a9ab8e7dab3a.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The heart of the campus, designed by SHoP Architects and interior designer Studio O+A, is a multistory &ldquo;commons&rdquo; &mdash; a glassed-in network of circulation and gathering spaces fronting Third Street. [...] Uber said that the design of the Mission Bay office would mark a departure from the open office plans that have become so trendy in recent years. Instead, the Uber workstations will be arranged in a series of work areas, each with access to shared support and collaborative work zones.</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/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T17:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T18:17:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zcupwpwpyehh334p.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget &amp; Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.</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>