Archinect - News 2015-08-01T16:26:59-04:00 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 >2015-07-31T08:41:03-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/127711878/new-york-london-ranked-highest-in-2015-global-cities-index New York & London ranked highest in 2015 Global Cities Index Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T14:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5yxcyxv5xetp1q4.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New York and London remain the world&rsquo;s most global cities, as they are the only cities to rank in the top 10 of both the Global Cities Index and the Global Cities Outlook according to the A.T. Kearney Global Cities 2015 [...]. San Francisco leads the Global Cities Outlook due to its strength in innovation. Other cities ranking at the top of the Global Cities Outlook include London (#2), Boston (#3), New York (#4), and Zurich (#5).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pm/pmthe53mzemffmja.jpg"></p><p>For lovers of city rankings:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106959605/melbourne-named-world-s-most-liveable-city-for-fourth-consecutive-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105942974/forbes-releases-baffling-coolest-cities-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes Releases Baffling "Coolest Cities" List</a></li></ul><p>For skeptics:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citylab.com/work/2015/05/the-top-6-reasons-to-be-wary-of-city-rankings/393686/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-05T15:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:54:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/2809d5a362ebec8be8a8ba3aa0f89bdf.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When the Presidio Trust announced last year that it was rejecting George Lucas&rsquo; bid to build a museum at Crissy Field, its leaders didn&rsquo;t reveal that three days earlier they had been prepared to grant the &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; creator the land he sought. [...] if he agreed to change the look of his desired museum, a mock-classical temple that at one point had four ceremonial domes. [...] Five months later, Lucas was bound for Chicago.</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/125524892/how-fault-creep-is-very-slowly-tearing-one-california-town-apart How fault creep is (very slowly) tearing one California town apart Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T17:45:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:43:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f32962cd43dc8bd07b4907132a4dfd23.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>South of San Francisco, a whole town is being deformed by plate tectonics. [...] This is Hollister, California, a town being broken in two slowly, relentlessly, and in real time by an effect known as &ldquo;fault creep.&rdquo; A surreal tide of deformation has appeared throughout the city. As if its grid of streets and single-family homes was actually built on an ice floe, the entire west half of Hollister is moving north along the Calaveras Fault, leaving its eastern streets behind.</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/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 >2015-04-04T22:35:29-04:00 <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>