Archinect - News 2017-02-23T05:07:34-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149988790/now-that-the-feds-have-abandoned-reality-enter-this-competition-to-keep-the-sf-bay-area-from-flooding Now that the feds have abandoned reality, enter this competition to keep the SF Bay Area from flooding Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T15:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:15:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t281951vb0qiyo93.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prompted by the success of a similar competition it ran in New York several years ago, The Rockefeller Foundation has launched a completely <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980875/what-ben-carson-s-federal-inexperience-means-for-hud" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben-Carson-HUD-free</a> contest that challenges architects and urban planners to "imagine climate change solutions" for the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening for submissions in April, "The Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge" will have two phases. According to <a href="https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/rockefeller-challenge-bay-area-climate-change-resilience-ideas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NextCity</a>:</p><p><em>In the first, teams will participate in a three-month &ldquo;exploratory research and community engagement period to develop initial design concepts for specific sites,&rdquo; according to the release. The second will be a &ldquo;collaborative five-month intensive design phase&rdquo; in which teams will work with residents, businesses, community-based organizations and local politicians. Because three Bay Area cities (Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley) are already part of another climate change adaptation effort, Rockefeller's 100 Resilient Cities,&nbsp;the two projects will collaborate.</em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149985760/is-george-lucas-pitting-l-a-against-s-f-for-his-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Is George Lucas pitting L.A. against S.F. for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T17:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:25:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mz/mznndhruh39u0aua.jpg" width="650" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But so far, Lucas hasn&rsquo;t found a permanent home for his museum. The monumental project has brought him almost as much grief as Jar Jar Binks, the prequel creature from the planet Naboo with an oddly Jamaican accent that some found racially offensive.</p></em><br /><br /><p>George Lucas' multi-year, oft-imperiled quest to find a site for his museum is chronicled in this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-03/george-lucas-can-t-give-his-1-5-billion-museum-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> article, which highlights the difficulties of using only the force of one's personality (and the promise of a "gift" of a museum to a city) to cut through local politics and bureaucracy. According to this article, signs indicate that the filmmaker may be attempting to get Los Angeles and San Francisco to compete against one another for the institution in hopes of speeding up the process (and securing the best site).</p><p>Other Lucas Museum of Narrative Art news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984936/still-no-end-in-sight-of-san-francisco-s-leaning-tower-fiasco Still no end in sight of San Francisco's 'Leaning Tower' fiasco Alexander Walter 2017-01-05T13:01:00-05:00 >2017-01-09T13:34:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6ktcwiro12m1akq0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pamela Buttery lives on the 57th floor. To demonstrate how her home tilts slightly to the left, Buttery hits a golf ball straight ahead toward the window. [...] The ball takes a sharp left turn toward the direction of the tilt, and it ends up in the northwest corner of her living room. [...] How to fix the tower, or at least keep it from leaning even more? Some solutions include pouring a concrete collar around the foundation or building a buttress.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Representatives of the sinking luxury condo tower put the blame on the Transbay Transit Center, a sizable new train and bus terminal currently under construction nearby:</p><p><em>"Millennium spokesman P.J. Johnston says workers have been pumping out huge amounts of water as they tunnel through the soil. Johnston says that process, known as dewatering, is destabilizing the ground. [...] Johnston says engineers have inspected the tower and confirm it's safe.</em><em>"</em></p><p>Many of the million-dollar-property owners at this now infamous address aren't easily quietened though, and a permanent engineering fix has yet to be found.</p><p>The troubled structure previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975010/the-sinking-towers-of-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The sinking towers of San Francisco</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983411/inside-san-francisco-s-complex-relationship-with-homelessness Inside San Francisco's complex relationship with homelessness Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T12:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pc/pcpr6b2dcfh8151w.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this historically researched and nuanced piece for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/opinion/sunday/the-tent-cities-of-san-francisco.html?_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, Daniel Duane examines the conflicted attitude of San Franciscans--and Californians in general--toward homelessness, immigration, and the problems of housing density. He notes that despite the state's fame for its compassionate liberalism, when it gets right down to it few people want to actually make the changes neccessary to prevent transience, whether that's forking out more cash in the form of sales tax to build shelters, or allowing denser housing developments to help keep up with expanding populations (and the subsequent affordable housing crunch). The article notes that:</p><p><em>There are now tents on sidewalks above which people pay $4,500 a month for one-bedroom apartments. The construction this year of a "Super Bowl City"&nbsp;for football fans in downtown San Francisco in advance of the big game sent even more homeless people looking for new turf. Some formed an immense village of colorful domes between a food-tru...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982845/following-ghost-ship-tragedy-city-authorities-and-artists-clash-over-diy-venues Following Ghost Ship tragedy, city authorities and artists clash over DIY venues Justine Testado 2016-12-15T13:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-16T15:39:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5evsphfcllq2mbps.jpg" width="640" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t understand anything about this world, or what that space was, or who these people were, your first reaction is going to be: &lsquo;Why don&rsquo;t you just bring this place up to code?&rsquo; And it&rsquo;s a very quaint notion, and it would be good if that&rsquo;s how the world worked [...]&rdquo; &ldquo;There are so many interlocking problems that are fundamental, it&rsquo;s hard to know where to begin. In almost every case, there are existing code violations to the building before they even move in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982022/diy-space-after-ghost-ship-safety-community-and-informal-venues-after-oakland-s-tragic-fire-ft-s-surface-and-david-keenan-on-archinect-sessions-91" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIY Space, After Ghost Ship: Safety, community and informal venues after Oakland's tragic fire, ft. S. Surface and David Keenan on Archinect Sessions #91</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982388/studio-gang-to-design-new-unified-campus-for-the-california-college-of-the-arts-in-san-francisco Studio Gang to design new, unified campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2016-12-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:23:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qusk4hotyde4r2pw.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Studio Gang has beat out Allied Works and Michael Maltzan to win a commission to design an expanded art and design campus for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. The decision follows a two-year search and planning process.</p><p>Currently, the CCA campus is split between two sites in San Francisco and Oakland. The new unified campus, which will extend on to a 2.4 acre site adjacent to the existing San Francisco campus, will house all of the school&rsquo;s programs. &ldquo;We are excited to discover with CCA the possibilities that a unified campus in San Francisco presents for the future of art teaching, learning, and making,&rdquo; said founding principal Jeanne Gang in a press statement.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lv/lvyb7n0i3zccyjz2.jpg"></p><p>Major components of the plan include continuing the school&rsquo;s tradition of sustainable building practices as well as creating affordable student housing. In recent years, rent in San Francisco has become increasingly unaffordable for most young people. CCA plans to add twice the amount of beds it curre...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980004/check-out-this-stunning-108-feet-long-video-wall-by-obscura-digital Check out this stunning 108 feet long video wall by Obscura Digital Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:56:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zt/zt9zpirpvo3buuhj.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The San Francisco-based company Salesforce enlisted the creative studio Obscura Digital to craft a stunning LED video wall for the lobby of their flagship office. Stretching 108 feet long and containing over 7 million pixels, the video wall features incredibly sharp, HD video content that transforms the space. It&rsquo;s the longest continuous 4mm LED screen in the United States.</p><p>&ldquo;From capturing California&rsquo;s Redwood National Forest in stunning 12K resolution, to a designing a convincing CG waterwall and more &ndash; we held nothing back in striving to impart a sense of wonder to everyone that enters the building," state Obscura Digita.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/gusquzpcwzl0ttbw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uv01voq041jqt45j.jpg"></p><p>Watch a video of the wall in action here:</p><p></p><p>More infusions of the digital into architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975649/michael-rotondi-s-gamerlab-wants-to-revolutionize-architecture-education-through-gaming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi's GamerLab&trade; Wants to Revolutionize Architecture Education Through Gaming</a></li><li><a href="http://Architects:%20If%20You%20Don't%20Start%20Disrupting%20Urbanism,%20Silicon%20Valley%20Will%20Do%20It%20for%20You." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects: If You Don't Start Disrupting Urbanism, Silicon Valley Will Do It for You.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114130154/art-architecture-refik-anadol-at-walt-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975543/check-out-mad-s-new-la-and-sf-designs-for-the-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Check out MAD's new LA and SF designs for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Julia Ingalls 2016-10-27T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T03:02:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sc/sclji6q9egyi4pb5.jpg" width="650" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After a <a href="http://Even%20after%20improved%20plan,%20Lucas%20Museum%20still%20mired%20in%20legal%20and%20financial%20problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">long and obstructive political process</a> (and some sad looking pics of Rahm Emanuel) George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art decided to abandon its attempt to build in Chicago and now is looking toward the Golden State: specifically, Treasure Island in San Francisco and Exposition Park in Los Angeles. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a> of MAD architects has subsequently whipped up some new proposed designs for each locale. First up, Exposition Park:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/um/um2qjteynesjzab1.jpg"></p><p>And Treasure Island:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/nchsi4wslc54ypfy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q8/q8tc9zsre17hjwir.jpg"></p><p>For more on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975401/adjaye-associates-to-design-masterplan-for-san-francisco-shipyard-redevelopment Adjaye Associates to design masterplan for San Francisco Shipyard Redevelopment Nicholas Korody 2016-10-26T13:54:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:06:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6n/6n2tmiko2sk8s262.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hot on the heels of their lauded new National Museum of African American History, Adjaye Associates has been awarded a major new commission: the 760-acre masterplan for the second phase of the San Francisco Shipyard redevelopment.</p><p>The Shipyard will house some 12,000 homes and apartments, a million square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 350 acres of public space on the renovated waterfront. Previously, work on the Shipyard has been led by IBI Architects.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be partnering with FivePoint to explore ways to reinvigorate this site&rsquo;s unique infrastructure for the 21st century,&rdquo; states David Adjaye. &ldquo;This is a project with incredible transformative potential; to be given the opportunity to contribute to San Francisco&rsquo;s urban fabric in such a significant way is a true honour.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/adjaye-associates-masterpl7an-760-ac7re-sa7n/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t Global Construction Review</a></p><p>More from Adjaye Associates:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973813/watch-david-adjaye-and-james-turrell-discuss-light-space-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch David Adjaye and James Turrell discuss light, space, and architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149969926/david-adjaye-on-designing-a-museum-that-speaks-a-different-language" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye on Designing a Museum That Speaks a Different Lang...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975010/the-sinking-towers-of-san-francisco The sinking towers of San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2016-10-24T14:33:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T14:33:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5p/5px91kaji026bt7h.jpg" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Facing a legal and public-relations nightmare with its sinking and leaning Millennium Tower, the San Francisco highrise&rsquo;s developer is redesigning the foundation of its newest luxury condo project up Mission Street &mdash; with the idea of going all the way down to bedrock. [...] the 58-story Millennium Tower at 301 Mission St. [has] sunk 16 inches and is leaning 2 inches to the northwest. That condo high-rise sits on a concrete slab with piles driven 60 to 80 feet deep, well short of bedrock.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>In contrast, the 706 Mission St. tower was designed without any piles. Instead, it was to be held up by a four-story basement garage sitting on a bowl-shaped concrete slab, 12 feet thick at the center and 5 feet thick at the edges.</em></p><p>The Millenium Tower is already sinking even though it was built just a few years ago. The problems plaguing the site raise questions about the integrity of buildings built on bay fill that aren't anchored to bedrock. The SF Chronicle <a href="http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-landmark-tower-for-rich-and-famous-is-8896563.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">broke</a> the story a few months ago.</p><p>More news from the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971973/golden-gate-bridge-needs-additional-124m-to-build-suicide-barrier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Gate Bridge needs additional $124M to build suicide barrier</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961562/san-francisco-rejects-tech-tax-that-would-require-big-companies-to-fund-housing-initiatives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco rejects &ldquo;tech tax&rdquo; that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971973/golden-gate-bridge-needs-additional-124m-to-build-suicide-barrier Golden Gate Bridge needs additional $124M to build suicide barrier Julia Ingalls 2016-10-04T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-03T22:14:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/is/isju0km8d8b1l25y.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Roughly 25 people each year jump to their deaths from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, which prompted city leaders to authorize a plan to erect a kind of&nbsp;<a href="http://Architects%20constitute%20the%20fifth%20most%20likely%20profession%20to%20commit%20suicide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">suicide</a>-prevention stainless steel cable netting twenty feet below the bridge's deck. The netting, which is painted gray to blend in with the water below, has worked wonders on other suicide-prone perches, including the Prince Edward Viaduct. As <a href="http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/golden-gate-bridge-scramble-ex7tra-ca7sh-inst7all/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a> reports, the problem for the Golden Gate is that the bids for the construction have come in about $100 million more than the city anticipated (plus a +/- $20 million contingency fund). The project is on hold until January 9th to allow the city to hustle up the additional funding.</p><p>Other notable San Francisco design news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971460/get-lectured-academy-of-art-university-fall-16 Get Lectured: Academy of Art University, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-10-03T12:38:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:32:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pr/prbjbhu941s2h0sp.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall?&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&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. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Check out what Fall '16 lecture events are coming up at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6218419/academy-of-art-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy of Art University</a> School of Architecture.</p><p><strong>Oct 4</strong><br>6:00pm<br>I&ntilde;aqui Carnicero / I&ntilde;aqui Carnicero Architecture Office and RICA* (with Lorena del R&iacute;o) / Madrid, New York, San Francisco</p><p><strong>Oct 13</strong><br>6:30pm<br>Wes Jones / Jones, Partners: Architecture / Los Angeles</p><p><strong>Oct 20</strong><br>6:00pm<br>Maria Paz and Thomaz Regatos / Rizoma Arquitetura / Belo Horizonte, Brazil</p><p><strong>Oct 25</strong>&nbsp;<br>6:00pm<br>Simon Battisti / &ldquo;Reporting from the Front&ldquo; / Albania</p><p><strong>Nov 1</strong><br>6:00pm<br>Jan-Peter Koppitz / Arup / San Francisco</p><p><strong>Nov 10</strong><br>6:00pm<br>Stephanie Davidson ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961562/san-francisco-rejects-tech-tax-that-would-require-big-companies-to-fund-housing-initiatives San Francisco rejects “tech tax” that would require big companies to fund housing initiatives Justine Testado 2016-08-04T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:07:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/03/03k9s0cfxaaph7s4.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They spend $25,000 per employee per year on perks like free beer and pool tables and massages ... That&rsquo;s great, but can they spend $1,000 to help the rest of San Francisco survive?&rdquo; As it turned out, they could not. Representatives of tech organizations reacted fiercely against the tax, saying that it would suppress growth in the industry that has made the city &ndash; parts of it, at least &ndash; wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Widening the gap between San Francisco's wealthy and poor, the&nbsp;budget committee of the city's board of supervisors&nbsp;rejected on Monday the tech tax, which &ldquo;would have imposed a 1.5% payroll levy on technology companies that generate more than $1m in revenues a year, including Uber, Google, Twitter and Airbnb.&rdquo;</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961306/luxury-condos-sink-in-san-francisco-s-millennium-tower Luxury condos sink in San Francisco's Millennium Tower Julia Ingalls 2016-08-03T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-10-23T15:17:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/or/oritpnjs9wqwi2ki.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been sinking at a rate of two inches per year since it was completed in 2008, which is about ten inches more than the builders had anticipated the building settling for its entire lifetime. Not to be boring, the tower is also tilting slightly to the northwest, giving the multi-million dollar residences within the building a slightly different view of the city and, perhaps, their investment. As the <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SF-s-landmark-tower-for-rich-and-famous-is-8920197.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SFGate</a> reports, while some blame the nearby Transbay Transit Center site dig for the sink, others noted that the building had sunk at least ten inches by the time the excavation began. But not to worry, officials say:&nbsp;</p><p><em>At the same time, geotechnical reports show that since 2009, the settling has been uneven &mdash; resulting in the 2-inch tilt.</em></p><p><em>And while Stanford&rsquo;s Deierlein doesn&rsquo;t consider the sink or tilt a safety issue, he did say, &ldquo;I would be concerned for my investment.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s because a shifting building can cause walls to crack, elevators to malfunction...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954325/san-francisco-could-face-class-warfare-if-it-doesn-t-fix-its-economic-inequality San Francisco could face "class warfare" if it doesn't fix its economic inequality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-27T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T12:10:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jb/jbht03mxggqcz45n.jpg" width="640" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If causal factors leading to housing unaffordability are not resolved over multiple generations, the social stratification will start to resemble countries like Russia, where a small elite control a vast share of the country&rsquo;s total wealth. The result? A society where the threat of class warfare would loom large. [...] San Francisco and the Bay Area have long been committed to values which embrace inclusivity and counterculture. To see these values fraying so publicly adds insult to injury</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from San Francisco's housing crisis on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What these &ldquo;pre-rent control&rdquo; stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs</a></li><li><a title="Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></li><li><a title="Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></li><li><a title='Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948820/what-does-a-1-million-dollar-staircase-look-like What does a $1 million dollar staircase look like? Julia Ingalls 2016-06-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T01:03:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pq/pqtf58wykw6qy4pc.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new building design introduced massive 40 foot sliding glass doors that could one day turn that store into an iCar showroom if they wanted to. The estimated breakdown of the costs started with the shell of the building costing Apple $19 million. Some of the other costs included $1 million on the staircase alone. If there's 30 stairs that $33,333 per stair.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Norman Foster's "spaceship" design for the Apple Campus has attracted its own share of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">critiques for possibly reviving older corporate design models</a>, this newly refurbished Apple Store appears to be heading for a far more multi-faceted (and luxurious) future. In an era where many prefer to order online than trek in person, must a brick and mortar store necessarily be flashier to attract and maintain a customer base?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ut/utx6437yxv4m228s.jpg"></p><p>Apple, in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938303/check-out-the-latest-4k-drone-footage-of-the-new-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out the latest 4K drone footage of the new Apple campus</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138032380/apple-s-next-hok-designed-silicon-valley-spaceship-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944866/apple-store-to-take-over-historic-theater-in-downtown-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple store to take over historic theater in Downtown Los Angeles</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island Julia Ingalls 2016-05-19T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T15:08:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xih5ty15ovl8e4ab.jpg" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A spokeswoman for San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin confirmed that the city and museum representatives are in early discussions about a site on Treasure Island, a destination in San Francisco Bay famous for a naval base. Los Angeles is also trying to stay in the game, with Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that Lucas' project would find a good home in the heart of the movie industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit averse Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is openly courting other cities after Chicago's Friends of the Park filed legal action to prevent the project from building on its chosen Chicago lakefront site, may wind up in San Francisco, although Los Angeles (and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, IL</a>) have offered themselves up as well. Rahm Emanuel, who was a vocal champion of the Museum's proposed locale, recently suggested a compromise in the form of moving the museum to the Lake Michigan adjacent&nbsp;McCormick Place East,&nbsp;but no one is compromising as of yet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lapyii14cw9szaaa.jpg"></p><p>The prequels to this particular saga:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-16T13:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:51:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o6/o6zzfmpz7ttnl48l.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Next month, media organizations in the Bay Area are planning to put aside their rivalries and competitive instincts for a day of coordinated coverage on the homeless crisis in the city. [...] &ldquo;We want the full force of the Fourth Estate to bear down on this problem&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;You will not be able to log onto Facebook, turn on the radio, watch TV, read a newspaper, log onto Twitter without seeing a story about the causes and solutions to homelessness&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fascinating effort in "solutions-oriented journalism", coordinating efforts across 30 media organizations to fully devote one day of coverage to the Bay Area's homelessness problem. While some organizations will report on the issue as they otherwise might, others will propose direct hypotheses for solving the problem, then investigate their potential efficacy.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='"The Haves and the Have Nots" &ndash; digesting the most important news of the week that was, on Archinect Sessions #49' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146286839/the-haves-and-the-have-nots-digesting-the-most-important-news-of-the-week-that-was-on-archinect-sessions-49" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Haves and the Have Nots" &ndash; digesting the most important news of the week that was, on Archinect Sessions #49</a></li><li><a title="LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by 11% in a single year</a></li><li><a title="San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122666324/san-francisco-s-new-pilot-project-to-house-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's new pilot project to house the homeless</a></li><li><a title="Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103861502/transformable-street-furniture-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transformable Street Furniture For The Homeless</a></li><li><a title="Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89829634/can-a-city-really-end-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943339/archinect-s-critical-round-up-of-sn-hetta-s-sfmoma-addition Archinect's critical round-up of Snøhetta's SFMOMA addition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-04T13:19:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T13:41:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zd/zdq8pvkjetxplm35.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While not open to the public until May 14, the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11088/sfmoma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a> has officially unveiled its completed redesign to the press: a massive, iceberg-like addition by Sn&oslash;hetta, conjoined to the original Mario Botta pomo building.</p><p>The redesign is a boon to exhibition space in the museum: Sn&oslash;hetta's 235,000-square-foot expansion more than doubles the space of the original building, and allows for "art-filled free-to-the-public galleries". In total, that amounts to more gallery space than what the eastern-coast's MoMA has. While much of Botta's original building was left more or less the same, the staircase in the entrance atrium was adapted by Sn&oslash;hetta to adjust to a projected increase in visitor traffic.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ub/ubj7sxh7kchclmyl.jpg"></p><p>Julia Ingalls attended the press preview; look for her take later this week. Meanwhile, here's what the other critics are saying:</p><p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-sfmoma-expansion-review-architecture-20160428-column.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne</a> for the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>&nbsp;is at once pleased by Sn&oslash;hetta's design and disappointed by the new museum writ large:</p><p><em>Around back...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:37:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hu/hu65zz2uv3cm1ijz.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sea level forecasts by a coalition of scientists show that the Silicon Valley bases for Facebook, Google and Cisco are at risk of being cut off or even flooded, even under optimistic scenarios where rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions avoid the most severe sea level increases. Without significant adaptation, Facebook&rsquo;s new campus appears most at risk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructionsWhile the Frank Gehry-designed campus was elevated to prevent flooding, even a 1.6 ft rise &ndash; on the low end of predictions &ndash; will "inundate" the campus. Google is a little better off but will also be swamped if the Antarctic ice sheet starts breaking up, as <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/30/sea-levels-set-to-rise-far-more-rapidly-than-expected" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> suggests may happen imminently.</p><p>For more news on rising tides in the Bay Area:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146267509/king-tides-give-a-glimpse-of-what-the-near-future-s-rising-seas-will-look-like" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"King tides" give a glimpse of what the (near) future's rising seas will look like</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146886678/cliff-side-apartments-on-the-brink-of-collapse-following-el-ni-o-storms-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cliff-side apartments on the brink of collapse following El Ni&ntilde;o storms in California</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's news and editorial are organized around a special theme &ndash; <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/741197/may-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Help</a></strong> &ndash; with focused coverage on social and humanitarian issues affecting the built environment with an eye towards ways architects can mobilize and enact positive change.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Have related projects of your own? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942369/open-call-for-submissions-help" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a> before Sunday, May ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-26T13:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T20:50:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nu/nu6lsvo31iv195ss.jpg" width="650" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>strict zoning laws in the Bay Area make it almost impossible to significantly expand the housing stock there. [...] As a result, the tech boom simply means that housing gets less and less affordable for anyone who doesn't work in tech or already own a home. A lot of people are blaming the tech boom itself for the Bay Area's housing problems. But the technology boom is only a problem because the region's housing markets are functioning so poorly.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940696/man-living-in-plywood-pod-in-sf-apartment-told-to-knock-it-off-by-housing-inspector" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man living in plywood "pod" in SF apartment told to knock it off by housing inspector</a></li><li><a title="Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash;&nbsp;is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a title="Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137879810/exceeding-height-restrictions-to-break-a-housing-logjam-in-san-francisco" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exceeding height restrictions to break a housing logjam in San Francisco</a></li><li><a title="Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133421471/shipping-container-village-crops-up-in-oakland-offering-alternative-to-sky-high-sf-rents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents</a></li><li><p><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128107747/airbnb-rentals-cut-deep-into-san-francisco-housing-stock-report-says" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941589/san-francisco-to-mandate-solar-panels-for-new-constructions San Francisco to mandate solar panels for new constructions Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:03:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y4hukyf2aotz4aj4.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city&rsquo;s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings with 10 floors or less designate at least 15% of their rooftop area (pdf, p8) as being ready for solar panel installation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The city of San Francisco now requires that builders actually install solar panels in these areas (at a minimum) starting in 2017. Larger buildings are exempt for now."</em></p><p>Curious about other efforts to make American cities reduce their carbon footprint through harvesting solar energy? Check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144964221/turn-the-2-into-housing-or-a-park-or-a-solar-array-christopher-hawthorne-s-pitch-for-one-of-la-s-most-awkward-freeways" target="_blank">Turn the 2 into housing (or a park or a solar array): Christopher Hawthorne's pitch for one of LA's most awkward freeways</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015" target="_blank">Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941504/city-of-sf-sued-by-religious-group-over-open-air-urinal City of SF sued by religious group over open-air urinal Nicholas Korody 2016-04-19T21:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/osbsvxj0bwir79mv.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/qd/qd24ry3y2foehhhw.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/5q/5q1noiu6j6y5lw5l.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/n4/n4n55yb2x1nfla4r.jpg" width="650" height="443" 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/650x/ay/ayimlei8o0sfeud0.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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 >2016-12-13T20:32:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/31/317869f246072b4599aefa62a7de778e.jpg" width="650" height="507" 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/650x/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>