Archinect - News 2014-04-20T23:22:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98204993/cities-need-goldilocks-housing-density-not-too-high-or-low-but-just-right Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:31:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T14:46:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/00/003508c69ab984a03ea84c4a73835db5.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In so-called hot cities [...] battles are raging over height limits and urban density, all on the basis of two premises: 1) that building all these towers will increase the supply of housing and therefore reduce its costs; 2) that increasing density is the green, sustainable thing to do and that towers are the best way to do it. I am not sure that either is true.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98156100/the-spectre-haunting-san-francisco The spectre haunting San Francisco Nam Henderson 2014-04-17T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-17T13:14:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo2jnhdp9j74hbxy.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The housing dynamic in San Francisco raises the capital intensity of consumption. That contributes to an increase in the capital share of income and to the stock of wealth in the economy. Zoning restrictions are a tool of the oligarchy, effectively. I'm only one-fourth kidding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The author(s) examine the origins/causes of the growing housing/rent crisis in American cities, such as San Francisco.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/davidjmadden/status/456453887361576960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Madden</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94803964/twitter-installs-19th-century-log-cabins-in-san-francisco-hq Twitter installs 19th century log cabins in San Francisco HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-03T15:12:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:28:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/boip9z41tc4bgpns.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In keeping with the designer's forest-themed interior motif, a pair of homesteader cabins from the late 1800s are being installed in Twitter's new digs in the historic Western Furniture Exchange and Merchandise Mart building, a 1937 art deco landmark on Market Street. [...] In this spirit of reuse and reclamation, Lundberg saw the cabins as a novel way of breaking up the wide open spaces of a gutted floor in the old furniture mart that will become a casual dining area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking architectural anachronism to a whole new level, Twitter turns the open-plan office on its head by installing original one-room wood cabins from Montana as lunching spaces. Designers for Twitter's offices feel the choice is coherent with the company values of reuse and reclamation, while also strengthening the brand's bird imagery as related to the forest/nature.</p><p>What's left behind is the sour sense of irony coating such a move. In a city fuming with affordable housing and gentrification disputes, it's a bit hilarious for Twitter to insert original homesteading-iconography into its own HQ.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94421510/artists-pine-for-pieces-of-old-bay-bridge Artists pine for pieces of old Bay Bridge Archinect 2014-02-26T14:14:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T20:55:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/396b05ab75c5e82bd9aa9fdd33e9eede.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 76 years, the gray steel eastern span of the Bay Bridge was cursed and reviled but mostly just taken for granted. [...] At least two groups of artists and architects have mounted campaigns to spare some of the steel from the recyclers so that they can transform it into artworks that might include a home, a public gathering space and an Airbnb rental space - with a view of the new Bay Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85465617/winners-of-the-bay-bridge-house-student-design-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Bay Bridge House Student Design Competition</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82785562/rethinking-the-bay-line" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rethinking The Bay Line</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/91992396/sf-gentrification-doesn-t-have-to-be-bad SF gentrification doesn't have to be bad Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-24T13:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukeyl5hhiacgqltn.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco is practically the reductio ad absurdum of gentrification: It&rsquo;s already land limited on three sides by water, and the massive rise of the tech industry over the last few decades has dramatically increased both the population of the area and its wealth. [...] But the blame shouldn&rsquo;t go to the tech companies or their employees moving to San Francisco, however despicable some might be. Blame San Francisco for being pleasant, and its policymakers for being foolish</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91919141/regulating-the-private-buses-of-google-land Regulating the Private Buses of “Google-land” Alexander Walter 2014-01-23T14:47:00-05:00 >2014-01-24T09:13:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/665b08834d6e276b0f5ff311207ad252.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the buses became a symbol for San Francisco&rsquo;s gentrification woes, they were just a fleet of several hundred private coaches that whisked some seventeen thousand workers around San Francisco and to and from the Silicon Valley campuses of such companies as Apple, Google, and Genentech. [...] San Francisco is deep into a second tech boom&mdash;and, with it, many less affluent workers are getting priced out of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91679817/get-lectured-cca-spring-14 Get Lectured: CCA, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-01-20T12:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T15:41:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzbf66m7lclahmn7.jpg" width="514" height="838" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</strong></a><br><br> Archinect's Get Lectured is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series--and their snazzy posters--for the current season. Be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's poster features the Architecture and Interior Design Lecture Series at the California College of the Arts.</p> <p> <em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p> <p> Unless otherwise noted**, lectures will take place at<strong> 7:00 p.m</strong>. in the <strong>Timken Lecture Hall</strong>, CCA San Francisco Campus: 1111 Eighth St (at 16th and Wisconsin)</p> <p> <strong>ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>Jan 23</strong></em><br> 12:00 p.m.<strong>**</strong><br><strong>Bjarke Ingels</strong> / Bjarke Ingels Group - Copenhagen</p> <p> <em><strong>Jan 27</strong></em><br><strong>Beatriz Colomina</strong> / Princeton University</p> <p> <em><strong>Feb 12</strong></em><br><strong>Natalie Jeremijenko</strong> / New York University<br><br><strong><em>Feb 24</em><br> Aaron Betsky</strong> / Cinci...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality Hyperloop still far from frictionless reality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-17T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-01-30T20:39:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8cjvj0hyhzvaimf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> What we do know: the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79322115/l-a-to-s-f-in-30-minutes-tesla-s-hyperloop-would-make-ca-s-high-speed-rail-blush" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> is a fantastic, gee-whiz! prospect that, in an idealized and seamless application, would get between A and B faster than we ever imagined. But whether the Hyperloop actually can (or should) be built is still very much unclear. Ever since Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX) first proposed the Hyperloop last year, his "<a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white paper</a>" plan caused a flurry of excitement and criticism for a project that was still technically quite vague but so futurist (especially as an alternative to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-lane-high-speed-rail-in-california-runs-into-a-low-speed-process/2014/01/13/4aebd266-7c75-11e3-95c6-0a7aa80874bc_story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rail's lumbering difficulties</a>) that people loved shouting about it, whether for or against.</p> <p> But since then, how has the Hyperloop project developed? Focus has shifted a bit away from Musk onto <a href="https://www.jumpstartfund.com/hyperloopmilestones.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.</a>, an engineering startup backed by JumpStartFund, a Californian crowd-funding/sourcing platform. The founders of HTT, Patricia Galloway and Marco Villa, are now organizing efforts to actually build the thing (or at l...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88998060/what-tech-hasn-t-learned-from-urban-planning What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/781e1e473973647db454671905b98944.jpg" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86374249/architecture-at-zero-2013-winners-announced Architecture at Zero 2013 winners announced Justine Testado 2013-11-12T13:45:00-05:00 >2013-11-12T15:01:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b32e0ma134xcs4of.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners have been revealed for the Architecture at Zero 2013 competition. Architecture, engineering, and planning students and professionals worldwide were invited to submit their designs of a zero-net energy, mixed-use, and affordable residential building for the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, CA.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86377469/prime-cut-by-rutz-architekten-winning-entry-for-architecture-at-zero-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Prime Cut&rdquo; by Rutz Architekten - winning entry for Architecture at Zero 2013</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge Google's barge explanation: Bilge? Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T15:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:12:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/180f3cfe795b57cdd9def3a164dbfc5e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Google Barge...A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology." Please forgive me, but if you decide to build what looks like quite a substantial structure out on the water, you might have some vague idea of what you're going to do with it.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store? Alexander Walter 2013-10-29T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-11-07T15:37:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0293bd2f3411d56bc64ca7dba84b8a5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mystery surrounding a large structure built on a barge docked in San Francisco bay is deepening. Is it a floating Google data center? A floating Google Glass store? Or something else altogether?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Meanwhile, (not-so-secret) construction boom at Google's fellow bay area competitors:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84287158/cupertino-council-clears-huge-apple-spaceship-campus-for-liftoff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cupertino council clears huge Apple 'spaceship' campus for liftoff</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68531158/city-planners-approve-frank-gehry-designed-facebook-campus-in-menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Planners Approve Frank Gehry-Designed Facebook Campus in Menlo Park</a></li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's barge explanation: Bilge?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84856435/markasaurus-does-the-math-on-sf-housing-prices Markasaurus does the math on SF housing prices Archinect 2013-10-23T20:40:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T22:33:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71e01588f91f7893c62aeaedbc91ea4f.jpg" width="180" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A question I have heard a lot lately is &ldquo;why can&rsquo;t developers build housing for the people who need it most instead of for the rich.&rdquo; Let&rsquo;s look at what a typical multi-family development project in a reasonably central part of San Francisco would cost to build (in a very simplified way). I&rsquo;m assuming an 800 square foot apartment in a five story 100 unit wood-framed building over a concrete first story (very common in 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/84680198/get-lectured-academy-of-art-university-fall-13 Get Lectured: Academy of Art University Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-10-21T14:17:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T14:18:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/8362a63itjgyl07v.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a><br><br> Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's lecture events poster comes from the Academy of Art University, School of Architecture.</p> <p> <em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p> <p> Note each lecture's time and location.<br><br><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>September 24</strong></em><br> 6:30 pm<br><strong>Peter Walke</strong>r / PWP Landscape Architecture<br> Public Lecture Series School of Landscape Architecture<br> at 1st Floor Presentation Space</p> <p> <em><strong>September 26</strong></em><br> 4:30 pm<br><strong>IDP Presentation</strong><br> at 2nd Floor Presentation Space</p> <p> <em><strong>September 27</strong></em><br> 6:30 pm<br><strong>AIAS - Autodesk Emerging Technologies</strong><br> at 1st Floor Presentation Space</p> <p> <em><strong>September 28</strong></em><br> 10:00-3:00 pm<br><strong>ACSA Career Fair</strong><br> at 491 Post/Morga...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84303288/big-selected-for-new-mid-market-arts-district-building-in-san-francisco BIG selected for new Mid-Market Arts District building in San Francisco Alexander Walter 2013-10-16T16:31:00-04:00 >2013-11-23T06:48:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jkd5awo89zci7g1u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG will get to design 950-974 Market, a new development in San Francisco's Mid-Market Arts District. Prevailing over strong competitors like OMA and Sn&oslash;hetta, this will be the first project for BIG on the U.S. West Coast. The 446,000 sqf (42,000 sqm) mixed-use development will include residential units, retail, arts space and theaters.</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/82785562/rethinking-the-bay-line Rethinking The Bay Line Nam Henderson 2013-09-27T12:16:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:27:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wp/wp4mza5aggdt7tla.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This proposal seeks to demonstrate the potential for re-purposing the historic American bridge infrastructure as possible sites for sustainable urban housing and linear parks...an aerial garden, as the cities newest park through which you could walk and wander and enjoy the most spectacular views of the bay</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the recent&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81057429/time-lapse-of-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">completion of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge</a>, the group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rethinkbaybridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reTHINK Bay Bridge</a>, comprised of Rael San Fratello Architects (Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello), Frederic Schwartz Architects (Frederic Schwartz) and architect Marc L&rsquo;Italien have <a href="http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/upload1/TheBayLineWPA2.O.PDF" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">proposed</a> repurposing rather than destroying, the to be abandoned bridge.</p> <p> h/t&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/bldgblog/status/383349877213626368" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@bldgblog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81685796/get-lectured-california-college-of-the-arts-fall-13 Get Lectured: California College of the Arts Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-09-13T11:46:00-04:00 >2013-09-25T01:08:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x1/x1x54diufhxm6rzs.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a></p> <p> Happy Friday! Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's series is from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.<br><br><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em><br><br> Below are Architecture and Interior Design Lecture Events only, as listed on the poster.<br> (Interior Design events will be marked with ** )</p> <p> Unless noted, all events will be held at<strong> Timken Lecture Hall</strong> at <strong>7:00 pm</strong><br><br><strong>SEPTEMBER</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>September 23</strong></em><br><strong>Jing Liu </strong>/ Solid Objectives (SO-IL)</p> <p> <br><strong>OCTOBER</strong><br><br><em><strong>October 7</strong></em>**<br><strong>Jason Logan and Matthew Johnson</strong> / LOJO<br><br><em><strong>October 12 </strong></em><br> 10:00 am - 5:00 pm<br><strong>Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space</strong><br> (Learn more about this symposium...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81686598/tech-professionals-seek-less-flashy-homes Tech professionals seek less flashy homes Archinect 2013-09-12T17:32:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T14:16:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ys/ys3f5h3ngel6jyoa.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The owner of Hill House is Scott Croyle, senior vice president of design at HTC. At two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a study, the home is just large enough to share with his wife and son. Its modest scale allowed Bernstein to emphasize quality materials over quantity of space. "It's almost a negative value in that (tech) community," said Bernstein of over-the-top homes. "There's a real emphasis on not seeking a mansion right away."</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/81533903/mapping-silicon-valley-s-gentrification-problem-through-corporate-shuttle-routes Mapping Silicon Valley's Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes Archinect 2013-09-10T18:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:02:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8eef362a5b5a0ebaddea4e4c1b890231.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take the public transportation provided by corporate shuttle buses from the likes of Apple, Google, Facebook, and others. It&rsquo;s not news that these shuttles, and the big digital tech companies that run them, are changing the fabric of San Francisco as we&rsquo;ve known it. What feels new is that it&rsquo;s not enough to say that change is coming soon. It&rsquo;s already, very much here.</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/81076784/around-the-bay-photobook-creates-portraiture-from-bay-area-s-manmade-waterfront "Around the Bay" photobook creates portraiture from Bay Area's manmade waterfront Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-04T20:18:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T20:40:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u6/u604tvx4pa5jjs0v.jpg" width="514" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although the Bay is a natural entity borne of great rivers draining the entire Central Valley of California, every inch of its shoreline today is the product of human activity, by either intent or incident.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On September 10, the <a href="http://clui.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Land Use Interpretation</a> (CLUI) will release <em>Around the Bay: Man-Made Sites of Interest in the San Francisco Bay Region</em> -- the second book in its "Man-Made Sites of Interest" series. Aimed to coincide with the historic <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81057429/time-lapse-of-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opening of the Bay Bridge expansion</a>, the book will feature aerial portraits of locations along the Bay's waterfront, accompanied by historical explanations for the site's status. The CLUI was founded by Matthew Coolidge, who also authored <em>Around the Bay</em>, and devotes its exhibition and research spaces to "understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth's surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create."</p> <p> With its <a href="http://clui.org/page/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">headquarters in Culver City</a>, the CLUI has limited open hours for viewing its archives and current exhibitions. The book is available to purchase online through <a href="http://cluistore.org/batobaexmaof.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLUI's bookstore</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80975329/quadratic-super-plaza-foundry-square-near-completion Quadratic super-plaza Foundry Square near completion Justine Testado 2013-09-03T15:32:00-04:00 >2013-10-10T12:34:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wygt6bu5qq0j9o8d.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Foundry Square, a four-part mixed-use complex in San Francisco's South of Market (SoMa) district, is currently in its final phase with the construction of <a href="http://foundrythree.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foundry III</a>, which developer Tishman Speyer <a href="http://www.tishmanspeyer.com/news/articles/tishman-speyer-start-foundry-square-iii-sfs-south-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">purchased</a> in 2012. The target LEED Gold building will have 265,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet for retail. Foundry III will be San Francisco's first new ground-up office building since pre-recession in 2007.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y0/y0ryexbtfbcictns.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://www.studios.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">STUDIOS Architecture</a> and <a href="http://www.swagroup.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SWA Group</a> began designing the quadratic complex for the City of San Francisco/Wilson Equity Office over a decade ago--with the buildings numbered out of sequence as they were constructed one by one. The client's goal for the complex was to create an "active people-place" while providing ample office and retail space. Current tenants in the square include Orrick, Herrington &amp; Sutcliffe LLP, BlackRock Inc., and Gymboree headquarters.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y8/y8kt5m3qlbatessl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> As its name states, each 10-story low-rise structure of the 1.25 million sq.foot complex o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79999929/new-home-of-san-francisco-s-mexican-museum-closer-to-reality New home of San Francisco's Mexican Museum closer to reality Archinect 2013-08-21T17:00:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:35:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rs/rsdbmuep51fel2xz.jpg" width="439" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 20 years, the Mexican Museum, longtime tenant of Fort Mason Center, has sought to open a dedicated building in the evolving Yerba Buena Cultural District as its 14,000-object collection long ago outgrew the present space's capacity. The wait to integrate the museum into the first four floors of a Millennium Partners luxury high-rise may finally be ending - in about five more years.</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/79932291/unbuilt-sf-showcases-past-and-future-bay-area-architecture-projects "Unbuilt SF" showcases past and future Bay Area architecture projects Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-20T21:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-22T18:19:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05exf6pgvr8190pw.jpg" width="398" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If San Franciscans like to describe their city as &ldquo;49 square miles surrounded by reality,&rdquo; the visionary ideas that were too grandiose for even San Franciscans to consider remain some of the most fantastic designs for any city in the world. Imagine a grand casino on Alcatraz, the city wrapped in freeways and a subdivision covering flattened hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p> San Francisco is a small yet fierce city; its 7x7 mile girth is home to a rich history of social activism, tech start-ups, foodies, artists, composting programs and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-bay-area-july-home-prices-20130815,0,7066358.story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">absurdist housing rates</a>. Given its compact and hilly terrain, any addition or subtraction would drastically impact the city&rsquo;s image -- how do you regard a San Francisco without the Transamerica pyramid, or with a <a href="http://www.preservenet.com/freeways/FreewaysEmbarcadero.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giant freeway at the Embarcadero</a>? As part of the <a href="http://www.archandcity.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the City Festival</a>, the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.archandcity.org/unbuilt/%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unbuilt San Francisco</a>&rdquo; exhibition provokes citizens to consider their relationship to the city through its architecture, by examining designs for past and future landmarks.</p> <p> This exhibition may sound familiar -- down south in Los Angeles, the <a href="http://aplusd.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> is exhibiting similar themes of architectural potential with Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://aplusd.org/exhibitions-future/neverbuilt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built</a>&rdquo; show. As discussed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78446579/the-science-fiction-of-never-built-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here on Archinect</a> a few weeks ago, the unrealized plans featured in &ldquo;Never Built&rdquo; are all about past imaginations of a city trying to choose its path...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79846150/after-6-4-billion-san-francisco-bridge-remains-a-mess After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess Archinect 2013-08-19T17:05:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31a4d0dff67f63dbb061521e7c4b962b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was supposed to be the crowning glory of the bridge-builder&rsquo;s art, gracefully echoing the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay. Yet as the project heads for a Labor Day opening after $6.4 billion and 15 years, the country&rsquo;s most daringly iconic highway bridge stands as a poster child for those who think major infrastructure projects are wasteful.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <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></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79625429/british-artist-andy-goldsworthy-is-fascinated-by-us-army-s-long-history-of-tree-planting British artist Andy Goldsworthy is fascinated by US army's long history of tree planting Archinect 2013-08-16T20:23:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2tup0aetewpigg4.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I find so fascinating about the Presidio is that, in the heart of this military machine, there was a huge planting programme,&rdquo; Goldsworthy says, referring to the fact that the park&rsquo;s 300-acre forest was planted by the US military between 1886 and 1900. &ldquo;They had quite a sophisticated sense of landscape,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;They read the landscape in the way that sculptors do&mdash;or at least the way I do.&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/74796347/architecture-gallery-department-of-architecture-to-open-in-san-francisco-on-june-12th Architecture gallery, "Department of Architecture", to open in San Francisco on June 12th Archinect 2013-06-07T20:35:00-04:00 >2013-06-12T14:24:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czys1uum0qouj25z.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Michelle Chang, a GSD grad, and current studio teacher at CCA and Berkeley, has responded to the closing of SFMOMA's A+D department by initiating a new gallery space to promote the work of young professionals.</p> <p> The first exhibit at Department of Architecture is opening on June 12 at the architecture office and think tank, MKThink, featuring practicing academics Matsys (CCA), MTTR MGMT (CCA, Berkeley, SCI-Arc), and Nervous System (MIT).</p> <p> Michelle tells us, "starting Department of Architecture (DoA) grew out of a frustration with architecture's lack of presence within the city.&nbsp; Especially with the SFMOMA closing next week (for three years), all architecture events will be embedded within either local architecture schools or small professional circles.&nbsp; Some of the best architecture exhibitions I've been to were in lobbies of architecture schools, but they were mostly attended by faculty and students.&nbsp; The idea behind DoA is to engage the public in two ways: through a series of ha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74178367/bolts-along-bay-bridge-bike-path-fail Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail Archinect 2013-05-29T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:27:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3ffd1b31bf6669d55f7ae26b59f3b43d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Crews that built the railing committed what experts called a basic mistake - they welded the bolts in place firmly in their slots rather than leaving a small amount of room to accommodate a natural expansion of the bicycle path that happens in hot weather. As a result, scores of the 1-inch-diameter bolts have been sheared off along the 1.2-mile bike path on the southern side of the span's skyway section.</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/72253054/winners-of-the-2013-aia-san-francisco-design-awards Winners of the 2013 AIA San Francisco Design Awards Alexander Walter 2013-04-30T20:59:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T12:14:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfzip3s2vu8e3o56.jpg" width="514" height="704" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The AIA San Francisco chapter has unveiled the results of the 2013 AIA San Francisco Design Awards.</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/66247529/west-8-wins-fort-mason-ideas-competition West 8 wins Fort Mason ideas competition Archinect 2013-01-25T19:55:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:07:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hktjnaa1r0qoa0vi.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design competition to bring fresh life to San Francisco's Fort Mason Center has been won by a team that proposes such twists as a floating pool and a pedestrian bridge to Marina Green.</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/65237724/sfmoma-posts-a-video-about-their-upcoming-sn SFMOMA posts a video about their upcoming Sn Archinect 2013-01-10T20:39:00-05:00 >2013-01-15T08:11:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l6/l6n7qlftphrx7hri.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We're building our future, with a new expansion to open in early 2016. Open, engaging, welcoming, and embracing, the expansion represents a transformative vision of the museum, offering new opportunities for diverse audiences to experience modern and contemporary art. Hear about what's in store for SFMOMA and our audiences in 2016 and beyond from Director Neal Benezra, artist Richard Serra, and other members of the SFMOMA community.</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>