Archinect - News 2015-11-29T12:59:47-05:00 Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-20T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-21T01:19:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Allison Arieff is the editorial director of SPUR, an urban planning advocacy non-profit based in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Known in full as San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, SPUR is primarily focused on improving urban planning efforts and policy in the San Francisco Bay Area.&nbsp;We are excited and honored to have Allison as a jury member for our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Dry Futures</strong></a> competition.</p><p>Previous to her role at SPUR, Allison served as editor in chief at <em>Dwell</em>&nbsp;magazine, which she helped found back in 2000. She is also a contributing writer to the Atlantic&rsquo;s CityLab, the New York Times and SPUR&rsquo;s The Urbanist.</p><p></p><p>Her work with SPUR and <em>Dwell</em> have brought popular attention to sustainable design initiatives and policy, and as a resident of San Francisco, she is well aware of the strains the drought has put on the state. But based on her work with local government and planning officials, she's also seen time and time again how inefficient or straight-up nonexistent our laws regarding water co...</p> "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="" 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=",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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">giant freeway at the Embarcadero</a>? As part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and the City Festival</a>, the &ldquo;<a href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Never Built</a>&rdquo; show. As discussed <a href="" 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> Editor's Picks #227 Nam Henderson 2011-09-04T13:59:55-04:00 >2011-09-05T13:51:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>theids wants to start a conversation about the Animal Architecture Awards. To theids, "this is not Animal Architecture. I feel that they have taken a term that was already being used to describe other projects... which pre-dates this competition that has been hosted for 3 years. " der flaneur cautioned "Zoomorphic is an architecture book for 1st year students that want to see 'cool animal-looking buildings'."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> Apple&rsquo;s just-opened 4th Street (N. Calif.) store, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">is designed so that the new sidewalk, store window panels and inside stone floor tiles all are dimensioned and positioned to present a symmetrical appearance</a>.</p> <p> <strong>subtect</strong> feels "<em>This is a really terrible drawing. if you draw the room volume as a single point perspective, then follow through with the tile and sidewalk lines for fuck sake. The end gaps between the glazing and the storefront perimeter are different widths.</em>" while <strong>tagalong</strong> believes "<em>the cube is actually quite the disappointment, the rear window is a conventional rear window, the only glass that wraps is the exterior so it's all just fake aesthetics...probably started off with the idea for wrap around visibility but at some point got VE'd out due to not being able to reconcile the structural C column with visibility,</em>"&nbsp;However, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Gachich</a>&nbsp;thinks this is just "<em>Another example of architects designing for architects. Looking for some kind of peer recognition, never t...</em></p>