Archinect - News 2015-11-27T21:35:37-05:00 Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area? Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T19:09:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The subject of a thousand think pieces and endless dinner table conversations, the considerable changes unleashed on the Bay Area by the tech industry over the past few decades are pretty undeniable. An influx of money &ndash; and its attendant culture &ndash; has remade San Francisco and the valley to its south largely in its own image, and has touched just about every other city in the Bay in some way.<br><br>But even bigger changes for the Bay Area are on the horizon, as is made clear in a new "interactive documentary" entitled&nbsp;<em>The Water at Bay. </em>Comprising a map, videos, and text, the website highlights&nbsp;the risks posed to region by rising sea levels, and waCs created in part by a coalition of Silicon Valley business leaders.<br><br>Can the same forces blamed for ruining the Bay Area now come to its rescue?<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>In order to educate local people about the dangers and challenges posed by rising sea levels, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group teamed up with the Bay Area Council and Save the Bay under the banner&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Our B...</a></em></p> 300-mile wall "proposed" for the Bay Area to exile Burning Man festivalgoers, forever Justine Testado 2015-08-07T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T12:47:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Comedy troupe <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultivated Wit</a> takes a humorous jab at megaprojects, outlandish crowdsourcing, and how much San Franciscans loathe Burning Man in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cheeky mock campaign</a> that would support the construction of a 300-mile wall around the Bay Area to keep Burners out, forever. And all at a reasonable cost of $7 billion. Set up like a Kickstarter page, Cultivated Wit's MegaGoGo &mdash; "the funding platform for large-scale infrastructure"&mdash; is complete with those much-needed backer rewards and a satirical campaign video.</p><p>The host of the campaign video details the world-changing benefits of a Burner-wall: "We can make a whole new way of life, as long as we just adhere to a couple principles, like inclusion. If this project is anything, it's about bringing people together &mdash; together to lock people out...We've got to be mindful of the environment. That's why we can't leave a single trace, aside from the giant wall."</p><p>You can check out the entire video below.</p><p></p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Shipping container village crops up in Oakland, offering alternative to sky-high SF rents Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-03T16:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:42:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luke Iseman, 31, leases a 17,000-square-foot warehouse in Oakland in which he has built 11 micro residences out of cargo containers, Bloomberg reports. He charges $1,000 per months for each of the makeshift homes, which aren&rsquo;t legal, strictly speaking. [...] &ldquo;We have an opportunity here to create a new model for urban development that&rsquo;s more sustainable, more affordable and more enjoyable.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news on shipping containers and the Bay Area's residential market:</p><ul><li><a title="The Emergence of Container Urbanism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Emergence of Container Urbanism</a></li><li><a title="Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House?</a></li><li><a title="Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says" href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looking to buy a home in SF? Good luck</a></li></ul> Airbnb rentals cut deep into San Francisco housing stock, report says Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-26T17:05:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T18:17:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 925 and 1,960 units citywide have been removed from the housing market by hosts renting out entire units on Airbnb for more than 58 days, the [San Francisco Budget &amp; Legislative Analyst's] report estimates. [...] The report draws a comparison between the number of evictions in neighborhoods with the most hosts, though notes there is no way to draw a direct connection. In the Mission, for example, there were 315 hosts last year and 323 evictions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> No room for affordable housing in SF? Build it in Oakland Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-30T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-03-31T15:43:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tossed out an idea that she admitted might sound a bit crazy: What if San Francisco housing developers could fulfill their affordable housing requirements by building some of that housing in Oakland? [...] The idea is for San Francisco residents who qualify for below-market-rate housing to live in affordable units that would be built in Oakland. [...] The foundation for the partnership is already being prepped in Oakland</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google's barge explanation: Bilge? Alexander Walter 2013-11-07T15:34:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:12:27-05:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cupertino council clears huge Apple 'spaceship' campus for liftoff</a></li> <li> <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's barge explanation: Bilge?</a></p> Facebook is getting into the housing business? Archinect 2013-10-02T14:06:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:23:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $120 million, 630,000-square-foot complex, called Anton Menlo, is a partnership between Facebook and Northern California residential real estate developer St. Anton Partners. Details of the financial arrangement, including Facebook's investment, were not disclosed. Designed by Southern California KTGY Group, it will have a mix of studios and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. As part of Facebook's agreement with the city, 15 below-market-rate units are set aside for low-income tenants.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>