San Francisco To Transform City with Eco-Districts

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San Francisco’s Planning Department is working with California’s sustainability guidelines to structure growth within the city in accordance with the state’s requirements and the city’s goals through the department’s Sustainability Development Program.  The program aims to reduce water consumption, reduce waste and enhance community-scale energy resources.  To aid in the fulfillment of these goals, the program is implementing a tool called – a community of property owners, businesses and residents within a neighborhood that collaborate to develop and initiate sustainable development projects in their area.  Using a set of performance metrics, neighborhoods can shape their projects with custom strategies for their community.

The Eco-District is fundamentally a community-driven development that has the potential to achieve the smart growth of sustainable ideas but also build local urban identity and enforce a sense of place among its residents.  The Eco-District movement has already taken shape in (TX), Boston (MA), Seattle (WA),  Washington DC, and Portland (OR) in various degrees of development.  San Francisco’s adoption of this tool will help drive the successes of the Sustainability Development Program with a focus on holistic approaches of neighborhood development and support with environmentally conscious improvements.

Read on for more on San Francisco’s Eco-Districts.

CH2 Melbourne City Council House 2 / DesignInc

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Architects: DesignInc
Location: ,
Project Team: Rob Adams (Project Director -City of Melbourne), Mick Pearce (Design Director), Stephen Webb (Design Architect), Chris Thorne (Design Architect), Jean-Claude Bertoni (Project Architect), Vi Vuong (Architect), Aldona Pajdak (Interior Designer)
Area: 12,500 sqm
Photographs: Dianna Snape, David Hannah

Aluminium Flower Garden / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

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Architects: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger Architects
Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger Architects

‘Occupy Infrastructure’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Barkow Leibinger Architects

One of the selected entries in the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, the ’Occupy Infrastructure’ proposal by Barkow Leibinger Architects… is three-fold. The main idea is to construct a network of retaining berms based on priority and need with local

Split House / TWS & Partners

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Architects: TWS & Partners
Location: West Jakarta,
Photographs: Fernando Gomulya

Residence Origami / Agence Bernard Bühler

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Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler
Location: , France
Consulting Engineers: ETBA (Bétons) CGB Concept (Thermique) Freddy Charrier (Paysagiste)
Area: 3,489 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vincent Monthiers, Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler

Chambers Eat + Drink / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 601 Eddy Street, , CA 94109, USA
Design Team: Charles Doell and Miriam Marchevsky Alegra Design Team: Charles Doell, Miriam Marchevsky, and Alvaro Bonfiglio
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeff Dow

Circuit of The Americas / Miró Rivera Architects

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Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Location: Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, , TX 78617, USA
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Finkel | Piston Design, Circuit of the Americas, Tomas Segura, Ted Parker, Jr. | Circuit of the Americas, Steve Colburn, Courtesy of , Dorna Sports, Michael Hsu |

From left: Andy Warhol, David Whitney, Philip Johnson, Dr. John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in 1964. © David McCabe
From left: Andy Warhol, David Whitney, Philip Johnson, Dr. John Dalton, and Robert A. M. Stern in the Glass House in 1964. © David McCabe

Imagine Our Digital Future and Join the Glass House Conversations’ Last Online Dialogue

How can the web best inspire new dialogue? What does preservation mean in the digital world? How do you imagine your digital future?

Since 2010, Glass House Conversations have brought together an illustrious group of hosts and participants from many creative disciplines, including architecture, art, design, landscape architecture, and preservation. Now, for their 100th and final online dialogue, the Glass House Conversations would like for you to consider the questions above and share your thoughts on our collective digital future here on their website.

The Conversation is open to comments from the public now through July 7, at 8pm ET.

National Museum of Korean Contemporary History / JUNGLIM Architecture

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Architects: JUNGLIM Architecture
Location: Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
Client: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Area: 6,444.7 sqm
Photographs: Namgoong Sun

Bracket 2: Goes Soft

From the Publisher. Bracket 2 examines physical and virtual soft systems, as they pertain to infrastructure, ecologies, landscapes, environments, and networks. In an era of declared crises—economic, ecological and climatic, amongst others—the notion of soft systems has gained increasing traction as a counterpoint to permanent, static and hard systems. Acknowledging fluid and indeterminate situations with complex feedback loops that allow for reaction and adaption, the possibility of soft systems has re-entered the domain of design. Bracket 2 critically positions and defines soft systems through 27 projects and 12 articles. From soft politics, soft power and soft spaces to fluid territories, software and soft programming, Bracket 2 unpacks the use and role of responsive, indeterminate, flexible, and immaterial systems in design.

Iron Market Reconstruction / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: , Département de l’Ouest, Haiti
Architect In Charge: John McAslan
Area: 4,645 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton+ Crow, Roger Leymone

Courtesy of RMJM
Courtesy of RMJM

Taichung City Cultural Center Competition Entry / RMJM

With arts and culture at the core of Taichung’s urban identity, and the vision to lead in innovation and technology, this design proposal by RMJM… seeks to bring together these significant attributes in a building emblematic of Taichung’s achievements and

Blanc, Showroom L’Antic Colonial / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Villareal, Castellón
Design Team: Fran Silvestre Jordi, Martínez, María José Sáez
Area: 29 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Alda

Paulus Bookshop / Site Specific Arquitectura

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Architects: Site Specific Arquitectura
Location: Lisboa, Baixa
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Pereira

28 Posti Restaurant / Francesco Faccin

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Architects: Francesco Faccin
Location: Navigli,
Architect In Charge: , Maria luisa Daglia, Gaetano Berni
Bollate Lab: Liveinslums, Francesco Faccin
Image Coordinator: Claude Marzotto
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filippo Romano

Courtesy of YAC
Courtesy of YAC

Young Architect’s Competition: ‘Post-Quake Visions’

YAC just launched their latest competition, titled ‘Post-Quake Visions,’ which aims to find out innovative ways to overcome the effects of a seismic catastrophe over a medieval Mediterranean town. Participants are encouraged to rethink and redesign the quake-inflicted gaps left inside ancient…

Schwäbisch Media / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Karlstraße 16, 88212 , Germany
Project Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Uta Böcker, Tobias Gehrke, Ramón Alvarez-Roa, Ole Hallier, Sjoerd Wilbers
Collaborators: Janosch Welzien, Jasper Stevens, Martin Tessarz, Tobias Bam- berg, Steffen Winkler, Carlatta Giacomin
Area: 13800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter