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New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco, This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners
This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners

New images have been released of Foster + Partners’ and Heller Manus Architects’ design for  “First and Mission,” a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development project in downtown San Francisco.

The project consists of a 605-foot condominium tower -- the tallest residential project on the West Coast -- and an 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower. Together the two towers will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

View more images and learn more about the design of the "First and Mission" project after the break...

This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners +5

Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Weston Residence / Specht Harpman Architects, © Taggart Sorensen
© Taggart Sorensen

© Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen +15

G-ROC / Nook Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
G-ROC / Nook Architects, © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual
© Nieve | Productora Audiovisual

© Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual © Nieve | Productora Audiovisual +21

Robert A.M. Stern Remembers Charles Moore

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
Robert A.M. Stern Remembers Charles Moore,  Moore House, Orinda, California, 1962. Image Courtesy of Morley Baer
Moore House, Orinda, California, 1962. Image Courtesy of Morley Baer

Robert A.M. Stern, founder of his eponymous firm and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, remembers his colleague and friend Charles Moore in this article originally published by Metropolis Magazine. Stern writes about the details most would never know — including what it was like to be a guest in Moore's home and his eating habits. Read on to learn about and their relationship over the years and Stern's admiration for Moore.

As an architecture student at Yale editing Perspecta 9/10, I first met Charles Moore by telephone and through correspondence. I had come across his amazing early projects in the Italian magazine Casabella, and was intrigued by what I read about him and his partners — especially in a provocative essay by Donlyn Lyndon. I got in touch with Charles and he volunteered that he was interested in writing about Disneyland for the journal, leading to the publication of his justifiably famous article, "You Have to Pay for the Public Life," as well as a portfolio of projects by his firm Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, Whitaker.

An Interview With Materials And Rapid Prototyping Specialist Krista Ninivaggi

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
An Interview With Materials And Rapid Prototyping Specialist Krista Ninivaggi, A light pendant developed by Ninivaggi for the vault space at Barclay's. Ninivaggi produced a full-scale mockup of the piece to convince the client of the design. Image Courtesy of Miho Aikawa and SHoP
A light pendant developed by Ninivaggi for the vault space at Barclay's. Ninivaggi produced a full-scale mockup of the piece to convince the client of the design. Image Courtesy of Miho Aikawa and SHoP

Named the 2014 Designer of The Year by Contract Magazine, Krista Ninivaggi of K & Co is an expert in material innovation. In the following interview, Susan S. Szenasy of Metropolis Magazine asks the young designer about her design process, the materials she uses and more. 

UK Ministers to Consider Key Recommendation of Farrell Review

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
UK Ministers to Consider Key Recommendation of Farrell Review, Sir Terry Farrell. Image © Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page
Sir Terry Farrell. Image © Agnese Sanvito, via Farrells Facebook Page

The House of Lords has announced that the proposal to appoint a 'Chief Architect' in the UK, one of the major recommendations of this year's report by Terry Farrell, will be discussed by the UK's minister for architecture Ed Vaizey and Housing and Planning minister Brandon Lewis. The proposal was among 60 recommendations made by the Farrell Review at the end of March. Other proposals due to be discussed by ministers are a the idea of establishing a Place Leadership Council and design review panels for infrastructure projects. More after the break...

Why Should You Register A .archi Domain?

00:00 - 30 July, 2014

The time has come for architects, across the globe, to register for their .archi domain names. This year has seen the launch of a entirely new range of domains which explicitly indicate the field of business a particular domain name points to; .archi, the new extension reserved exclusively for architectural bodies, is one such. Not only will it differentiate architects from other fields but, perhaps more importantly, will also help internet users find architects when browsing the web. The development of this domain extension, which has been supported by the International Union of Architects (UIA), will mean that only academically qualified architects and their affiliates will be able to use .archi.

Paul Andreu, designer of the Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the Taiyuan Archaeological Centre, alongside Corinne Vezzoni, have both pledged their support of the new domain name in an advertising campaign by the regulating body Starting Dot.

Click here to register a .archi domain name or find out more after the break...

VOIDWALL / AND

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
VOIDWALL / AND, © Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

© Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin © Kyungsub Shin +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Terra Remota Winery / Untaller

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Terra Remota Winery / Untaller, © Lluís Casals
© Lluís Casals

© Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals © Lluís Casals +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carrer Empordà, Girona, Spain
  • Architects in Charge

    Nacho Ferrer Orenga, Pepe Cortes
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

HOUSE-K / K2YT

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
HOUSE-K / K2YT, © Satoshi Asakawa
© Satoshi Asakawa

© Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa © Satoshi Asakawa +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Consult

    Takeshi Suzuki
  • Area

    291.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Mondang / AnLstudio

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Mondang / AnLstudio, © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre
© Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

© Inigo Bujedo Aguirre © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre © Inigo Bujedo Aguirre +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jongno 5(o)-ga, 124-8 Jongno 5(o)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Area

    34.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?, Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana
Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana

In an article for the New York Times Rachel Donadio examines Masterworks vs. the Masses. From the Louvre in Paris to London's British Museum, Florence's Uffizi to the Vatican Museums, the increasing surge of visitors to these international cultural nodes "has turned many museums into crowded, sauna-like spaces." Balancing everyone's right to be "nourished" by cultural experiences with protecting and preserving the works of art in question is a very real problem. According to Donadio, "even when the art is secure, the experience can become irksome." With some museums seeing annual visitors of up to 6.7 million visitors (British Museum), addressing the issues faced by institutions that are a victim of their own success is becoming more and more pressing. Read the article in full here.

Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, "modernity" could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" set for the national pavilions at this year's Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator's take on the pavilion after the break

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +11

9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT, © Marcela Grassi
© Marcela Grassi

© Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi © Marcela Grassi +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Benedetta Tagliabue, Miralles Tagliabue
  • Project Director and Construction

    Salvador Gilabert
  • Area

    1872.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
City of Santa Monica Parking Structure #6 / Behnisch Architekten + Studio Jantzen, © David Matthiessen
© David Matthiessen

© Stefan Behnisch © David Matthiessen © Stefan Behnisch © David Matthiessen +17

PLASMA Studio Breaks Ground on Chinese Eco-Restaurant

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
PLASMA Studio Breaks Ground on Chinese Eco-Restaurant, Courtesy of PLASMA Studio
Courtesy of PLASMA Studio

PLASMA Studio's latest project in Xixian City's Eco-Park isn't just a restaurant – it's also a greenhouse, hydroponic garden, and indoor playground. The project, which broke ground this past July, will twist and fold across the green landscape. Future dinners will enjoy meals featuring local ingredients and in-house produce (which they will also have the opportunity to pick themselves), echoing the sustainable approach taken by the rest of the park. Keep reading after the break to learn more about the interrelated, mixed-use program.

Courtesy of PLASMA Studio Courtesy of PLASMA Studio Courtesy of PLASMA Studio Courtesy of PLASMA Studio +13

Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books, Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects

This summer, ArchitectureBoston gives readers a reason to linger in their hammocks a little longer and drift away into the world of architecture and design. The new issue contains extensive and insightful suggestions for book lovers looking to build a personal library of new and important titles. Read on for more information.

Hamersley Road Residence / Studio53

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Hamersley Road Residence  / Studio53, © Christian Sprogoe
© Christian Sprogoe

© Chris Maher © Christian Sprogoe © Christian Sprogoe © Christian Sprogoe +18