HYDRAMAX: Port Machines / Future Cities Lab

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Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project, which is currently on exhibit at SFMOMA until July 29, proposes a radical rethinking of ’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles

Choy Residence © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)

Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) is an exhibition that focuses on four Chinese American architects that have transformed parts of Los Angeles with iconic buildings and distinct design styles.  The work will be on display until June 3rd 2012 and feature architects such as Eugene Choy, Gilbert Leong and Gin Wong.

Breaking Ground is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration created by Getty in which sixty cultural institutions will tell the story of the birth of LA art scene over the course of six months beginning October 2011.   Breaking Ground at CAM LA tells the story of the skyline and the changing built environment through the perspective the four prominent Chinese American Architects.

More after the break.

Shortlist announced for the highly anticipated Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

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After remaining on hold since 2005, the General Services Administration (GSA) has reinstated plans to construct a new U.S. Courthouse in downtown LA. The 3.7 acre dirt lot at 107 South Broadway, down the street from Morphosis’ Caltrans building, LA’s City Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, has remained dormant since 2007; shortly after the GSA abandoned Perkins + Will’s estimated $1.1 billion conceptual design due to rising costs. Now, plans for the courthouse have been scaled back and the GSA has just released the shortlisted teams competing of the project. Continue reading after the break to see who made the cut.

Orange Grove / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: , California,
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal- in-Charge. Angela Brooks, AIA, Silke Clemens, Vanessa Hardy, Ching Luk, Project Architect, Gwynne Pugh, AIA, Lawrence Scarpa, Katrin Terstegen – Project Design Team
Structural Engineering: Oxford Engineering MEP: Helfman Halloossim
Client: Urban Environments, Inc.
General Contrator: Becker General Contractors – Sandy Becker
Project Area: 6,700 sq. ft.
Photographs: Marvin Rand

“White” Book Show Installation 2011 / Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Studio 400

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“White”, a gallery installation produced by the 20 students of Studio 400, a fifth-year architectural design studio at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, served to present each of the student’s research books. The installation was designed, developed, fabricated, and installed by the studio in a collaborative effort. The students developed the design over a period of about a month, with fabrication and installation occurring over a five day period. 80,000 square feet of plastic sheeting was sliced, loomed, woven, stapled, taped and tied to provide a climbable and malleable surface in the 4,500 square foot gallery. “White” supported a variety of interactive experiences above and below this dynamic surface, opening and exploring the relationships between book, user, material, space, and collective group. More images and the studio’s description after the break.

U.S. Census Bureau reports Los Angeles as the Nation’s Densest Urban Area

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Based on 2010 Census results, the nation’s most densely populated urbanized area is /Anaheim/Long Beach, , with nearly 7,000 people per square mile. Surprised? Not only did the Los Angeles area rank first, but of the ten most densely populated urbanized areas, nine are in the West, with seven of those in California. Continue reading for more.

Private Residence in San Francisco / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

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Architects: Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design
Location: San Francisco, California,
General Contractor: M J Moore Design and Construction
Project Size: 1,325 sqm
Project Completed: January 2012
Photographs: Joe Fletcher Photography

UC Davis West Village / Studio E Architects

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Studio E Architects faced a compelling challenge when designing the first phase UC Davis West Village, which opened last October in ’s upper Central Valley.  Experiencing moderate winters, warm summers, prevailing winds and moderate rainfall within the heart of former agricultural fields, the new addition to UC Davis was to be a net-zero facility. Serving as the largest of its kind and a model for campus communities and environmentally conscious urbanism.  That is sustainable and community oriented.  The program required 123 units of student apartments in one, two and three-bedroom configurations, 45,000 square feet of ground level commercial space all of which would emulate the central park space in downtown Davis and become the heart of West Village.

Follow us after the break to see the sustainable solutions that Studio E Architects came up with!

“Towards Comfo-Veg” Exhibition at SCI-Arc

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Exhibited from April 6 – Mary 13, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is pleased to present “Towards Comfo-Veg,” a large scale, site-specific installation designed for the SCI-Arc Gallery by architect and artist Peter Cook and partner Gavin Robotham of London-based CRAB Studio. Building on CRAB’s internationally recognized experimental work, Towards Comfo-Veg introduces an almost completely light-tight, multimedia experiential space welcoming visitors through a single point of entry and leading towards hints of an invented and dreamlike world. More information after the break.

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Solar Decathlon

WaterShed / University of Maryland - 2011 Architecture Winner

U.S. Department of Energy has announced the date and location of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. Appearing for the first time outside of Washington D.C., the highly anticipated competition will take place in 2013 from October 3rd through the 13th at the Orange County Great Park in , California. Launched in 2002, the biennial event will challenge twenty collegiate teams to design, build and operate a solar-powered house that is cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Participants are judged by their ability to blend affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Continue reading after the break for more information and the complete list of the 2013 teams.

Evergreen Valley College / Steinberg Architects

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Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: , , USA
Team: Ernie Yamane, AIA – Principal in Charge, Dennis Cook, AIA – Project Manager, Brigitte Williams, AIA– Designer, Lisa Welty-O’Hare- Interior Design, Ron Saiki, AIA, Christopher Lewis, Paul Bae, In-HyrungSeo, DedeImpink, AIA – Specifications
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Rainbow Living / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: Santa Monica, California,
Size: 4,200 sqft
Cost: $250 per sqft
Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc

   

Folger Offices / WA design

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Architects: WA design
Location: Berkeley,
Photographs: WA design

Golden West College / Steinberg Architects

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Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Huntington Beach, California,
Design Team: David Hart, AIA – Principal in Charge& Project Manager, Michael Miller– Project Designer, Paul Garcia – Job Captain, Heather Melish – Interior Design, Vikas Shrestha, PhD, AIA – Sustainability Expert, Amy Newborn, John Almendras.
Photographs: Tim Griffith,

House Ocho / Feldman Architecture

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Architects: Feldman Architecture
Location: Carmel, , USA
Completion Date: September 2004
Size: 2,900 sqm + 600 sqm cottage for guests
Photographers: Paul Dyer , Kodiak Greenwood, Claudio Santini and Roland Bishop, JD Peterson

Caterpillar House / Feldman Architecture

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Architects: Feldman Architecture
Location: , , USA
Completion Date: January 2010
Size: 2,800 sqm
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Crafton Hills College / Steinberg Architects

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Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: Yucaipa, ,
Design Team: David Hart, AIA – Principal in Charge, Gilbert Rocca – Project Manager, Michael Miller– Designer, Pietro Silva- Interior Design, Doug Hoffet – Project Architect, Sonnet Hui, Tyler Martine, Clem Roger, Clem Roger, Jennifer Davis, Juan Santana
Photographs: Tim Griffith

Silverwood Lake / Touraine Richmond Architects

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Architects: Touraine Richmond Architects 
Location: California,
Date: 2011
Photographs: Undine Pröhl