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: San Jose, California,
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: , 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: , USA
Photographs: WA design

Golden West College / Steinberg Architects

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Architects: Steinberg Architects
Location: , California, USA
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, ,
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: Carmel, California,
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, , USA
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: ,
Date: 2011
Photographs: Undine Pröhl 

  

Hollywood Hills House / Francois Perrin

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Architect: Francois Perrin
Location: , California,
Collaborator: Yves Lefay, Designer/Builder (Eliosolar)
Site Area: 9,000 sqm
Building: 3,000 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photography: Michael Wells

Video: Pavillion Dans Les Arbres

“Pavillion Dans Les Arbres” is an architectural narrative by Evan Mather about the recently-completed Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area Visitors’ Center in California’s Mountains, designed by Los Angeles-based architectural firm Touraine Richmond Architects. Surrounded by native Sycamore trees, the 3,000 square foot building complements other park improvements. With minimal impact to its existing landscape, the intent of their self-sustaining building design is to operate independently off the power grid.

“Presenting Architecture” Exhibition

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The AIA San Francisco is currently featuring an exhibit curated by Robert Becker titled, “Presenting Architecture” which is currently on now until April 26th. The show highlights ‘case studies’ of architectural model makers, photographers and visualization experts along with a communications case study by Amanda Walter, co-author of the upcoming book Social Media in Action.

These studies explore how these artists produce their craft and showcase the value a specialist brings to architectural story telling as well as the importance of using specialists to make your architectural presentation a winning one. More information on the event after the break.

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.

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Catherine Opie has photographed people and architecture in and around Los Angeles, California for over twenty-five years. She has successfully captured the interplay between architecture and urban life by photographing the subcultures and castaways of Los Angeles, from the undersides of freeways to lonely Beverly Hills mansions. These works create a portrait of Los Angeles as a singular built environment.

Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A. features work from five distinct series created over the past two decades that highlight Opie’s captivation with the city. These include Freeways (1994-95), Houses (1995-96), Landscapes (1996), In and Around Home (2004-05), and Shopkeepers (2011).

Habitat 15 / Predock Frane Architects

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Architect: Predock Frane Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Area: 39,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Predock Frane and Elon Schoenholz