Aptos Retreat Residence / CCS Architecture

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Architects: CCS Architecture
Location: , California,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: Residence, 2800 square feet; Barn, 1600 square feet
Interior Designer: Lynn Ross Designs
Landscape Designer: Natalain Schwartz Designs
Structural Engineer: Ron Belknap
Civil Engineer: David Dauphin
Tent Cabins: Sweetwater Bungalows
Photographs: Paul Dyer

Video: Virgin America and Gensler offer Behind-the-Scenes look at SFO T2

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Gensler, architects of SanFrancisco International Airport’s Terminal2(SFO T2) and Virgin America, the terminal’s anchor tenant, announce the release of A Day in the Life of SFO T2, a video by filmmakers Spirit of Space. A Day in the Life of SFO T2 is a key element in ’s fall promotion “VX Deals on the Fly,” launching today via Loopt, the geo-social network. The promotion will offer travelers mobile check-in rewards at various locations throughout SFO T2. More information after the break.

Small House in Olive Grove / Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture

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Architects: Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Wendy Evans Joseph, Chris Cooper, Chris Good, Michael Walch, Reed Langworthy, Farzana Gandhi
Architect of Record: Richardson Architects
Civil Engineer: CSW / Struber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Tysinger & Associates Structural Engineers
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 850 sqf
Photographs: Elliot Kaufman Photography

Hayes Valley Community Clubhouse / WRNS Studio

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Architect: WRNS Studio
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Bryan Shiles, Brian Milman, Geoff Brown, Jenny Huang, Li Kuo, Rus Sherman, Melinda Turner
Landscape architect: TPL
Client: The Trust for Public Land
MEP Engineer: Mechanical Design Studio
Structural Engineer: Daedalus Structural Engineering
Civil Engineer: Luk and Associates
Contractor: CLW Construction
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Ken Gutmaker

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for new museum complex

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The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) today held a community open house to present the schematic design for its new facility to the public. The project, designed by the renowned New York City-based firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), will unite a repurposed former UC Berkeley printing plant at 2120 Oxford Street with a new structure. More information and images after the break.

Video: Chris Burden / Metropolis II

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’s massive kinetic sculpture, , will debut at at LACMA this fall. The project took Burden and his chief engineer Zak Cook four years to complete.

Burden, a performance artist known for crucifying himself on a Volkswagen and once hiring a friend to shoot him in the arm, doesn’t have any particular interest in transportation or urban planning, he says, although he has used toys in his artworks since the 1970s. “Toys are interesting as objects — they’re the tools you use to inculcate children into adults,” he told Fastco Design. “They’re a reflection of society.” His mini-city is “modeling something that’s on the twilight of extinction: the era of the ‘free car,’” Burden says, referring to the idea of jumping into one’s car anytime and going wherever one pleases. “Those days are numbered, but think it’s a good thing. The upside is that cars can be faster and safer, and you don’t have to worry about drunk drivers. Think about it: The cars in Metropolis II are going a scale speed of 230mph. That’d be great to do for real in L.A.”

 

25th Street Residence / Shimizu + Coggeshall Architects

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Architect: Shimizu + Coggeshall Architects
Location: Santa Monica, California,
Project Team: Joshua Coggeshall, Janice Shimizu, Sean Harris, Ryan Klinger, Danny Mascari
Project Area: 2785 sf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Joshua White

WATERMARKS: Acqua Alta, Resiliency, and Precise Meanders

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Architect Jennifer Bonner‘s at the Woodbury Hollywood Gallery.

“Bonner filled the gallery with water in order to provoke a discussion of crisis, flood, drought, and watershed geographies. This piece is not only timely, but critical. The question of flooded environments is not an abstraction but a reality. In an arid climate such as , the wet, hot, and humid installation heightens awareness of other environments and potential future scenarios.” -Mimi Zieger

WBF Lab / Flad Architects

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Architect: Flad Architects
Location: , California
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Flad Architects 

Pitfire Pizza / Bestor Architecture

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Architects: Bestor Architecture
Project Location: Culver City, California,
Project Team: Barbara Bestor (Principal), Cathy Johnson (Project Architect), John Colter (Senior Designer)
Landscape Architect: Urban Organics Landscape Design, Nicholas Tan
Structural: Gordon Polon Engineering
Contractor: Colin Thompson
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ray Katchatorian

Francis Parker School / Lake|Flato Architects

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Architect: Lake|Flato Architects
Location: , California, United States
Project Team: Greg Papay, FAIA, Brandi Rickels, Betsy Johnson, AIA, Kristin Wiese, AIA, Matt Burton, Brantley Hightower, AIA, LEED AP, Vicki Yuan, LEED AP, Laura Kaupp, AIA, Lewis McNeel, Joe Farren and Jeremy Fields
Project Area: 36,271 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Hester + Hardaway Photographers, Frank Ooms

    

Nakahouse / XTEN Architecture

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Architect: XTEN Architecture
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Monika Haefelfinger, Principal; Austin Kelly, AIA, LEED AP, Principal; Monika Haefelfinger, Austin Kelly, Scott Utterstrom, Jae Rodriguez, Qichen Cao, Karin Nelson, Joseph Tran, Karin Von Wyl
General Contractor: NWGC, INC.
Structural Engineer: Axial Engineering Group
Geotech: CY Geotech
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2700 sqf
Photographs: Steve King

747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects

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Architect: David Hertz Architects
Location: Malibu, , United States
Project Area: 2,500 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: David Hertz Architects

   

Henry Madden Library / AC Martin & Hillier Architecture

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AC Martin, in association with Hillier Architecture, designed the new library at Fresno State University, home to the largest collection of volumes in California’s Central Valley. The new design provided innovative solutions to the existing library’s limited capacity for its rapidly expanding collections.

Architects: AC Martin + Hillier Architecture
Location: , California, United States
Project Area: 363,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: AC Martin

   

Motopia: A New Age of Modular Construction / USC School of Architecture

Motopia: A New Age of Modular Construction, an event put on by USC’s School of Architecture, will bring together today’s most creative designers of mobile architecture and examine solutions to current economic, social and environmental concerns in the housing industry; identify emerging technologies and trends; and synthesize recent advancements in design, manufacturing, materials and systems. The event takes place on November 2nd, 2011 from 5-8pm. More information on the event after the break.

‘The Core Project’ Ideas Competition

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The City of , together with The Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a group of local business sponsors, is hosting The Core Project, an international design competition to generate innovative ideas for renewing the city center. A small town with a population of approximately 8,000 people, Sebastopol is the hub of western Sonoma County. It provides commercial and community access for roughly 50,000 people in outlying rural and residential areas but it retains a desirable small town feel. More information on the competition after the break.

Temple Sinai / Mark Horton / Architecture with Michael Harris Architecture

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Architect: Mark Horton / Architecture with Michael Harris Architecture
Location: Oakland, , USA
Photographs: Ethan Kaplan Photography

Eames Designs Exhibition at A+D Museum

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For the first time, the words of Charles and Ray Eames will be the lens of an exhibit at the A+D Museum in from October 1st to January 16th, enveloping the visitor in a 21st century typographic ‘surround’. Their philosophy of design and life will be explored through Eames’ quotes, shown graphically (as well as live on film), and complemented by the display of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an inter-active digital experience. Their appreciation of humble objects is a special gift to the world – during their lifetimes and continuing today. Generations of designers and the public have been affected by their appreciation of the joys of daily life. More information on the event after the break.