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Architecture City Guide: San Francisco

10:10 - 29 December, 2010

This week we are featuring San Francisco for our Architecture City Guide series.  Thank you to all of our readers for adding their can’t miss buildings last week.  We hope to see your comments below this week too.

Follow the break for our San Francisco list and a corresponding map!

Design + Wine exhibit at SFMOMA

12:30 - 23 November, 2010
Zaha Hadid's Tondonia Vina Pavilion
Zaha Hadid's Tondonia Vina Pavilion

“How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now” is a brand new exhibit at the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art.  Co-created and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibit was organized by Henry Urbach, SFMOMA’s Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design.  Bringing attention to the wine industry and its integration with the latest artists, designers and architects the exhibit will be on display at SFMOMA until April. A main part of the exhibit is featuring the architectural spaces that house the wine making process, tastings, museums, etc.  Some big name architects who have developed designs for cutting-edge wineries include: Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Herzog and de Meuron, Renzo Piano and Alvaro Siza.

Stephen H Kanner Exhibit / Architecture + Design Museum

09:00 - 4 November, 2010

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, the Architecture + Design Museum is launching its latest exhibition – a retrospective honoring Stephen Kanner.  Kanner, in addition to being the founder and president of the A+D, was also a third generation architect and principal of Kanner Architects.  Some of his most notable projects include PUMA retail stores worldwide, in addition to his contributions to his native LA environment.   The exhibit, which will run from November 4th through January 16th, will display sketches and models of his work.   As Sam Lubell reported for the AN Blog, “Many will be surprised by the depth of Kanner’s talents—he could sketch almost any building or neighborhood with exact precision, his cartoons were artful and hilarious, and he excelled at painting, model-making, and even carpet design— or even the breadth of his architecture, so this show is a must-see.”   The museum is set to establish a Stephen Kanner Memorial Fund to ensure the future of the museum.  A+D explained, “Kanner envisioned a museum dedicated to progressive architecture and design, celebrating not only the design breakthroughs of the city but also the accomplishments of the national and international design scenes.”

AIA Los Angeles announces 'Arch is' Competition Call for Entries

18:00 - 2 November, 2010

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|Los Angeles) is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 2010 Arch Is competition. Only in its sophomore year, Arch Is is the newest addition to the AIA|Los Angeles’s growing roster of programs.

Project Umbrella / Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak

17:00 - 22 October, 2010
Courtesy of Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak
Courtesy of Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak

Project Umbrella by architects Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak has been awarded first place in the LA Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, presented by SCI-Arc and Architect’s Newspaper in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency, along with other public and private sponsors.

More images and descriptions after the break.

Joshua Tree Boulder House / W. Garett Carlson

21:00 - 12 September, 2010
© W. Garett Carlson
© W. Garett Carlson

Trained as a landscape architect, W. Garett Carlson has designed a 1700 sf residence entitled the Joshua Tree Boulder House.  Situated on 2.5 acres in Joshua Tree, California,  the residence is intended to seem as though it is emerging from the ground.  This conceptual idea stems from the site’s proximity to the Joshua Tree National Park which contains some of the most fascinating boulder shapes in the world, according to Carlson.

More images and more about the residence after the break.

Update: Broad Museum / DS + R

10:00 - 24 August, 2010

Back in May, when American philanthropist, Eli Broad, announced his plans to build a new museum in downtown Los Angeles, six invited top architects competed for the commission ( Rem KoolhaasHerzog and de MeuronChristian de Portzamparc, Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Foreign Office Architects).   Yesterday, Broad confirmed that Diller Scofidio + Renfro (one of just two invited firms who have not been awarded the Pritzker) will design the  120,000 sqf downtown museum.

Icup II_Synthetic Landscape / APHIDoIDEA

17:00 - 21 July, 2010

Using 4,000 paper cups and 15,000 staples, APHIoIDEA’s newest installation is gracefully suspended from the ceiling, creating a new spatial experience in previously un-utilized storefronts.  The architectural installation is part of PHANTOM GALLERIES, an organization that places temporary installations in vacant storefront windows throughout LA to instantly form a new public art gallery.

A video, more images/diagrams and more about the installation after the break.

'Megan Geckler: Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take' Exhibition

18:00 - 20 July, 2010

The work of Los Angeles-based artist Megan Geckler lies somewhere between art and design, with architectural installations that are assembled from thousands of strands of multicolored flagging tape, a plastic ribbon typically utilized by surveyors to demarcate space on construction sites.

Standard Receives Honors for Hidden House

20:00 - 14 July, 2010

Standard, a Los Angeles-based architecture and design practice, received an award from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), as winner of the Single Family Housing category at the 40th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards for the Hidden House project. The modern single family residence was chosen as an example of local architectural innovation for the home’s eco-friendly construction, which involved incorporating an existing two bedroom cottage into a new, larger structure, without marring the natural context of the home’s expansive and rare 7-acre site.

Field Rupture / VeeV Design

10:00 - 11 July, 2010
Photograph © Reid Yalom
Photograph © Reid Yalom

A sculptural installation by VeeV Design, entitled Field Rupture, rests upon the courtyard of a 1950s modern house in Berkeley Hills, California.  Since the installation is applied over the topological surface, the shifting ground conceptually pushes the surface vertically, and, as the name implies, this action causes the surface to “rupture.” Using a laser cutter to produce the digital fabrication, the sheet metal formation seems to burst from the ground as a “figure of two planes pushing against one another.”

Jonathon Segal Documentary / Breadtruck Films

12:00 - 5 July, 2010

This past week, we’ve featured several of Jeffrey Durkin’s videos, such as Lindsay Brown’s ideas for the SD Waterfront and Miki Iwasaki’s philosophy on furniture design, architecture and society.  This video highlights Jonathan Segal, a San Diego developer and architect, who focuses on urban projects such as high-density residence, mixed use, and live/work units.

More about the video after the break.

New City Farm / Studio One Eleven

21:00 - 1 July, 2010

© Studio One Eleven
© Studio One Eleven

Our friends from Studio One Eleven have just broken ground on Long Beach’s newest urban farm.  The design is an extension of the New City School, a charter campus within the Long Beach Unified School District, that will teach children important lessons about the environment and nutrition.”The need to grow locally, provide affordable organic foods, and reconnect people to the land is an issue we are very passionate about at Studio One Eleven. All of our projects…represent our interest in improving the natural and built environment while creating a better community,” explained Michael Bohn, principal of the firm.

More images and more about the urban farm after the break.

San Diego Waterfront / Breadtruck Films + Lindsay Brown Studio

10:00 - 1 July, 2010

Jeffrey Durkin, founder of Breadtruck Films, has documented the ongoing efforts of the architect + developer movement to revitalize San Diego’s urban waterfront.  In a city where a tree, let alone a patch of grass, is hard to come by,  architect Lindsay Brown has proposed a public park along the edge of the city to break the monotonous hardscape of buildings and highways that dominate the area.

More about the design, including renderings from the architect.

M.H. de Young Museum / Herzog & de Meuron

13:15 - 30 June, 2010
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum by Herzog & de Meuron is a remarkable revival of a building that no longer exists. The original museum, which opened in 1895, was an outgrowth of a fair modeled on the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition the previous year known as the California Midwinter Internation Exposition of 1894. Located in the sunny San Francisco, California, the museum was formerly named for one of the city’s newspapermen M.H. de Young. The old museum was a bulky structure decorated with concrete ornaments, which began falling off the building and became hazardous, leading to their removal in 1949. The building was completely destroyed, however, in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake.

More on the museum after the break.

Females Dominate SF Public Works

12:00 - 28 June, 2010

This year is looking positive for women in the architectural field in San Francisco.  As The Architect’s Newspaper reported, the city just sent out an RFQ to firms for its “as-needed work” list, a procedure which happens every three years.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive / Diller Scofidio + Renfro

17:00 - 25 June, 2010

The University of California, Berkeley just announced that they have chosen to work with  Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the new Berkeley Art Musuem + Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA).  The site of the new museum is a crucial component for connecting the Berkeley campus while also activating the downtown arts and commerce districts.

Green Products Innovation Institute, Inc / Cradle to Cradle

10:00 - 21 May, 2010

Yesterday, architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart launched their Green Products Innovation Institute, Inc. , an addition to their Cradle to Cradle Movement® (C2C).  This new non-profit organization is focused on being a valuable resource for all consumers, and ultimately, will help people achieve a higher level of environmentally safe and healthy products.  The driving force behind the movement is that through the innovation of “redesigning products and ingredients to become nutrients, and enabling old products to become the raw material for new goods and services” a cycle of reusing elements will eliminate waste.