Academy of Art University Introduces the School of Landscape Architecture

The Academy of Art University, the nation’s largest private accredited art and design university, has announced the addition of the School of Landscape Architecture.

Led by Heather Clendenin as Director of Landscape Architecture, the School of Landscape Architecture joins the Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, Fine Art & Sculpture and Graphic Design.

The School of Landscape Architecture will be offering accredited Associate’s (AA) and Bachelor’s (BFA) degree programs as well as continuing art education courses beginning Summer 2011 semester.

You can find more information about the new landscape architecture program here.

Linda Flora Residence / Shubin+Donaldson Architects

© Mike Amaya

This 26,800 sqf home, designed by Shubin+Donaldson Architects, not only merges with its remarkable environment, but virtually disappears. Except for a few deft lines and angles – such as the ordered rows of the surrounding vineyard – there is very little perceivable ‘built’ presence. The entrance is marked by a single low wall, delicately cut into the land while sheltering a stairway that immediately begins the descent into the home.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: Shubin+Donaldson Architects
Location: , California,
Partners in Charge: Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson
Project Designer: Bradford Kelley
Project Area: 26,800 sqf
Project Year: In development
Renderings: Mike Amaya

NOAA La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project / Gould Evans

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is constructing a new facility to replace the existing NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) located in La Jolla, California, which is threatened by continuing bluff erosion. Designed by Gould Evans, the new facility will include approximately 124,000 sqf with an additional 90,000 sqf of under building parking, and is located on a site east of the existing SWFSC property. The proposed 3.305 acre site enables NOAA to continue its long-term partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) of UC San Diego, but constrains the design, construction and available development due to its steep grade.

Project description, video, and images following the break.

Architect: Gould Evans
Location: La Jolla, California,
Associate Architect: Architects | Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer and Prime Consultant: Gibbens Drake Scott
Structural Engineer: TranSystems Corporation
Specifications, Laboratory Consultant, Security Consultant, and Sustainability Consultant: HDR Architecture
Life Support Systems Consultant: MWH Americas
Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting
Landscape Architect: Wimmer Yamada & Caughey
Vegetated Roofs Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Project Area: 214,000 sqf
Project Year: estimated 2011
Renderings: Gould Evans

Material beyond Materials: Composite Tectonics

“Material beyond Materials: A Composite Tectonics Conference on Advanced Materials and Digital Manufacturing” combines progressive presentations in the fields of architecture, the arts, engineering and materials research. The conference participants will present and discuss their most innovative ideas, projects and positions concerning materials, technology and the impact on the architecture and construction disciplines and professions.

Friday, March 25, 6-8pm
Saturday, March 26, 10am-5pm
Campus 960 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California,

Taking place on the SCI-Arc campus in downtown Los Angeles, the two-day forum open to the public and the community at large will explore technological advances in composite materials, innovations in construction, and current design discourse—with some of the most important names in today’s building, fabrication and design industries.

Jussila / Studio B Architects

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This project consists of master planning 80 acres of fertile hills with programmatic elements that include a winemaking facility, main residence and tasting room. The site is situated in Paso Robles, , center of an emerging wine region just north of Santa Barbara.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: Studio B Architects
Location: Paso Robles, California, USA
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Photographs: Wayne Thom

Zeidler Residence / Ehrlich Architects

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Located on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 3,500 sqf Zeidler Residence, designed by Ehrlich Architects, arranges interior and exterior living spaces to maximize views, natural light, and ocean breezes within a subtle, sophisticated material palette.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Aptos, ,
Project Area: 3,500 sqf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rooftop Garden / Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) rooftop garden is an open-air gallery defined by the intersection of sculpture, space and light. Recipients of an AIA National 2011 Honor Award for Architecture, American Architecture Awards 2010, an AIA 2010 Honor Award for Design, and an AIA Council 2009 Merit Award for Design, the project was designed by Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects.

Architect: Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Principal: Mark Jensen
Project Architect: Dean Orr
Project Team: Steven Huegli, Gretchen Krebs, Orit Goldstein-Mayer
Landscape Architect: CMG (Conger Moss Guillard) Landscape Architecture
Structural Engineer: Forell / Elsesser Engineers, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Audio Visual: Auerbach-Pollock-Friedlander
Acoustical: Charles M. Salter Associates
Contractor: Vance Brown Builders
Owner/Client: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Richard Barnes, Henrik Kam, Bernard Andre

Chattanooga Street Duplex / Zack | de Vito

© Massimiliano Bozonella

This project is a modern, urban two-unit townhouse designed by Zack | de Vito. Its construction consists of a 3-story wood frame structure over a concrete basement/garage. The site is a typical San Francisco lot, 26′ x 115′, with a moderate to steep upslope. The project was undertaken as a design build project with the Architect also being the owner and the general contractor. The North unit is the owner/architect’s home, and the South unit was sold. The design/build/develop strategy allowed the owners to build a new, modern home in the almost inaccessibly expensive Bay area housing market. The design build strategy also allowed an extraordianry amount of design freedom during construction, with details being worked out continuously through construction.

Project description, images and drawings after the break.

Architect: Zack | de Vito
Location: San Francisco, California,
Project Team: Lise de Vito, Jim Zack, Greg Klosowski, Jeff Jordan
Landscape: Jim Zack and Randy Thueme Design
Project Area: 5,550 sqf
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Massimiliano Bozonella

Laidley Street Residence / Zack | de Vito

© Bruce Damonte

Designed by Zack | de Vito, the Laidley Street Residence illustrates what a design build project can achieve. The owners, a family of four, were both architect and builder. The goal of the project was to create a modern, eco-sensitive, urban retreat that was kid tough and kid friendly, but didn’t compromise on design. It has received numerous awards including the 2010 East Bay Merit Award, the 2009 National AIA Housing Award, the 2009 SFAIA Excellence in Architecture Award, and the 2009 Custom Home and Builder Magazine Award.

Project description, images, and drawings following the break.

Architect: Zack | de Vito
Location: , California, USA
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

700 Palms Residence / Ehrlich Architects

© Erhard Pfeiffer

Ehrlich Architects’ objective for this eco-friendly residence in Venice, was to: design a high-performance home that dissolves the barriers between indoors and outdoors; utilize raw, honest materials appropriate to the bohemian grittiness of the surrounding community; and have the smallest carbon footprint in balance with lifestyle.  This project received a 2009 AIA National Housing Award.

Project description and images after the break.

Architect: Ehrlich Architects
Location: Venice, California,
Photographs: Erhard Pfeiffer, Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai, and Grey Crawford

Artist Bridge Studio / Safdie Rabines Architects

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This project, designed by Safdie Rabines Architects, is a studio for two artists wishing to create a new work space while minimizing the impact of any new construction on the natural landscape of their property. The studio is located to the rear of the house, connecting the home to a beautiful portion of the site which, prior to the addition, had not been accessible.

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects
Location: San Diego, , USA
Engineer: Burkett & Wong Engineers
Landscape: Leslie Ryan
Biologist: Rod Dossey
General Contractor: Dana Cavanaugh-Cavanaugh Construction
Project Area: 800 spf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Undine Pröhl

SOUPERgreen Exhibit at Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles

Courtesy of Doug Jackson

Between February 14th and April 14th the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles will be exhibiting work from several designers that challenge the ubiquitous approach to environmentally conscious architecture and the normative application of technology to achieve sustainability.  SOUPERgreen is a collection of five architectural propositions that explore technology as a means to promote the engagement between architecture and environment.

More on this exhibition and the proposals after the break.

Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station / AC Martin

© Timothy Hursley

AC Martin’s design for the Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station nicely complements the diverse and creative Boyle Heights community it serves, encourages public interaction, and creates a beneficial work environment for the officers. The welcoming, artistic, and safe new police station reinforces the Department’s efforts to create a more open, community-serving police force for the city.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: AC Martin
Location: Los Angeles, California,
General Contractor: FTR International
Structural Engineer: Brandow & Johnston
Landscape Architect: Melendrez
Project Area: 54,000 sqf (main building), 115,000 sqf (parking structure), 7,000 sqf (vehicle maintenance)
Project Year: 2009
Client: Los Angeles Police Department, Hollenbeck Community Police Station
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University / Michael Maltzan Architecture

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The recently unveiled renderings for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University (SFSU), feature not just one new building but five performance spaces linked through a series of transparent hallways and classrooms. Michael Maltzan Architecture, the designers behind the new Arts Center garnered the commission ahead of six shortlisted firms including Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

“The building is almost like a city. It is meant to act like a small campus with those spaces and connective elements,” said Maltzan. “There’s one continuous horizontal layer, which connects across the entire project and many different disciplines. With informal as well as formal spots, in the choreography of that mix, you create the culture of the college.”

The architects were inspired by the triangular site and its slanted lines, which they chose to repeat throughout the overall design and details of the buildings. This repetition can be seen in a series of sloping balconies within the primary performance space and the triangular shaped courtyards that are exterior connections between the buildings.

More details about this newly unveiled design and renderings following the break.

Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment / Safdie Rabines Architects

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Designed by Safdie Rabines Architects, the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment is an oceanfront conference center that plays host to scientists from around the world studying the oceans, earth, and marine life. The project features an approximately 300-person flexible auditorium space, four oceanfront meeting rooms of varying sizes, a graduate student lounge, a catering kitchen, and a restaurant.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects
Location: UCSD La Jolla, ,
MEP Engineer: Integrated Engineering
Structural Engineer: Flores Lund Consultants
Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
Landscape Architect: Aerea Studio
Acoustic Consultant: Dohn and Associates
Contractor/Builder: Jaynes Corporation, General Contractors
Project Area: 15,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography

Wurstershire Sauce / UC Berkeley Landscape and Architecture Graduate Student Team

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In the Spring of 2010 a team of Landscape and Architecture graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley led a design build seminar to rethink a little known courtyard on the northeast corner of Wurster Hall. Originally used as an outdoor classroom, plant demonstration area, work space, and location for the CED happy hour, the objective of the project was to make a “bench” to accommodate and enhance these diverse activities. More images and team’s description after the break.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook / Safdie Rabines Architects

© Undine Prohl

The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a 57-acre urban state park located 500 feet above the city in the heart of Los Angeles. The park includes a new 10,000 square foot visitor center, observation deck and viewing areas, hiking trails, picnic areas and restored natural landscape. The turbulent history of the Baldwin Hills site, from oil wells to plans for massive residential development, stripped this mountain of most of its natural past. A critical part of the design process was to define the period that represented the site in its natural state and to create a suitable approach to the restoration of the site. It was also important to understand the history of land development in Los Angeles in order to better understand the symbolic value of this verdant mountain in the midst of a dense city.

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef & Associates
Civil Engineer: Fuscoe Engineering
Landscape Architect: Wallace Roberts & Todd
MEP Engineer: Integrated Engineering
Habitat Restoration: NewFields Agricultural & Environmental Resources
General Contractor: Metro Builders and Engineers Group, Ltd.
Project Area: 57 Acres
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Undine Prohl

House for Two Artists / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

© Mark Citret Photography

Designed by , the House for Two Artists replaces a dilapidated shack that was on their secluded property.  The clients, a composer and a photographer, desired a home that could be a refuge drawing from and connected to the land. Their view of their role as custodians of this beautiful site bolstered their motivation to design and build as sustainability as possible – an objective shared by the architects as well. The surrounding vistas consist of rolling hills with dense covers of various species of native California trees. This context in concert with the owners’ and designers’ principles of environmental stewardship, were the guiding inspirations for the placement, form, and materials of the house.

Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: , California, USA
General Contractor: Sawyer Construction
Structural: Greg P. Luth & Associates, Inc.
Project Area: 1,660 sqf
Project Year: 2004-2007
Photographs: Mark Citret Photography