San Francisco Approves Nation’s Tiniest Apartments

An artist’s concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)

has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, has actually surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: La Jolla, , United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Nic Neuman
Photographs: Paul Body

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! November 12-13

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Taking place November 12-13, the 3rd annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! event will consist of innovative panel discussions, workshops and the ‘Design Open Mic’ event at the Autodesk Gallery in . Design experts and enthusiasts, industry leaders across disciplines and more come together to address the challenges and lessons learned in humanitarian design and community development. Panel topics address cutting-edge topics and small-group workshops allow participants to gain hands-on knowledge from expert panelists. Put on by Architecture for Humanity, this will be the first year this event is coming to the west coast. For more information, including an itinerary of events, please visit their official website here.

Santa Monica Residence / Jendretzki

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Architects: Jendretzki
Location: Santa Monica, California,
Client: Withheld
Area: 12,000 sq ft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alejandro Wirth

The Q / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: , California, United States
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Greg Yeatter, Tracy Anderson, Wendy Segal
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA

LA’s Millennium Hollywood Project

Millennium Project via Millennium Partners

Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures are moving forward with their plan to transform 4.47 acres of vacant parking lots surrounding Hollywood’s iconic, mid-century Capitol Records Building into a transit-oriented, mixed-use development. Located on the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Millennium Hollywood Project will feature two residential buildings reaching heights up to 585 feet, designed by , that are grounded by a High Line-inspired public space by James Corner Field Operations.

With the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) currently on public review, the New York-based developers are hoping to get city approvals underway in early 2013.

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HNTB’s winning concept for LA’s 6th Street Viaduct Replacement Project

winning proposal via Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

In April, Mayor Villaraigosa and City Council Member Huizar announced an international design competition to redesign the historic, 80-year-old Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles. The decision to launch the competition came after engineers warned that the bridge was at risk of failing during a major earthquake due to a degenerative structural problem known as “concrete cancer”. After careful consideration and entertaining the idea of constructing a replica of the 1932 icon, the city committed to moving forward with a major redesign. In mid-October, the national infrastructure firm HNTB, along with team members Michael Maltzan Architecture and , were announced as winners of the international competition.

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The Charmer / Jonathan Segal Architect

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Architects: Jonathan Segal Architect
Location:, California,
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Matthew Segal
Year: 2011
Photographs: Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin

‘Silver Streak’ Architecture At Zero 2012 Competition Winning Proposal / Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates

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Loisos + Ubbelohde just received the highest award at the 2012 Architecture at Zero competition for their proposal, ‘Silver Streak’. The contest, sponsored by PG&E and AIA , was conceived as a response to the lofty zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission. As the recipient of one of two honor awards, their design for the University of California, Merced campus features an administration building that acts as both a threshold to campus and an energy field in the large plane of the agricultural valley. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Yojisan / Dan Brunn Architecture

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Architect: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: , California
General Contractor: Ken Nishio of Tokyo Construction, Inc.
Graphics / Logo: Julie Priceman of 6 Degrees LA
Audio Video: Jon Komen of Swayd Systems
Exterior Sign: Ruben Cielak of Tako Tyko
Chairs: Crassevig Srl
Custom table fabrication: Global Source Industries, Inc.
Bathroom tile: Iris Ceramica
Bathroom plumbing: Duravit & Toto
Counters: CaesarStone USA

UCSF Mission Bay Block 25A Academic Building Competition Winner / WRNS Studio + Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

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WRNS Studio and Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., recently won a design/build competition for a new faculty office building at UC ’s Mission Bay campus, which takes cues from the workplaces of high-tech companies. When completed, the 7-story academic office building will house UCSF physicians, faculty, and students in an interdisciplinary, flexible, light-filled environment. Drawing on the principles of the activity-based workplace, the design gives each occupant a “home base” workstation, but also a variety of other spaces for specific work and social activities, ranging from huddle rooms and breakout areas to conference rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Centerstage: SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion / Oyler Wu Collaborative

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Oyler Wu Collaborative was once again asked to design the architecture for SCI-Arc‘s graduation ceremony along with other faculty members. The challenge included rethinking the event of the ceremony while keeping the existing pavilion they had previously designed. Essentially, the challenge called for making the existing pavilion new again. Their stage operates as a hybrid of different elements, incorporating into it a large stage with a central podium, seating that is configured much like a bleacher, and a cantilevered shade canopy. While the center of the actual stage is in alignment with the center of the existing pavilion, the overall structure is positioned asymmetrically, with the bleacher and canopy located off axis. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: the charmer / Jonathan Segal

Breadtruck Films shared with us their seven minute documentary on architect Jonathan Segal‘s ‘the charmer’. The project consists of a 19 unit residential complex in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood and recently won a 2012 project of the year award. By building on the tradition of the courtyard apartments, he shows how architecture can create community and add a little charm to the neighborhood. The outdoor spaces at complex carry just as much importance with Segal as the buildings themselves. He believes that beauty and livability are crucial, and often overlooked, components of environmental design.

 

SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition Library Exhibition

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Opening this Friday, October 19th, at 7pm in the SCI-Arc gallery, the Graduation Pavilion Competition Exhibition documents the four faculty entries in the competition organized this past summer to select a winning design for the ArtPlace-funded outdoor pavilion, scheduled to be completed in spring 2013. invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina (winning entry) and Tom Wiscombe to submit concepts for a design of an innovative, technically implementable, and visually remarkable multi-purpose pavilion. The resulting stage is set to host several upcoming graduation ceremonies, noteworthy symposia and presentations, as well as outreach cultural events developed in partnership with the surrounding Arts Community. The exhibition is on view until December 2. More images and architects’ description of their proposals after the break.

‘The Missing 32%’ Event

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Taking place at the California College of the Arts in San Fransisco October 13th from 10am-4pm, The Missing 32%,’ features leading professionals from around the country to discuss the role of women in architecture in the 21st century. In the , women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. Throughout the day, attendees will hear from a broad range of speakers who represent different career paths in the profession ranging from those working for large firms to those choosing to start their own practice. The day will begin with a brief overview of statistics that detail the current leadership structure of architecture firms. The event is presented by AIA San Fransisco. For more information, please visit here.

 

20th Street Residence / SF-OSL

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Architects: SF-OSL
Location: , CA,
Architect In Charge: Casper Mork Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad, Grygoriy Ladigin
Landscape Architects: Flora Grubb
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

“Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation” Opens Tomorrow in LA

Dulles International Airport © Design Research & Balthazar Korab

Born in Finland, Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) is recognized today as one of America’s most influential architects of the 20th Century. The exhibition : A Reputation for Innovation, opening tomorrow at the  Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, will highlight his short but brilliant career bookended with two iconic buildings: the unbuilt Smithsonian Gallery of Art which was to be Washington, DC’s first museum of modern art and Dulles International Airport which was designed as the nation’s first jet airport.

Riverbank High School / Darden Architects

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Architects: Darden Architects
Location: , , United States
Principal In Charge: Martin Dietz
Project Architect: Antonio Avila
Project Designers: Alvaro Velasquez, Martin Illic, Mauricio Nachmann
Project Area: 29,039 sq ft
Photographs: Mullins Studio, Bill Wood