Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: Richmond, CA,
Design Team: Marcy Wong, Donn Logan, Ketki Shah
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 12,400 sq ft
Photographs: Courtesy of , Sharon Risedorph, Billy Hustace

Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: , CA,
Design Team: Marcy Wong, Donn Logan, Tai-Ran Tseng
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 4,620 sq ft
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph, Billy Hustace

Los Gatos Public Library / Noll & Tam Architects

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Architects: Noll & Tam Architects
Location: , California,
Project Team: Christopher Noll, AIA, PIC
Project Designer : Matthew Wadlund
Project Architect : Tad Costerison, AIA
Signage Designer: Matthew Williams Design
Interiors Architect: Trina Goodwin
Lighting: Illuminosa Lighting Design
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: David Wakely

Datagrove / Future Cities Lab

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Design:  Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno at Future Cities Lab
Team: Ripon DeLeon (lead), Osma Dossani, Jonathan Izen, assisted by David Spittler

Client: ZERO1, Public Art Program, National Endowment for the Arts
Consultant: Elliot Larson created the Twitter trends [xml link]

Technology: Text to Speech Module by TextSpeak, Arduino Mega and Uno, WiFly Shield by Sparkfun, Verizon Mifi, LCD panels by Sparkfun, LEDS by superbrightleds.com, IR sensors by Sharp
Photography: Peter Prato

‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Opening October 12th, the ‘Pleated Shell Structures’ Exhibition consists of a short term, site specific research prototype designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and her firm. Presented by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in their gallery, the exhibit positions itself within the argument of parametric design research to focus its efforts on design methods that encompass an operative pathway from design intent to manifestation. The exhibition will be on display until December 2. More information after the break.

University of California Riverside Student Recreation Center Expansion / Cannon Design

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Designed by Cannon Design, the expansion of the University of California (UCR) Recreation Center will provide additional fitness and activity spaces integrating with the existing building and site creating a unified recreation complex. Located at the north boundary of the main campus within the natural Arroyo Zone, the design also includes views to the Box Springs Mountains to the east. The building is scheduled to open in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Alexis Rochas: STEREO.BOT Exhibition Discussion with Eric Moss

Taking place at SCI-Arc on Friday, September 14th from 7-9pm, Alexis Rochas and Eric Owen Moss will be discussing STEREO.BOT, a library gallery installation that documents the realization of the Coachella Gateway Pavilion, the largest customized structure in the US. Featuring interactive 3D projection mapping content, it was designed and built by design faculty, Alexis Rochas of I/O for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, . The exhibition in the library features dynamic architectural models, 3D mapping projections and documentary material that follows the development of the project from inception to realization. For more information, please visit here.

AIA California Council’s Residential Design Awards 2012

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The AIA California Council Residential Design Awards 2012 competition will recognize the best in residential architecture and design in the state of . The competition will highlight residential projects constructed in the state, and architects and firms who shape the landscape of architecture and design throughout the state and beyond. Entry is open to both members and nonmembers with projects in or, architects who have completed work elsewhere. Eligible projects include those completed after January 1, 2007. The deadline for submissions is September 19. For more detailed information, please visit here.

San Francisco 2012 Architecture and the City Festival

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AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design is currently hosting their ninth annual Architecture and the City Festival, which will be going on until September 30. The event, which takes place in San Francisco every September, is the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. The month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. For more information, please visit here.

Green Greenberg Green House / New Theme

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Architects: New Theme
Location: , CA, United States
Design Team: Beth Holden
Photographs: Alen Lin

Kukkula Winery / Studio B Architects

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Architects: Studio B Architects
Location: Paso Robles, California,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Derek Skalko

Diane Middlebrook Memorial Building / CCS Architecture

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Architects: CCS Architecture
Location: ,
Project Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of CCS Architecture

Facebook + Frank Gehry

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As we shared earlier, the world’s 28-year old creative technological master will team with 83-year-old starachitect for ’s newest addition to their Menlo Park campus.   The two, although worlds apart in terms of forte, find common ground in the never ending creative process, and the desire to continually push boundaries of the expected and the ordinary.  As we noted in our previous piece, the building will offer a equalized sense of status – no private cubicles or showy corner offices – and encourage a collaborative work environment, admix a warm splash of colors, textures and natural lighting.

Gone from the building will be Gehry’s flashy ways of manipulating sheets of metal, and the resulting superfluous sense of affluence often emitted from these grand structures.  Rather, Gehry’s work for Facebook will offer an ”equalizier”, a massive one story warehouse measuring 420,000 sqf, to house the company’s future 2,800 engineers with the underlying intention of fostering a comfortable environment to allow Facebook to keep getting better.

More about the newest headquarters after the break. 

Unify L.A.: A Radical Urban Intervention Proposal / Mikey Nitro

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Mikey Nitro shared with us his proposal for a people’s park in the financial district of ; a Radical Urban Intervention that questions our public realm. It reshapes our humanistic and democratic ideals; to awake and avenge our dusted nation. he based the programs of this intervention by the essence of : City of Entertainment, City of Hybridity (Culture), City of Agriculture (Opportunity). Each program is porous and adaptable through different times of the day. Since downtown L.A. is a becoming a new trend for residency, this park will provide locals a place to exercise, walk their dogs, picnic, place for theater night life, and a community garden. More images and Nitro’s description after the break.

Frank Gehry designs Facebook HQ Expansion

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Mark Zuckerberg, the 28-year-old co-founder of , has commissioned Frank Gehry to design a new campus headquarters on the outskirts of San Francisco Bay, . Located across the highway from Facebook East, the company’s current headquarters, Facebook West will provide every luxury expected from a modern office space, from a flexible open floor plan, to arcade-filled lounge areas and a massive roof garden.

The enormous, ten acre “room” breaks away from Gehry’s signature curves, and aims to provide a “system that’s not precious, that they [Facebook] can manipulate.” Work benches “line up in curving arcs like swarming fish”, organizing the 420,000 square foot facility into “neighborhoods” that softly flow into each other in an attempt to foster a collaborative, community-like environment.

When Facebook employees need a break, they can retreat to outdoor-terraced cafes for some sushi and barbecue, play arcade games in the lounge with their co-workers, or escape up a “twisting wooden stair” to the lush roof garden.

Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2013.

For more information, check out Bloomberg’s exclusive coverage here.

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Advancing Sustainability 2012 Business + Design Symposium

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Taking place October 6, Woodbury University in , CA is hosting the Advancing Sustainability 2012 Business + Design Symposium that focuses on the “cardiovascular system” of a city—its infrastructure. The discussion will investigate how various infrastructures—providers of core operational supply (transportation systems, energy and water supply, communications, built environment)—perform, exchange, and are incorporated into the natural environment. The discussion will address the extent of their influence on lifestyle and the overall dynamics of the city, as well as their management and opportunities for advancement. The event will curate a conversation amongst the most innovative minds within the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and design to investigate the potential of sustainability within lifestyles and soft infrastructures. For more information, please visit here.

MUL:7691 / VOID Inc.

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Architects: VOID Inc.
Location: Los Angeles, California,
Project Area: 5,800 sq ft
Photographs: Arshia Mahmoodi, Imeh Akpanudosen, Marc Angeles

Green Houses / Sander Architects

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Architects: Sander Architects
Location: , CA, USA 
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sharon Risedorph