2014 ANFA Conference

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) will have their 2nd international conference between September 18 and September 20 in , .

The ANFA Conference will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.  The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect and architectural theorist, author of The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, please visit the event’s official website.

Title: 2014 ANFA Conference
Website: http://www.anfarch.org/2014-conference/
From: Thu, 18 Sep 2014
Until: Sat, 20 Sep 2014
Venue: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Address: 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA

VIDEO: Jonathan Segal’s “The Cresta” Through the Lens of Breadtruck Films

Jeffrey Durkin, director of Breadtruck Films, has shared with us this insightful short film on Jonathan Segal’s new concrete and glass house in : The Cresta. According to Durkin, “The film explores the relationship between nature and architecture, father and son, and how clean minimal design can save us from the suburbs.”

House in La Jolla / Metropolis

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Architects: Metropolis
Location:
Project Architect: José Orrego Herrera
Project Area: 570 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Juan Solano

House in La Jolla Beach / Juan Carlos Doblado

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Architects: Juan Carlos Doblado
Location: Peru
Project Area: 468 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Juan Solano

The Lemperle Residence / Jonathan Segal

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: , California,
Collaborators: Guillermo Tomaszewski, Nic Neuman
Photographs: Paul Body

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Photo by Doug Gates

If you are in the area and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is your last chance to experience the exhibit at the museum’s location, as it will be closing this Sunday, January 22. However, the exhibit will remain open to the public at its downtown location in San Diego into spring and summer.

More after the break.

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: La Jolla, ,
Associate Architect: Davis Davis Architects
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Lanscape Architect: Civitas, Inc.
Project Team: Curtis Fentress, Jeff Olson, Robin Ault, Al Roberts, Sharlene Bhyun, Jesse Dzierzanowski
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles

Zaha Hadid is Coming to San Diego

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San Diego Planning Commission has approved Zaha Hadid’s La Jolla Residence. Along with the San Diego firm Public, Hadid will demolish an existing house on a half-acre site at 8490 Whale Watch Way, replacing it with a 12,700 square foot home comprised of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The firm has described the home as an “introverted sculptural structure.”

The La Jolla Community Planning Association responded to unsupportive neighbors by appealing the owners’ application for a Coastal Development permit. Residents were concerned by the radical appearance in comparison to the rest of the neighborhood homes. Association member Dale Naegle stated, “If we approve this we might as well abandon our La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance…It is a beautiful house, but it doesn’t fit.”

The project still risks being appealed again by the La Jolla Community Planning Association. If that were to occur, the project would then be in the hands of the much more challenging city council.

Reference: The Architect’s Newspaper

Housing & Dining Services Administration Building / Studio E Architects

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Featuring a new 8,000 sqf main catering kitchen for the campus, the Housing & Dining Services Administration Building is home to UCSD’s Catering and Housing, Dining & Hospitality staff—here everything to do with food or housing on campus is handled. The project site is in the southwestern corner of the UCSD campus and sits on the western edge of campus. The building overlooks North Torrey Pines Road which is a major thoroughfare. The neighborhood across this road to the west is a mix of small scale housing and a church. On campus, the immediate neighbors are classrooms and laboratories to the north, a student dining commons to the east and a new residential complex now under construction to the south. The site was chosen in part because the catering operations could share the loading/drop off space with the student dining commons.

Architect: Studio E Architects
Location: North Torrey Pines Road, , California,
Landscape Architect: IVY Landscape
General Contractor: Swinerton Incorporated
Project Area: 43,400 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: David Hewitt & Anne Garrison

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, , 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, USA
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

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, California,
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

Eleanor Roosevelt College / Safdie Rabines Architects and Moshe Safdie & Associates

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The Eleanor Roosevelt College, an undergraduate campus at University of California San Diego, creates a home for a college which had previously been spread throughout the campus, lacking a cohesive unity. Located on eleven acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Salk Institute, the site drops over seventy feet to the west, ending at a busy boulevard, North Torrey Pines Road. The site is bound on the east by Ridge Walk, one of the University’s primary pedestrian thoroughfares, while Scholars Drive, a primary bus route, cuts the site in two. Shielding the campus from the traffic to the west, connecting to Ridge Walk on the east and overcoming the division caused by Scholars Drive were among the primary planning concerns.

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects and Moshe Safdie & Associates
Location: , California, USA
Structural Engineer: Nabih Youssef Associates
MEP: ARUP
Civil Engineer: Flores Lund Consultants
Landscape: Wallace Roberts & Todd
Lighting: Robert Morrow
Project Area: 450,000 sqf
Photographs: Timothy Hursley

Six ‘Cathedrals of Culture’ Tell Their Stories in New 3D Film

If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Cathedrals of Culture, a six part collection of films recently premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, “offers six startling responses to this question”. The project, filmed entirely in 3D, allows “six iconic and very different buildings to speak for themselves, examining human life from the unblinking perspective of a manmade structure”.