Video: RNT Architects’ “New Gateway” to San Diego City College

Watch RNT Architects discuss The Quad, their new Business, Arts & Humanities building for San Diego City College in this short from Breadtruck Films. The result of seven years of “doing the drawings…watching the construction… building the volumes and the spaces,” The Quad brings together two faculties that are “different in purpose and function differently” to create a “place for learning and social interaction.”

In this video Principal Ralph Roesling and Associate and project architect Jeremy Joyce discuss materiality and character, and their deliberate creation of a building “intended to last.”

“Inspiration is a complex thing,” said Joyce, “It’s difficult to define how to create an inspirational space. Every corner you turn you’re going to be inspired and hopefully come up with a great idea.”

Video: Architect Rob Quigley on the 35-Year Struggle to Build the San Diego Library

“Big things don’t happen overnight,” says architect Rob Quigley, speaking to Breadtruck Films, “and civic buildings certainly don’t happen overnight.” The words ring true in the context of Quigley’s San Diego New Central Library, which opened in 2013 following a protracted 17 year period of design and construction. After conceiving of the design in 1996, Quigley’s plans for the library were “put on the back burner” when planning authorities chose to halt construction on the project in favor of a new ballpark. Construction eventually recommenced years later, in what has since been described as “absolutely a surreal experience.”

In this video Quigley describes the driving force of “creating an architecture that responds honestly and authentically to who we are,” and how the library has come to be a “symbol of [San Diego]‘s commitment to learning and literacy.” 

Video: The Northparker / Jonathan Segal

“The beauty of [architecture] is the payoff. That building has created a better place for people to live and a better lifestyle for people.” A mixed use building that brings together craft beer, street tacos and modern housing, California developer Jonathan Segal‘s “The Northparker” has helped transform the once blighted area Northpark into one of San Diego‘s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Breadtruck Films shares just how a single building created community and changed a city in the above.

AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates

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The alien form of the Geisel Library at the University of , seems befitting of a backdrop from a science fiction movie. The building occupies a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism that its architect, William Pereira, intrepidly pursued throughout his career. With its strong concrete piers and hovering glassy enclosures, the library beautifully occupies an ambiguous state between massiveness and levitation, as if the upper stories have only just been set into their base and can be lifted back out at any moment. The tension between these two conditions gives the library an otherworldly appearance and provides a startling statement about the generative and imaginative power of the architect.

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

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Architects: Gould Evans
Location: 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Associate Architect: Delawie
Area: 124000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Assassi Productions, Ace Aerial Photography

Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio

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Architects: Luce Et Studio
Location: 9800 Campus Point Drive, , CA 92121, USA
Architect In Charge: Jennifer Luce Principal
Design Team: Jennifer Luce, Ann Worth, Adam Grove
Area: 5000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Rivera

TED Talk: How Architectural Innovations Migrate Across Borders / Teddy Cruz

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In this TED talk, architect and urbanist urges us to rethink urban growth. Sharing lessons from the slums of , Cruz denounces the “stupid” and consumption-driven ways in which our cities have been expanding and declares that the future depends on the reorganization of social economic relations.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion

La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art . Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian

New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s () campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection.

According to the museum, Selldorf was ultimately chosen due to her reputation of designing spaces that enhance, rather than upstage, the subject it serves.

North City Campus / JWDA

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Architects: JWDA
Location: 8355 Aero Drive, , CA 92123, USA
Design Team: Joseph Wong, FAIA, Matthew Geaman, AIA, LEED AP
Area: 42942.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brady Architectural Photography , Balfour Beatty Construction

The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: La Jolla, , CA, USA
Project Managers: Matthew Segal, Guillermo Tomaszewski
Engineer: DCI Engineers
Area: 5,300 sqm
Photographs: Matthew Segal

San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells

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Architects: Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells
Location: 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, Diane Village Shopping Center, , CA 92117, USA
Architect In Charge: Matthew Wells
Design Team: Sean Chen, Kristin Shultz, Frank Sanchez
Consultants: Snipes Dye, Spurlock Poirier, Hope Engineering, Turpin & Rattan,
Contractor : Johnson & Jennings
Area: 25000.0 ft2
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Durant

W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 421 West B Street, , CA 92101, USA
Area: 772.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeff Dow

Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects

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Architects: Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects
Location: , , USA
Design Team: James Gabriel, Chris Johns, Adrienne Gabriel
Area: 4,320 sqft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Larry Stanley

Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co

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Architects: Colkitt & Co
Location: 9591 Waples Street, , CA 92121, USA
Graphics, Branding, Interactive Exhibits And Signage: Hollis Brand Culture
Client: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Year: 2011
Photographs: Cheryl Ramsay

Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca Lecture

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Taking place tomorrow, April 11th, at 6:00pm, Woodbury University’s School of Architecture will be hosting the Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca lectureSupersudaca‘s main driving motto has been to connect the usually disconnected Latinamerica architectural arena with projects directly related to the public perception such as recreation spaces, public spaces, installations etc in various locations such as Caracas, Lima, Tokyo, Talca, Buenos Aires. They continuously use the workshop format with students from various universities worldwide to launch campaigns for such projects. For more information, please visit here.

Winy Maas to Deliver Lecture on “What’s Next?” at NSAD

DNB Bank Headquarters by MVRDV / © Jiri Havran

Taking place this coming Wednesday, February 20th, , a Netherlands-based architect, urbanist and co-founder of the internationally-recognized firm MVRDV, is scheduled to speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) at 9:00am PST on the topic of “What’s Next?”. The free lecture includes a discussion on the recent works of MVRDV and the research institute The Why Factory, a think tank directed by Maas in collaboration with Delft University of Technology that develops scenarios and models of the city of the future. For more information, please visit here.

Mexican Architect Fernando Romero to Speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

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Mexican architect Fernando Romero will be speaking tomorrow evening, January 16, at NewSchool of Architecture and Design in on the topic of “You are the Context” as part of the school’s lecture series. Free and open to the public, the event focuses on how we must reconsider the definition of context as it pertains to architecture as the global reach of projects increases through digital communication. Named to Fast Company’s Co.Design “Designers Shaping the Future” 2012, his recent Soumaya Museum in Mexico City is described by CNN’s Great Buildings series as “jaw-dropping.” For more information, please visit here.

The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA

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Architects: Jonathan Segal FAIA
Location: , , United States
Project Managers: Greg Yeatter, Luke Henderson, Guillermo Tomaszski
Year: 2007
Photographs: Paul Body