Janus House / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

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Architects: Kennerly Architecture & Planning
Location: , CA,
Interior Design: Meg Hart Design
Area: 4,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio

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Architects: Cliff Garten Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 21,840 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio

Pinterest Headquarters / All of the Above + First Office + Schwartz and Architecture

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Architects: All of the Above, First OfficeSchwartz and Architecture
Location: San Francisco, CA,
Project Designers: / First Office–Janette Kim, Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood, with Charlie Able, Benjamin Farnsworth, Rachel Hillery, Mark Acciari, Austin Kaa, Steven Moody, Ewan Feng, Kate Hajash, Brian Lee, Darle Shinsato, Jane Zhu, Fiona Booth, Katie Okamoto, Margaret Zyro
Executive Architect: Schwartz and Architecture–Neal Schwartz, Lourdes Garcia, Neil O’Shea, Wyatt Arnold, Erik Bloom, Joshua Yoches
Area: 45000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Naho Kubota, Eddy Joaquim

Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

City’s High Line. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban in eight of the USA’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas – a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 – the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.

San Francisco Loft / LINEOFFICE Architecture

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Architects: LINEOFFICE Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California,
Design Team: Ross Hummel
Area: 1,150 sqm
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal / The Open Workshop

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A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones – one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable. 

Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab

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To represent a “speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure,” California-based Future Cities Lab has developed the “Hydraspan Bridge Colony installation: a 40-foot long, quarter-scale model that foresees a dense and agriculturally rich community suspended below the  – Oakland Bay Bridge.

AEC Hackathon

A first for the Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that brings together teams of technologists and industry stakeholders to help shape the future of our built environment. Formatted as a traditional “hack”, the AEC Hackathon provides a playful, exploratory environment where disruption, innovation, and creative ideas are brought to life.

The focus of the event is not on technology for technology’s sake, but to hack into traditional processes and workflows of the AEC industry to generate innovation. This can be eventually be applied into global solutions.

The event will take place in San Francisco and Silicon Valley from November 8 to November 10. For more information on registration and complete details, click here.

House 1532 / Fougeron Architecture

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Architects: Fougeron Architecture
Location: , CA, USA
Photographs: Richard Barnes

Tolleson Offices / Huntsman Architectural Group

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Architects: Huntsman Architectural Group
Location: San Francisco, California,
Design Team: Bill Puetz, Alison Woolf, Gregory Dumont, Elise Beaty
Area: 11,000 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: David Wakely

BIG Selected to Design Mixed-Use Complex in San Francisco

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In an effort to reestablish Mid-Market as an arts district in , developer Joy Ou has commissioned BIG to design a mixed-use arts, housing and hotel complex on 950 Market St. As the San Francisco Business Times reports, Group I is collaborating with the Thacher family and the nonprofit 950 Center for Art & Education to develop the project, which could potentially include a 250-room hotel, 316 residential units, a 75,000-square-foot arts complex, and 15,000 square feet of retail. The project will be BIG’s first in the Bay Area.

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!

On November 7-9th, 2013, your favorite humanitarian design and resiliency conference presented by Architecture for Humanity is back for another round of innovative panel discussions, workshops, Design Open Mic, and inspiring dose of industry networking. This year’s theme, Designing for a More Resilient World, will highlight the intensifying need to protect livelihood in a world which is continuously dealing with the aftereffects of issues like climate change, urbanization and population shock.

To register, please click here. More information can be found here.

Title: Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE!
Website: http://architectureforhumanity.org/updates/2013-09-16-register-for-design-like-you-give-a-damn-live-designing-for-
Organizers: Architecture for Humanity
From: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 
Until: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 
Venue: Contemporary Jewish Museum / Autodesk Gallery / Architecture for Humanity Headquarters
Address: , CA,

San Francisco’s Chrissy Field Proposals Released

The Bridge © Wrns, WRNS via SFGate. Image

With the news earlier this year that San Francisco‘s Presidio Trust was planning a new cultural centre on the former site of a military base, now a national park, further details have emerged on the three finalists. The competition has attracted proposals from George Lucas (for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum), WRNS Studio and the (for ‘The Bridge’), and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (for the Presidio Exchange). Each proposals offer different visions for the eight acre site, the ex-military building of which currently hosts the retailer Sports Basement.

Index Ventures / Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design

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Architects: Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design
Location: San Francisco, CA,
Builder: Fisher Development Inc.
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Winning Proposals Suggest Alternatives for San Francisco’s 280 Freeway

Fieldshift by Erik Jensen and Justin Richardson. Image Courtesy of The Center for Architecture + Design

The Center for Architecture + Design and the Seed Fund announced the winners of the Reimagine. Reconnect. Restore What if 280 came down?, a competition that explored the idea of removing San Francisco’s 280 Freeway, north of 16th Street,  in an effort to pedestrianize that portion of the city while generating funds for several regionally important transit projects. The open competition, which encouraged designers to submit urban design interventions, from public art to infrastructure, awarded $10,000 in prizes. 

This is not the first time that San Francisco has demolished a freeway to successfully revitalize a neighborhood (remember the Embarcadero and the Hayes Valley?) and it certainly isn’t a first for other American , either. In fact, demolishing old, ineffective and/or obstructive freeways has become a powerful vehicle for urban change in this country and the 280 Freeway Competition is just one example of that trend.

Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions

Designs for United Nations Capitol / Vincent Raney Architect

Two themes – Dreams Deferred and On the Boards – frame the collection of thought-provoking photographs, original drawings, renderings and models that make up Unbuilt San Francisco: Grand Visions. The exhibition juxtaposes outlandish unbuilt work with existing plans which will, in time, have a major impact on our city.

Featured content includes Vincent Raney’s drawings of a United Nations at the foot of Twin Peaks; OMA’s designs for Prada’s West Coast headquarters, located near Union Square; ’s envisioning of a future with agriculture woven directly into the urban framework; and an early look at the revitalization of Pier 70′s Waterfront Site. Unbuilt is the theme of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Architecture and the City festival.

More information and images after the break.

Apple Redesigns San Francisco Store to Preserve Historic Fountain

Foster + Partners’ revised design for the new SF Store.. Image Courtesy of

Earlier this summer we reviewed plans for a new Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store in the heart of San Francisco which received a considerable amount of backlash for its accused ubiquitous design that disregarded the city’s historic Ruth Asawa Fountain. Since, Apple has decided to respond to the complaints and Foster + Partners have just released images of the revised design that preserves the fountain. 

Mission Bay Block 27 Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

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Architects: WRNS Studio
Location: , CA, USA
Design Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Pauline Souza, Russell Sherman, David Shiwotsuka
Rendering:
Photographs: Tim Griffith