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Prototyping the Future

19:30 - 26 October, 2015
Prototyping the Future, Creative Architecture Machines Studio. Image © CCA
Creative Architecture Machines Studio. Image © CCA

Digital design and fabrication have combined with ubiquitous computing and globalization to change the field of architecture. At California College of the Arts in San Francisco, faculty and students in the Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Master of Advanced Architectural Design programs team up with companies, agencies, and community groups to make architecture that addresses the challenges and opportunities of economic growth, climate change, and technological disruption.

Snøhetta's SFMOMA Expansion Nears Completion

12:00 - 26 October, 2015
Snøhetta's SFMOMA Expansion Nears Completion , © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA.
© Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA.

Snøhetta's 10-story expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is nearing completion. As announced by SFMOMA, the "transformed" museum will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Its new 235,000-square-foot addition (that nearly tripled SFMOMA's gallery space) was designed by Snøhetta to "weave" into the city and connect "seamlessly" to the museum's existing 225,000-square-foot building designed by Mario Botta

WIRED Looks at 8 Cities of the Future

08:00 - 13 October, 2015
WIRED Looks at 8 Cities of the Future, Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft. Image Courtesy of ipv Delft
Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft. Image Courtesy of ipv Delft

WIRED Magazine has created a list of Eight Cities That Will Show You What The Future Will Look Like in the latest edition of their design issue. In the relatively short span of time that humans have been planning cities, more and more decisions have been made that have shaped the path of new technologies and methods that will make cities better. Such projects—like new streetlights, bicycle infrastructure, and traffic-sensitive museums—highlight some of these advances in the urban lifestyle.

"The cities of tomorrow might still self-assemble haltingly, but done right, the process won’t be accidental. A city shouldn’t just happen anymore. Every block, every building, every brick represents innumerable decisions. Decide well, and cities are magic," writes Wired author Adam Rogers. Read on after the break to see how 8 different cities from around the world are implementing innovative projects. 

PH Midtown / Fémur Arquitectura

09:00 - 12 September, 2015
PH Midtown / Fémur Arquitectura, © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, Panama
  • Architect in Charge

    Ramón Zafrani, Gilberto Guardia
  • Area

    39000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  +20

PCH International Innovation Hub / ChrDAUER Architects

13:00 - 8 September, 2015
PCH International Innovation Hub / ChrDAUER Architects, © Mariko Reed
© Mariko Reed

© Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed +24

Video: How Stanley Saitowitz Maximizes Freedom of Space

16:00 - 29 August, 2015

“These are methods to actually create the optimum amount of freedom for the occupant themselves to figure out how they want to use the space and live with the least […] architectural impediments, and the least […] predetermined idea of where things should go and what should happen where.”

In this interview with DDG | DM Development, Stanley Saitowitz discusses the latest Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects project, a residential building called 8 Octavia in San Francisco. Find out more about Saitowitz’s design principles and methods by watching the video above.

ValueAct Capital / Gould Evans

09:00 - 24 August, 2015
ValueAct Capital / Gould Evans, Courtesy of Gould Evans
Courtesy of Gould Evans

Courtesy of Gould Evans Courtesy of Gould Evans Courtesy of Gould Evans Courtesy of Gould Evans +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Letterman Drive, San Francisco, CA 94129, United States
  • Architecture / Interior Design

  • Area

    37000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Gould Evans, Bruce Damonte

From Seville to San Francisco: 3 Pelli Clarke Pelli Projects in Progress

08:00 - 23 July, 2015
From Seville to San Francisco: 3 Pelli Clarke Pelli Projects in Progress , Hancher Under Construction. Image Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Hancher Under Construction. Image Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

US firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is renowned for their iconic and sustainable designs, having won numerous awards, including the AIA’s Firm Award. They currently have several projects under construction, ranging from a transit center in San Francisco to an office and retail tower in Seville, Spain. Read on after the break for an overview of three of their current projects, all in various states of completion.

Beacons of Pride: #LoveWins in These Illuminated Buildings

15:35 - 26 June, 2015
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week Image © Nickolay Stanev via Shutterstock.com
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in rainbow colors in honor of Pride Week Image © Nickolay Stanev via Shutterstock.com

Earlier today, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states, effectively overruling 14 states that so far have continued to enforce a ban (if you've been on Facebook in the last few hours, you've probably already heard). The ruling comes just in time for Pride Parades which will take place this weekend in many cities, and to celebrate this historic decision, we've rounded up some iconic buildings lit up for past Pride Parades for everybody to enjoy - equally.

Goettsch Partners Design 605-Foot "Park Tower" for San Francisco

16:07 - 24 June, 2015
Goettsch Partners Design 605-Foot "Park Tower" for San Francisco , © GP
© GP

Goettsch Partners (GP) has been commissioned to design a 605-foot-tall "Park Tower" for San Francisco. Planned to rise in the SOMA district, on the corner of Howard and Beale streets, across from the new Transbay Transit Center, the new building will feature a variety of office space, flanked by a series of outdoor terraces - "mini-parks in the sky," hence the tower's name. 

Coffee Bar Kearny / jones | haydu

17:00 - 23 June, 2015
Coffee Bar Kearny / jones | haydu, © Art Gray
© Art Gray
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray +14

SHoP Unveils Plans for New Uber Headquarters in San Francisco

14:30 - 29 May, 2015
SHoP Unveils Plans for New Uber Headquarters in San Francisco, © SHoP Architects
© SHoP Architects

SHoP Architects and Studio O+A have unveiled designs for a new Uber headquarters in San Francisco. Planned to rise on a 14-acre vacant site in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood, the 423,000 square-foot scheme will consist of two towers: an 11‐story tower at 1455 Third Street and a 6‐story structure at 1515 Third Street.

© SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects © SHoP Architects +10

4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts

10:30 - 15 May, 2015
4 Ways Cold-Climate Cities Can Make The Most Of Their Waterfronts, Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will
Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will

Urban waterfronts have historically been the center of activity for many cities. They began as economic, transportation and manufacturing hubs, but as most industries changed their shipping patterns and consolidated port facilities, many industrial waterfronts became obsolete. In Europe, smaller historic ports were easily converted to be reused for leisure activities. However, in North America, where the ports were larger, it was more difficult to convert the waterfronts due to logistical and contamination issues.

Over the past 40 years or so, architects and urban planners have started to recognize the redevelopment potential for waterfronts across the United States and Canada, and the impact they can have on the financial and social success of cities. Though cold-climate cities pose a unique challenge for waterfront development, with effective planning waterfront cities with freezing winter months can still take advantage of the spaces year-round.

Chaudière Island project in Ottawa. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Solar study for Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will Lower Yonge project in Toronto. Image © Chris Foyd courtesy of Perkins+Will +11

Container House / José Schreiber Arquitecto

14:00 - 11 May, 2015
Container House  / José Schreiber Arquitecto, © Ramiro Sosa
© Ramiro Sosa

© Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa © Ramiro Sosa +27

Brick House / Christi Azevedo

12:00 - 1 May, 2015
Brick House / Christi Azevedo, © Cesar Rubio
© Cesar Rubio

© Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio +12

Linear House / Roberto Benito

12:00 - 29 April, 2015
Linear House / Roberto Benito, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
  • Interiors

    Nancy Silvestro
  • Project Area

    277.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +24

Suburban Dwelling / Roberto Benito

14:00 - 25 April, 2015
Suburban Dwelling / Roberto Benito, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte +24

George Lucas Unveils Plan for Bay Area's Largest Affordable Housing Project

15:15 - 21 April, 2015
George Lucas Unveils Plan for Bay Area's Largest Affordable Housing Project, Marin County Headlands. Image © Flickr CC User Franco Folini
Marin County Headlands. Image © Flickr CC User Franco Folini

What some believe to be an act of revenge, George Lucas has unveiled plans to build the San Francisco Bay Area's largest affordable housing project in the wealthy community of Marin County. As CBS reports, the news comes just three years after valley residents shot down Lucas' proposal to develop the land with a 265,000-square-foot production studio. The new plan aims to provide veterans, firefighters, teachers and other service-oriented working class people with 224 low-income homes. 

"We’ve got enough millionaires here. What we need is some houses for regular working people," said Lucas, according to his lawyer Gary Giacomini who also ensured that the plan was "not a form of retaliation."