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California College of the Arts Selects 3 Finalists to Design New San Francisco Campus

16:30 - 17 October, 2016
California College of the Arts Selects 3 Finalists to Design New San Francisco Campus, Front of the campus "Skyline". Image © Dave Fenton
Front of the campus "Skyline". Image © Dave Fenton

The California College of the Arts (CCA) has selected 3 top firms as finalists to design “a new, ground-breaking art school that will redefine 21st century arts education.” Chosen from an original pool of 75 architects, the three firms will now interview for the chance to design a new campus that aims to unify the college’s Oakland and San Francisco campuses into one vibrant Bay Area institution.

The chosen firm will work together with the school over the next five years to create a plan that will bring together 2,000 students, 600 faculty members, 250 staff members, and 34 academic programs to a consolidated campus located at the intersection of the city’s innovation corridor, the new DoReMi (Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, Mission) arts district, and Mission Bay. The primary project site will be a 2.4-acre lot that borders the college’s existing San Francisco campus buildings. The campus will house all of CCA’s programs, including art, crafts, design, architecture and writing, fostering interaction between the different disciplines.

Earthquake Resistant Tower in San Francisco to Become Most Resilient Tall Building on West Coast

12:00 - 8 October, 2016

Soaring high above! #SanFrancisco #RealEstate #181Fremont #LEED #tech #office

181 Fremont—which will become the third tallest structure in San Francisco and the most resilient tall building on the West Coast of the U.S.—has been awarded the REDi™ Gold Rating, a new earthquake resilience rating. The building was designed by San Francisco-based Heller Manus Architects.

The 56-story mixed-use tower, built above five basement levels, is being constructed in compliance with a new set of holistic design and planning guidelines—the Resilience-based Earthquake Design Initiative (REDi Rating System)—that allow it to withstand the impact of a 475-year seismic event (roughly a M7.5-M8.0 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault) with minimal disruption.

Developed by Arup with contributions from external collaborators, the REDi™ system outlines design and planning criteria within a resilience-based framework, creating a system that not only considers occupant safety but also takes into account the future of the building after an earthquake.

400 Grove / Fougeron Architecture

12:00 - 24 September, 2016
400 Grove / Fougeron Architecture, © William Timmerman
© William Timmerman

© William Timmerman © Joe Fletcher © William Timmerman © William Timmerman +30

Black Mass / Stephen Phillips Architects

13:00 - 4 July, 2016
Black Mass  / Stephen Phillips Architects, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Project Team

    Sam Clovis, Cameron Helland, Richard Porter, Andrew Wright, David Stamatis, Franco Zaragoza, Stephen Becker, Domini Padua, Trevor Larsen
  • Area

    4200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Laidley Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture

15:00 - 14 June, 2016
Laidley Street Residence  / Michael Hennessey Architecture, © Cesar Rubio Photography
© Cesar Rubio Photography

© Cesar Rubio Photography © Cesar Rubio Photography © Cesar Rubio Photography © Cesar Rubio Photography +10

Albion Street Residences / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

13:00 - 29 May, 2016
Albion Street Residences / Kennerly Architecture & Planning , © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher +23

Foster + Partners' Oceanwide Center Receives San Francisco Planning Commission Approval

12:10 - 16 May, 2016
Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, in collaboration with Heller Manus Architects, has received permission from the San Francisco Planning Commission for Oceanwide Center. The 2.3 million square foot (215,000 square meter) development is part of the Transbay development plan, to provide increased density to the city’s South of Market district (SOMA). The plan calls for two buildings, the 605-foot Mission Street Tower, with a hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower along First Street. In addition, the project creates new public spaces and pedestrian connections at the base of the towers, simultaneously restoring and revitalizing two historic buildings on the site.

Courtesy of dbox & Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners Courtesy of Foster + Partners +7

Critical Round-Up: Snøhetta's SFMOMA Extension

09:30 - 5 May, 2016
Critical Round-Up: Snøhetta's SFMOMA Extension, © Jon McNeal
© Jon McNeal

Shoehorned into the narrow space behind Mario Botta’s 1995 building, the Snøhetta-designed new wing of the SFMOMA was forced to go where few museums have gone before: up. Rising 10 stories into the San Francisco skyline, the new building nearly triples the amount of existing gallery space and adds a new entrance into what is now one of the world’s largest buildings dedicated to modern art. As the museum is set to reopen to the public May 14th, the critics' takes are rolling in. Did the restrictive site inspire a unique design solution or limit the creative possibilities of the project? Read on to find out.

© Henrik Kam © Jason Chinn (Flickr: jasonchinn) © Henrik Kam © Iwan Baan +7

SFMOMA Expansion / Snøhetta

20:00 - 4 May, 2016
SFMOMA Expansion / Snøhetta, © Henrik Kam
© Henrik Kam

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
  • Partner In Charge

    Craig Dykers
  • Project Architects

    Aaron Dorf, Lara Kaufman, Jon McNeal
  • Area

    460000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

8 Octavia / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

17:00 - 21 March, 2016
8 Octavia / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +31

5 Steps to Creating High-Performance Communities

09:30 - 14 March, 2016
5 Steps to Creating High-Performance Communities, Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Rendering by Steelblue/Perkins+Will, San Francisco Giants
Perkins+Will's proposed plan for Mission Rock in San Francisco. Image © Rendering by Steelblue/Perkins+Will, San Francisco Giants

As we become a planet of city-dwellers, planners and urban designers have an imperative to design communities that perform better than ever before. But what exactly does “performance” mean? Communities should have energy and water-saving systems, but at a high level there also needs to be a more holistic approach to creating a sense of place and connection, while at the same time being accessible to different demographics and vibrant all throughout the day. Here are five essential ingredients for designing a high-performance community.

wHY to Expand San Francisco's Asian Art Museum

16:00 - 10 March, 2016
wHY to Expand San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, Proposed. Image © wHY
Proposed. Image © wHY

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has announced major renovation and expansion plans by wHY Architecture. The practice is expected to design a new 12,000-square-foot exhibition pavilion, reconfigure the Museum’s existing galleries, and modernize its education and public programming spaces. Work will begin in 2017. 

"The new pavilion will underscore San Francisco’s cultural diversity, create one of the nation’s premier exhibition spaces dedicated to Asian art, and increase the number of special exhibitions on view for visitors," says the Museum.

1180 Fourth Street / Mithun-Solomon + Kennerly Architecture and Planning

17:00 - 2 March, 2016
1180 Fourth Street / Mithun-Solomon + Kennerly Architecture and Planning, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte	© Bruce Damonte	© Bruce Damonte	© Bruce Damonte	+46

Noe House / Studio VARA

13:00 - 26 February, 2016
Noe House / Studio VARA, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

San Francisco 2016: Tenderloin System Update

07:01 - 8 February, 2016
San Francisco 2016: Tenderloin System Update

Following on from the success of ‘Cambodia 2015’ (awarded 3rd Top Competition of 2015 by Bustler), Eleven is excited to announce their latest architecture and idea challenge: ‘San Francisco 2016 - Tenderloin System Update’.

For this challenge, we move to California, in the beautiful city of San Francisco. The city is the USA’s most sought after real estate location and its Bay Area is today leading the way for innovative technologies and new urban models for the future. However, San Francisco is also home to the Tenderloin, one of the most distressed and dangerous neighborhoods of the USA. 

SF Tower / HNTB Architecture

16:00 - 7 January, 2016
SF Tower / HNTB Architecture, © Assassi Productions
© Assassi Productions

© Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions +15

DREAMshop / INTERSTICE Architects

13:00 - 26 December, 2015
DREAMshop / INTERSTICE Architects, © Cesar Rubio
© Cesar Rubio

© Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio +25

20th St. / Mork-Ulnes Architects

11:00 - 23 December, 2015
20th St. / Mork-Ulnes Architects , © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +14