AEC Hackathon

A first for the Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that brings together teams of Silicon Valley 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 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,
Photographs: Richard Barnes

Tolleson Offices / Huntsman Architectural Group

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Architects: Huntsman Architectural Group
Location: , , USA
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 / Headquarters
Address: San Francisco, 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 Chora Group (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 + 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 ’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 cities, 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,
Design Team: Sam Nunes, Bryan Shiles, Pauline Souza, Russell Sherman, David Shiwotsuka
Rendering: WRNS Studio
Photographs: Tim Griffith

WordPress Automattic Space / Baran Studio Architecture

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Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California,
Construction Managers: Assemblage
Contractor: KSDB
Year: 2013
Photographs: Scott Hargis

Architecture and the City Festival

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Taking place September 1-30, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind will be presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Architecture and the City festival, which takes place in San Francisco every September, will feature behind the scenes walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. From theoretical urban interventions and works in progress to civic landmarks and hidden histories, architects and designers will discuss the ways their work alters and redefines the city we call home with over 40 festival programs. For more information, please visit here.

Heavybit Industries / IwamotoScott Architecture

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Architects: IwamotoScott Architecture
Location: 325 9th Street, , CA 94103,
Project Team: Sean Canty, Chretian Macutay
Design Build Installation Leaders: Ryan Beliakof (Rope Room), Juliana Raimondi (HexCell Fabric), Kelvin Huang (HexCell Steel)
Assistants: Anne Schneider, Will DiMichele, Cooper Jones
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

San Francisco To Transform City with Eco-Districts

; Photo Courtesy of Flickr User KP Tripathi

San Francisco’s Planning Department is working with California’s sustainability guidelines to structure growth within the city in accordance with the state’s requirements and the city’s goals through the department’s Sustainability Development Program.  The program aims to reduce water consumption, reduce waste and enhance community-scale energy resources.  To aid in the fulfillment of these goals, the program is implementing a tool called – a community of property owners, businesses and residents within a neighborhood that collaborate to develop and initiate sustainable development projects in their area.  Using a set of performance metrics, neighborhoods can shape their projects with custom strategies for their community.

The Eco-District is fundamentally a community-driven development that has the potential to achieve the smart growth of sustainable ideas but also build local urban identity and enforce a sense of place among its residents.  The Eco-District movement has already taken shape in Austin (TX), Boston (MA), Seattle (WA),  Washington DC, and Portland (OR) in various degrees of development.  San Francisco’s adoption of this tool will help drive the successes of the Sustainability Development Program with a focus on holistic approaches of neighborhood development and support with environmentally conscious improvements.

Read on for more on San Francisco’s Eco-Districts.

Chambers Eat + Drink / Mr. Important Design

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Architects: Mr. Important Design
Location: 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA 94109,
Design Team: Charles Doell and Miriam Marchevsky Alegra Design Team: Charles Doell, Miriam Marchevsky, and Alvaro Bonfiglio
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeff Dow

Giant Pixel / Studio O+A

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Architects: Studio O+A
Location: 431 Jessie Street, , CA 94103,
Architect In Charge: Studio O+A
Design Team: Primo Orpilla, Verda Alexander, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Neil Bartley, Caren McDonald, Jeorge Jordan, Liz Guerrero
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasper Sanidad

SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates

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Architects: Mark Cavagnero Associates
Location: 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Area: 36500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Kyle Jeffers