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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."

Vincent Laforet Captures San Francisco From Above

16:00 - 19 March, 2015
Vincent Laforet Captures San Francisco From Above, © Vincent Laforet
© Vincent Laforet

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has made his way to San Francisco as part three of his dizzying series of city aerials. Capturing the tightly packed metropolis from 7,200-feet, Laforet became mesmerized by the city’s “clashing grids,” stunning bridges and overwhelming feeling of “peace and order.”

“There’s just something about this city’s vibe - a perfect balance between the hectic go-getter pace of New York and the more relaxed, laissez-faire rhythm of Los Angeles,” says Laforet. “It feels like every little piece of the puzzle has somehow found its place in what is an absolutely chaotic topography.”

See a selection of Laforet’s San Francisco series, after the break. 

© Vincent Laforet © Vincent Laforet © Vincent Laforet © Vincent Laforet +6

SteelHouse 1 and 2 / Zack | de Vito Architecture

14:00 - 3 March, 2015
SteelHouse 1 and 2 / Zack | de Vito Architecture, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Paul Dyer +23

300 Ivy Street / David Baker Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
300 Ivy Street  / David Baker Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

The Nature Conservancy HQ / MKThink

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
The Nature Conservancy HQ / MKThink, © Cesar Rubio
© Cesar Rubio

© Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio © Cesar Rubio +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Mangement

    Studley
  • Contractor

    GCI
  • Area

    16200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail

00:00 - 8 January, 2015
California Breaks Ground on America’s First High Speed Rail, Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA
Proposed Statewide Alignment Map. Image Courtesy of Rail LA

California has broke ground on America’s first high-speed rail line in Fresno, six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. However, along with celebrations comes skepticism; according to an NPR report, fears of the project’s failure have risen due to the rail line only having a fifth of its funding and that its nearly three-hour journey will still take longer than a flight connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco. Despite this, supporters are optimistic that the line will be up and running by 2030. The state will be relying on private investment and revenue from the state’s greenhouse-gas fees to secure the remaining $55 billion needed to complete the $68 billion project. 

North Beach Branch Library / LMS Architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2014
North Beach Branch Library / LMS Architects, Courtesy of LMS Architects
Courtesy of LMS Architects

Courtesy of LMS Architects Courtesy of LMS Architects Courtesy of LMS Architects Courtesy of LMS Architects +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    North Beach, San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Area

    8500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of LMS Architects

Laguna Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
Laguna Street Residence / Michael Hennessey Architecture, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher +20

Square Headquarters / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

01:00 - 22 September, 2014
Square Headquarters / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Design Principal

    Gregory R. Mottola, AIA
  • Project Manager

    Christopher Orsega, AIA
  • Area

    173450.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

SFMOMA Tops Out

00:00 - 18 September, 2014
SFMOMA Tops Out, © Henrik Kam
© Henrik Kam

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has topped out its Snøhetta-designed extension, marking the halfway point in the museum’s transformation. Rising behind SFMOMA’s existing Mario Botta-designed building, the 10-story addition will add more than triple the amount of gallery space, 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor galleries, flexible performance art spaces and a dramatically expanded education program for students and teachers upon completion in 2016.

More images after the break...

VARA / Studio O+A

01:00 - 28 August, 2014
VARA / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    1880 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
  • Design Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Jeorge Jordan, Will Chu, Alma Lopez, Caren Currie, Olivia Ward, Justin Ackerman, Al McKee
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Capital One Lab / Studio O+A

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
© Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Project Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Chris Lindes, Oren Aks, Alma Lopez, Kroeun Dav, Alfred Socias, Justin Ackerman, Sarah Dziuba, Chase Lunt, Jeorge Jordan, Elizabeth Guerrero, Holly Hursley
  • Area

    3500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +12

New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco

00:00 - 30 July, 2014
New Images Released of Foster + Partners’ “First and Mission” Towers in San Francisco, This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners
This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners

New images have been released of Foster + Partners’ and Heller Manus Architects’ design for  “First and Mission,” a two tower, two million square foot mixed-use development project in downtown San Francisco.

The project consists of a 605-foot condominium tower -- the tallest residential project on the West Coast -- and an 850-foot hotel, residential and office tower. Together the two towers will add more than a million square feet of flexible office and commercial space, as well as 650,000 square feet of residential units to the Transbay Area.

View more images and learn more about the design of the "First and Mission" project after the break...

This rendering shows the “First and Mission” towers to the right of the taller Salesforce tower, which is currently under construction. Image © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners © Foster + Partners +5

Folsom Tower / Studio Gang

01:00 - 11 July, 2014
Folsom Tower / Studio Gang, Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

Last night Studio Gang Architects unveiled designs of their first ever building in San Francisco, a 400 foot tall residential tower with an undulating, twisting facade. Inspired by the bay windows of older local buildings such as 450 Sutter Street, Studio Gang have added a twist (literally) to the typology with incremental rotations of the 90-degree bays running vertically up the facade.

Read on for more details of the design

Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A

01:00 - 20 June, 2014
Yelp Headquarters / Studio O+A, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Design Team

    Primo Orpilla, Denise Cherry, Verda Alexander, Perry Stephney, Clem Soga, Steve Gerten, Elizabeth Guerrero, David Hunter, Alma Lopez, Renee Laput-Mendoza, Sarunya Wongjodsri, , Jeorge Jordan, Olivia Ward, Kroeun Dav, Chase Lunt, Amie Zemlicka, Maleesa Pollock, Will Chu
  • Area

    106000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center

00:00 - 4 June, 2014
Renzo Piano Returns to Bay Area, Designs "Plaza District" for City Center, Courtesy of RPBW
Courtesy of RPBW

Renzo Piano has been commissioned to return to the Bay Area, this time to design a 350,000 square foot “Plaza District” for a mixed-used City Center development in San Ramon. Similar to his prized California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new multi-use district will feature expansive glass walls and a lush living roof. 

Adobe 410 Townsend / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
© David Wakely
© David Wakely
  • Architects

  • Location

    410 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Design Team

    Louis Ray, William Turner, Matt Gamache, Surili Ranpuria, Audrey Bauer, Lacey Engelke, Stephen Killion
  • Area

    44000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely +18

Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Presidio Trust Enlists 5 to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field, Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell
Presidio From Southeast. Image © Robert Campbell

San Francisco’s Presidio Trust isn’t giving up. After rejecting three shortlisted schemes earlier this year that envisioned a “cultural institution of distinction” for the underdeveloped Crissy Field, the Trust has now invited five new teams to envision “kid-friendly” plans for a 13 acre portion of the site. 

The five teams, which include James Corner Field Operations, Olson Kundig Architects and Snøhetta, are expected to present their ideas publicly in just three months. A winner will not be selected, though each team will receive $25,000 for their efforts. However, the Trust will be inclined to work with one of the teams should their concepts “dazzle” the audience.  

A complete list of the five teams and more project information, after the break...