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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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
  • Interiors

    Nancy Silvestro
  • Project Area

    277.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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."

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