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San Francisco Apple Store Passes "Avian Risk" Analysis

Apple's signature glass design has come with its fair share of mishaps - from errant snowblowers to, of course, dying birds. To determine the risk posed by Apple's latest approved store to San Francisco's protected bird population, Apple hired avian collision risk consultants (really) who determined that the risk is "acceptable" (for non-avian species at least). Read the full bird analysis here.

Apple’s Revised San Francisco Store Approved

Third time’s the charm, at least in the case of Apple’s Foster + Partners-designed flagship store planned for San Francisco’s historic Union Square. After being sent back to the drawings boards on multiple occasions, the signature glass box’s third proposal (which was claimed to be “more iconic” than the company’s famous Five Avenue glass cube in New York City) has been awarded approval from the city. 

Presido Trust Rejects Shortlisted Proposals, Calls Off Competition

This week, just two weeks after the three shortlisted teams submitted their revised proposals for Crissy Field, San Francisco’s Presidio Trust unanimously decided to end the competition. Though the competition raised high hopes over its 14-month duration that the Trust would transform the prominent 8-acre site into a "cultural institution of distinction," its fate has been left to the “wind,” as the SFGate’s John King reports. This means, neither George Lucas’ self-titled cultural arts museum, WRNS Studio and the Chora Group’s sustainability institute, or the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s  “park-based” cultural center will be realized. You can view each of the rejected proposals here and more details on the cancelation here

Snøhetta Unveils Version 3.0 of San Francisco's Golden State Warriors’ Stadium

Snøhetta has released an updated, more "slimmed-down" version of the Golden State Warriors’ Stadium, which is scheduled to debut on a preeminent San Francisco waterfront site for the 2017-18 NBA basketball season. Located on Piers 30-32, just walking distance from the downtown Financial District and easily accessed by a variety of public transportation, the revised design has shaved off over 30,000 square feet of the venue's total square footage and increased public open space to nearly 8 acres, 60 percent of the 13 acre site. 

Expedia Office / Rapt Studio

  • Architects: Rapt Studio
  • Location: 114 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
  • Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Eric Laignel

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355 11th Street / Aidlin Darling Design

  • Architects: Aidlin Darling Design
  • Location: 355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Joshua Aidlin, AIA – Principal, David Darling, AIA – Principal, Shane Curnyn – Project Architect
  • Landscape Architects: Miller Company, Jeff Miller, Kyla Burson
  • Area: 14000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Matthew Millman, Richard Barnes

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Janus House / Kennerly Architecture & Planning

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Ribbons / Cliff Garten Studio

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Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio
  • Architects: Cliff Garten Studio
  • Location: Union Street Plaza Garage, 2001 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
  • Area: 21840.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Cliff Garten Studio

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Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban health in eight of the USA’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas - a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 - the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental health in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.

San Francisco Loft / LINEOFFICE Architecture

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San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters Proposal / The Open Workshop

A fire station typically is organized into two distinct zones - one that reaches outwards to the city and acts as a monumental symbol of protection, and one that contains the hidden inner workings of the station. In a large headquarters, with a diverse set of programs each with their own unique spatial requirements, such a strategy of containment is untenable. 

Hydraspan Bridge Colony / Future Cities Lab

To represent a "speculative proposal for the radical reuse and re-colonization of the bridge infrastructure," California-based Future Cities Lab has developed the “Hydraspan Bridge Colony installation: a 40-foot long, quarter-scale model that foresees a dense and agriculturally rich community suspended below the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.

AEC Hackathon

A first for the AEC 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.

House 1532 / Fougeron Architecture

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© Richard Barnes

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Tolleson Offices / Huntsman Architectural Group

  • Architects: Huntsman Architectural Group
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Design Team: Bill Puetz, Alison Woolf, Gregory Dumont, Elise Beaty
  • Owner: Steve Tolleson, Tolleson Design
  • Building architects: Christian Maarse
  • General contractor: Birmingham Development
  • Area: 11000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Wakely

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BIG Selected to Design Mixed-Use Complex in San Francisco

In an effort to reestablish Mid-Market as an arts district in San Francisco, 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.