Architecture and the City Festival

00:00 - 21 July, 2013
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco

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

01:00 - 17 July, 2013
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  • Architects

  • Location

    325 9th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • 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

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San Francisco's Eco-Districts, Starting with the Central Corridor

00:00 - 30 June, 2013
San Francisco; Photo Courtesy of Flickr User KP Tripathi
San Francisco; 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 Eco-Districts - 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 is 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 about the types of Eco-Districts that have been developed in San Francisco.

Chambers Eat + Drink / Mr. Important Design

01:00 - 29 June, 2013
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© Jeff Dow

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Giant Pixel / Studio O+A

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
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© Jasper Sanidad
  • Architects

  • Location

    431 Jessie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
  • 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
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Jasper Sanidad

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SF Jazz / Mark Cavagnero Associates

01:00 - 25 June, 2013
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© Tim Griffith

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Facades+ Performance Workshop

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
Courtesy of Mode Lab
Courtesy of Mode Lab

Presented by The Architect's Newspaper and enclos, Mode Lab recently announced their upcoming Facades+ Performance Symposium in San Francisco taking place July11-12. The event consists of hands-on instruction by industry experts in a small, one-on-one, classroom setting. These workshops will provide professionals and academics with the skills and knowledge to work with cutting edge technologies in a fast-paced and intensive environment. The workshop will explore the use of Grasshopper, Firefly and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and prototyping of intelligent building skins. For more information, please visit here.

What Does the New Apple Store in San Francisco Say About Commercial Architecture?

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
Rendering of the proposed Apple Store in Union Square
Rendering of the proposed Apple Store in Union Square

This past May, Apple filed plans to close its existing flagship retail store at 1 Stockton Street in San Francisco and move it three blocks north to one of the city's most popular spots: Union Square. This plan was met with enthusiasm from city officials until they realized that Apple and the store's architects at Foster + Partners were disregarding a beloved bronze folk art fountain by San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa that currently occupies the site. Many have also criticized the store's design for being a characterless box of metal and glass that contributes nothing unique to the local landscape, raising awareness of a commercial architecture defined more and more by trademark and less and less by its surroundings.

More on Apple's proposal in San Francisco and the problems of trademarked design after the break.

280 Freeway Competition

01:00 - 7 June, 2013

Architecture at Zero 2013 Competition

01:00 - 17 May, 2013
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco

Open to students and professionals worldwide, the Architecture at Zero 2013 competition is challenging participants to create a design for a new, roughly 150 unit mixed-use residential apartment building located in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California. With the aim of being as close to zero net energy as possible, the building must be a mix of affordable and market rate housing units and include a full neighborhood-serving grocery store on the ground level. The competition is presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and AIA San Francisco, in partnership with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). Submissions are due October 1. To register, and for more information, please visit here.

The Presidio Trust of San Francisco Announces 3 Finalists for Cultural Hub Competition

00:00 - 4 May, 2013
Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons
Fort Baker Golden Gate National Recreation Area; © The City Project via Flickr; Licensed via Creative Commons

San Francisco is planning a new cultural facility on the former commissary of the military base that has been turned into a national park and has announced three finalists in its competition held by the Presidio Trust, according to news outlet SFGate.  The 92,000 square-foot building is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has an ambitious future that will be developed on this unique location.  The three finalists have diverse agendas that range from turning the future cultural center into a performance and exhibition space to an institute that focuses on sustainability issues.  The Presidio Trust is currently laying out guidelines in the next step of the competition that will likely be due in the fall.  The trust also plans to engage the public with a to-be-scheduled forum in June that will host presentations by the finalists.

Join us after the break for a look at the three finalists.

Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
Transbay Transit Center Aerial View; © Pelli Clarke Pelli / Transbay Joint Powers Authority
Transbay Transit Center Aerial View; © Pelli Clarke Pelli / Transbay Joint Powers Authority

The revamped Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco broke ground earlier this week, a project that will introduce a 1.5 million square foot development that will be part transportation hub, part public park and urban space, and part offices and retail establishments.  The massive undertaking, designed by renowned architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli will bring together 11 systems of local and national transportation, serving 45 million people per year.  In addition to securing access to myriad transit lines, the project will also provide downtown San Francisco with a 5.4-acre rooftop park, designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, along with numerous cultural programs.  The project is budgeted at 4.2 billion dollars and is projected for completion in 2017.  It is funded in part by the construction of a 1,070-foot tower that is adjacent to the Transbay Transity Center.  It is also designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and is slated to be the tallest tower in San Francisco.  The tower will secure 60 stories of office space and jobs and will contribute to the projected $87 billion of revenue through 2030.

Join us after the break for more details on this project.

A Conversation on Firm Culture with Carole Wedge and Jessica Lane

00:00 - 17 March, 2013
Duke University Law School / Courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch
Duke University Law School / Courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch

As part of AIA San Francisco's continuous effort to highlight women in architecture and better understand the imbalance of gender in the profession, they are hosting two great women for a conversation on firm culture, leadership and mentorship which will take place March 19th from 6:00pm-8:00pm PST. Carole Wedge, FAIA - Shepley Bulfinch's first female President in its 130 year history- will talk with emerging designer Jessica Lane of EHDD to discuss Carole's start at Shepley Bulfinch, in 1986, working in the mailroom as a co-op architecture student at the Boston Architectural Center, as well as her appointment, in 2004, as president. For more information, please visit here.

AD Classics: Marin Civic Center / Frank Lloyd Wright

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
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© Flickr User C.M. Keiner

The Marin County Civic Center was Frank Lloyd Wright's last commission and largest public project, including several civic functions that would serve Marin County and San Francisco, which after the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge became closer than ever. Wright was selected for the project in 1957, winning a vote out of hope he would be able to best represent a democratic government open to the people through the Civic Center.

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Video: Bridge of Light

00:00 - 6 March, 2013

The NY Times published this amazing video of a spectacular art installation on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. Thousands of computer controlled LED lights can be seen during the night with this fantastic display. Enjoy!

Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building / Rafael Viñoly Architects

01:00 - 5 March, 2013
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© Bruce Damonte
  • Architects

  • Location

    505 Parnassus Avenue, University of California San Francisco Medical Center : Dentistry, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Rafael Viñoly
  • Electrical Engineer

    Cupertino Electric, Inc
  • Landscape Architect

    Carducci & Associates, Inc
  • Civil Engineer

    Sandis
 Cahd Browning
  • Structural Engineer (Design)

    Nabih Youssef Associates Michael Gemmill
  • Structural Engineer (of Record)

    Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc
  • Area

    6364.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

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College Track / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

01:00 - 26 February, 2013
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© David Wakely

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Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
© Juliana Sohn
© Juliana Sohn
  • Architects

  • Location

    2450 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
  • Principal in Charge

    Dan Gallagher
  • Design Principals

    Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
  • Project Manager

    John Chow
  • Team

    Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

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