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Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building / Rafael Viñoly Architects

  • Architects: Rafael Viñoly 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: Bruce Damonte

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College Track / Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

© David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely © David Wakely

Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

  • Architects: NADAAA
  • 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: Juliana Sohn

© Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn

Update: SFMOMA Expansion / Snøhetta

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced further details of its 235,000-square-foot building expansion that will support the museum's increasing role in city life and the international art community. Designed by Norway-based practice Snøhetta, in collaboration with local firm EHDDthe 10-story concrete structure will compliment SFMOMA's original, Mario Botta-designed, red-brick museum by offering more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs and an abundance of flexible performance-based gallery space.

Our Ideal City? Seen through the eyes of the Pacific West Coast.

View of Silicon Valley via Flickr user Shootyoureyeout
View of Silicon Valley via Flickr user Shootyoureyeout

As most New Yorkers know, people are willing to shell out a hefty sum to live in a place where work and play are right around the corner from each other.  But as the article by Ken Layne in The Awl  points out, the west coast is a somewhat different place.  UNLIKE New York City, which is crowded with restaurants, bars, and entertainment, as well as offices, design firms and businesses; Silicon Valley, which caters to programmers and tech companies that hire at $100k a year, offers few of the amenities that a nearby town like San Francisco does.  So, Layne concludes, residents are willing to spend hours of their day  making their way into the fortressed office parks of Silicon Valley, flanked by parking lots and boulevards, just to have a cultural reprieve to call home.  

Flip House / Fougeron Architecture

  • Architects: Fougeron Architecture
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Fougeron Architecture

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UPDATE: Complications for Snohetta and Aecom's Warriors’ Arena

© NBA.com
© NBA.com

Complications could be on the rise for Snøhetta and AECOM, who were recently announced as the Golden State Warriors’ architects of choice to design their new sports and entertainment complex on the San Francisco waterfront. Despite the complications, however, the architects still have time to execute the hoped-for ‘slam dunk’. More information after the break.

Fillmore Park / David Baker + Partners Architects

  • Architects: David Baker + Partners Architects
  • Location: 1345 Turk Street, San Francisco, United States
  • Design Team: David Baker, Peter MacKenzie, Ian Dunn
  • Site Area: 26,708 sqf
  • Client: Michael Simmons Property Development
  • Area: 44,330 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

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Golden State Warriors Stadium / Snøhetta + AECOM

The Golden State Warriors recently announced that Snøhetta and AECOM have been selected as the architecture team to design the Warriors’ new sports and entertainment complex on the San Francisco waterfront. Currently in the final stages of the agreement, the new stadium will be a true centerpiece in hosting the Bay Area’s NBA basketball team, as well as provide a great venue concerts, cultural events and conventions, which are all prominent events the city currently cannot accommodate. More images of the architects’ design can be viewed after the break.

San Francisco Approves Nation's Tiniest Apartments

An artist's concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)
An artist's concept of an apartment. (Panoramic Interests)

San Francisco has recently approved legislation that will change the city building code to allow for “micro-unit apartments” that includes only 220 square feet of living space. These spaces aim at providing affordable options for singles to live in densely populated urban areas without having to live in the outskirts of the city. Although more of a craze in NY, San Francisco has actually surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. More information after the break.

UCSF Mission Bay Parking Structure / WRNS Studio

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Location: Mission Bay District, San Francisco, United States
  • Design Team: Sam Nunes, Kyle Elliott, Claire Axley, Ed Kim, Li Kuo, Mette Shenker, Drew Hastings
  • Client: University of California
  • Site Area: 35,000 sqf
  • Area: 223,602 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! November 12-13

Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity
Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity

Taking place November 12-13, the 3rd annual Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! event will consist of innovative panel discussions, workshops and the ‘Design Open Mic’ event at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. Design experts and enthusiasts, industry leaders across disciplines and more come together to address the challenges and lessons learned in humanitarian design and community development. Panel topics address cutting-edge topics and small-group workshops allow participants to gain hands-on knowledge from expert panelists. Put on by Architecture for Humanity, this will be the first year this event is coming to the west coast. For more information, including an itinerary of events, please visit their official website here.

UCSF Mission Bay Block 25A Academic Building Competition Winner / WRNS Studio + Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

WRNS Studio and Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., recently won a design/build competition for a new faculty office building at UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, which takes cues from the workplaces of high-tech companies. When completed, the 7-story academic office building will house UCSF physicians, faculty, and students in an interdisciplinary, flexible, light-filled environment. Drawing on the principles of the activity-based workplace, the design gives each occupant a “home base” workstation, but also a variety of other spaces for specific work and social activities, ranging from huddle rooms and breakout areas to conference rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'The Missing 32%' Event

Taking place at the California College of the Arts in San Fransisco October 13th from 10am-4pm, The Missing 32%,’ features leading professionals from around the country to discuss the role of women in architecture in the 21st century. In the United States, women represent about 50% of students enrolled in architecture programs, but only 18% of licensed architects are women. Throughout the day, attendees will hear from a broad range of speakers who represent different career paths in the profession ranging from those working for large firms to those choosing to start their own practice. The day will begin with a brief overview of statistics that detail the current leadership structure of architecture firms. The event is presented by AIA San Fransisco. For more information, please visit here.  

20th Street Residence / SF-OSL

  • Architects: SF-OSL
  • Location: 1330 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
  • Architect In Charge: Casper Mork Ulnes, Andreas Tingulstad, Grygoriy Ladigin
  • Landscape Architects: Flora Grubb
  • General Contractor: Natal Modica Construction, Inc.
  • Engineer: Double D Engineering
  • Metal Work: Defauw Design & Fabrication
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Bruce Damonte

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Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

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San Francisco 2012 Architecture and the City Festival

Courtesy of AIA San Francisco
Courtesy of AIA San Francisco

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design is currently hosting their ninth annual Architecture and the City Festival, which will be going on until September 30. The event, which takes place in San Francisco every September, is the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. The month-long celebration features behind the scenes and 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. For more information, please visit here.

SFMoMA presents "Field Conditions"

Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 2, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection SFMOMA, gift of Aleksandra Wagner; © Lebbeus Woods
Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 2, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection SFMOMA, gift of Aleksandra Wagner; © Lebbeus Woods

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be hosting an exhibition from September 1, 2012 through January 6, 2013 that features works of conceptual and theoretical architecture. Blurring the lines between the two, the “field” to frame these investigations into construction, representation, and experience of space entitled Field Conditions features works in a wide variety of media by artists and practicing architects. Some of the notable names that will have their work on display include Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sol LeWitt, and Lebbeus Woods. More snapshots of the work after the break.