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Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture / LMS Architects

09:00 - 10 June, 2018
© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area, U.S. 101, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
  • Principal in Charge

    Marsha Maytum
  • Project Architect

    Christine Van Wagenen
  • Area

    70000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Gable House / Edmonds + Lee Architects

09:00 - 23 May, 2018
Gable House / Edmonds + Lee Architects, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher + 22

Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

08:00 - 23 May, 2018
Final Winning Design Concepts Released for Resilience by Design's Bay Area Challenge

One year after the launch of Resilient by Design's Bay Area Challenge, led by TLS Landscape has presented the final nine design concepts. The Bay Area Challenge launched with a call to action to "bring together local residents, community organizations, public officials and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions that will strengthen our region's resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes." The idea formulated as a “blueprint for resilience” that can be replicated and utilized locally and globally. Other urban challenges will also be addressed, including housing, transport, health and economic disparity as a means of not just protecting the current regions, but strengthening them.

The elite, collaborative teams include world-renowned designers like BIGMithun and HASSELL+.

Read on for more about each of the final design concepts.

The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design The Estuary Commons: People, Place, and Path Forward - All Bay Collective. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design Islais-Creek - Hyper Creek - BIG + ONE + Sherwood. Image Courtesy of Resilient by Design + 46

House GC / Roberto Benito

11:00 - 19 April, 2018
House GC / Roberto Benito, © Gonzalo Viramonte
© Gonzalo Viramonte

© Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte © Gonzalo Viramonte + 37

"Zucktown, USA": Will Facebook Design Your Future City?

14:06 - 21 March, 2018
"Zucktown, USA": Will Facebook Design Your Future City?, Willow Village will form part of Facebook's OMA-designed Willow Campus. Image Courtesy of OMA
Willow Village will form part of Facebook's OMA-designed Willow Campus. Image Courtesy of OMA

“Do people love tech companies so much that they would live inside them?” This is the question posed by The New York Times in an article reflecting on Facebook’s plans for Willow Village, a 59-acre urban district located at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters in San Francisco, California.

New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles

14:00 - 15 March, 2018
New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles, Courtesy of MAD
Courtesy of MAD

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by MAD Architects, has broken ground in Los Angeles, California. Founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, and standing at the gateway to the city’s Exposition Park, the scheme is envisioned as a “futuristic spaceship” landing on the site’s natural environment.

The building’s interior has been designed as an expansive, open cave, flooded with natural light from skylights above. At least $400 million worth of art will be housed in the museum, including over 10,000 paintings, illustrations and movie memorabilia. The first floor and roof will be designated as public areas for visitors to exercise, relax, and “directly experience nature in the urban environment."

Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of Studio-MLA Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of MAD + 5

Salesforce Tower / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

16:00 - 22 February, 2018
© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

HASSELL + MVRDV's Proposal to Improve the Bay Area's Resilience in the Event of a Disaster

08:00 - 9 February, 2018
HASSELL + MVRDV's Proposal to Improve the Bay Area's Resilience in the Event of a Disaster, Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+
Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+

Following recent natural disasters including the Northern California wildfires, the HASSELL + team have been inspired to reimagine the San Francisco Bay Area as a vibrant community hub, equipped to provide temporary facilities in an emergency. As part of the competition Resilient by Design, the ten teams were asked to provide solutions for the waterfront through site-specific conceptual design and collaborative research projects.

Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ Courtesy of MVRDV and HASSELL+ + 13

Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition

14:21 - 5 February, 2018
Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition, Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition
Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition

The Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco international competition for students and young architects consists in proposing a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the unused piers of the historic Port of San Francisco.

San Francisco is the fourth largest city in the State of California, with a population of around 860,000 distributed over 121 km2. It is located on the West Coast of the United States, on the north end of the San Francisco peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and connected to the mainland to the south.

San Francisco is one

Studio Gang Reveals Concept Designs for California College of the Arts Campus

16:00 - 23 January, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Concept Designs for California College of the Arts Campus, © Studio Gang
© Studio Gang

Studio Gang has revealed concept designs for their campus master plan for the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Currently split between facilities in San Francisco and Oakland, the new unified campus will bring together the school’s various art and design programs into one “vibrant indoor-outdoor environment.”

The design concepts aims to become a “highly sustainable model for the future of creative practices,” arranging programs into upper and lower ground levels to encourage interaction and cross-departmental osmosis. 

From Affordable Housing to Climate Change, San Francisco Is a Microcosm of Global Urban Challenges

09:30 - 23 January, 2018
From Affordable Housing to Climate Change, San Francisco Is a Microcosm of Global Urban Challenges,  © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/sagesolar/11909989624/'>Flickr user sagesolar</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user sagesolar licensed under CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "John King on San Francisco, Oakland, and the Challenge of Affordable Housing."

John King has covered the urban design beat for the San Francisco Chronicle for 17 years now. That’s long enough, in other words, to have written about a handful of economic booms and subsequent busts. But the Bay Area is a unique beast. No other region in the country has been as thoroughly transformed by the digital revolution. And it’s a transformation that continues to this day. Shortly before the New Year, I spoke to King about the fate of San Francisco, the Oakland renaissance, and his 4-month long fellowship in Washington, DC.

Diamond Heights Renovation / Michael Hennessey Architecture

13:00 - 1 January, 2018
Diamond Heights Renovation / Michael Hennessey Architecture, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher + 23

Remember House / Edmonds + Lee Architects

13:00 - 17 December, 2017
Remember House / Edmonds + Lee Architects, © Joe Fletcher Photography
© Joe Fletcher Photography

© Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography + 18

Seacliff House / Michael C.F. Chan & Associates

20:00 - 1 December, 2017
Seacliff House / Michael C.F. Chan & Associates, © Paul Dyer
© Paul Dyer

© Paul Dyer © Paul Dyer © Paul Dyer © Paul Dyer + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Michael C.F. Chan, Jeffrey Hua Shen
  • Design Team

    Michael Chan, Jeffrey Shen, Ed Libe, Carlo Calabia, Fiona Jiang
  • Area

    5676.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Twitter Skybridge / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

17:00 - 1 November, 2017
Twitter Skybridge / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 10

Airbnb Office - 999 Brannan / Airbnb Environments

11:00 - 26 October, 2017
Airbnb Office - 999 Brannan / Airbnb Environments, © Mariko Reed
© Mariko Reed

© Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed © Mariko Reed + 52

  • Architects

  • Location

    999 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Aaron Taylor Harvey, Rachael Harvey
  • Architecture of Record

  • Area

    14000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

wHY Unveils $38 Million San Francisco Asian Art Museum Addition

16:30 - 27 September, 2017
wHY Unveils $38 Million San Francisco Asian Art Museum Addition, © wHY
© wHY

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum has unveiled plans for a $38 million renovation and addition project that will transform the institution’s exhibition and educational programs while reconnecting the building to its Civic Center location. Designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY, the project consists of a new 13,000-square-foot exhibition Pavilion and Art Terrace clad in a rusticated gray terracotta facade that echoes the design language of the original beaux arts building.

© wHY © wHY © wHY © wHY + 15

Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area

14:00 - 23 September, 2017
Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area

From a pool of over fifty submissions, Resilient by Design have chosen ten winning teams to collaborate with engineers, climate change experts, designers, architects and community members to imagine a better future for The Bay Area in the face of potentially devastating climate change. The winning teams AECOM, BIG, Bionic, TLS, Field Operations, HASSELL, Mithun, Base Landscape, SCAPE and Gensler will spend the next year on a combination of collaborative research projects and site-specific conceptual design solutions.

Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area Resilient by Design Announces Ten Winners Set to Re-Imagine The Bay Area + 7