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Video: Architect Rob Quigley on the 35-Year Struggle to Build the San Diego Library

16:00 - 28 February, 2015

"Big things don't happen overnight," says architect Rob Quigley, speaking to Breadtruck Films, "and civic buildings certainly don't happen overnight." The words ring true in the context of Quigley's San Diego New Central Library, which opened in 2013 following a protracted 17 year period of design and construction. After conceiving of the design in 1996, Quigley's plans for the library were "put on the back burner" when planning authorities chose to halt construction on the project in favor of a new ballpark. Construction eventually recommenced years later, in what has since been described as "absolutely a surreal experience."

In this video Quigley describes the driving force of "creating an architecture that responds honestly and authentically to who we are," and how the library has come to be a "symbol of [San Diego]'s commitment to learning and literacy." 

Video: The Northparker / Jonathan Segal

00:00 - 15 February, 2015

"The beauty of [architecture] is the payoff. That building has created a better place for people to live and a better lifestyle for people." A mixed use building that brings together craft beer, street tacos and modern housing, California developer Jonathan Segal's "The Northparker" has helped transform the once blighted area Northpark into one of San Diego's most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Breadtruck Films shares just how a single building created community and changed a city in the video above.

AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
AD Classics: Geisel Library / William L. Pereira & Associates, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

The alien form of the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego seems befitting of a backdrop from a science fiction movie. The building occupies a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism that its architect, William Pereira, intrepidly pursued throughout his career. With its strong concrete piers and hovering glassy enclosures, the library beautifully occupies an ambiguous state between massiveness and levitation, as if the upper stories have only just been set into their base and can be lifted back out at any moment. The tension between these two conditions gives the library an otherworldly appearance and provides a startling statement about the generative and imaginative power of the architect.

© Flickr user domc © Darren Bradley © Flickr user 3n Sixth Floor Plan + 14

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans, © Assassi Productions
© Assassi Productions

© Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions © Assassi Productions + 29

Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio

01:00 - 2 May, 2014
Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio, © Paul Rivera
© Paul Rivera

© Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera © Paul Rivera + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    9800 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, United States
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Jennifer Luce Principal
  • Design Team

    Jennifer Luce, Ann Worth, Adam Grove
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

TED Talk: How Architectural Innovations Migrate Across Borders / Teddy Cruz

00:00 - 21 March, 2014

In this TED talk, architect and urbanist Teddy Cruz urges us to rethink urban growth. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz denounces the “stupid” and consumption-driven ways in which our cities have been expanding and declares that the future depends on the reorganization of social economic relations.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion

00:00 - 14 March, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Taps Selldorf to Design Expansion, La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian
La Jolla branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Image © Flickr CC User Kansas Sebastian

New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection.

North City Campus / JWDA

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
North City Campus / JWDA, © Brady Architectural Photography
© Brady Architectural Photography

© Brady Architectural Photography © Brady Architectural Photography © Brady Architectural Photography © Brady Architectural Photography + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    8355 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123, USA
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Joseph Wong, FAIA, Matthew Geaman, AIA, LEED AP
  • Area

    42942.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA

00:00 - 11 September, 2013
The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA, © Matthew Segal
© Matthew Segal

© Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal © Matthew Segal + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Project Managers

    Matthew Segal, Guillermo Tomaszewski
  • Engineer

    DCI Engineers
  • Area

    5300.0 m2
  • Photographs

San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells

00:00 - 12 August, 2013
San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Innovation Center / Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, © John Durant
© John Durant

© John Durant © John Durant © John Durant © John Durant + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, CA 92117, United States
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Matthew Wells
  • Design Team

    Sean Chen, Kristin Shultz, Frank Sanchez
  • Consultants

    Snipes Dye, Spurlock Poirier, Hope Engineering, Turpin & Rattan,
  • Contractor

    Johnson & Jennings
  • Area

    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects, © Darren Bradley
© Darren Bradley

© Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani © Tim Mantoani + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA, United States
  • Category

  • Design Architect

    Kevin de Freitas, Manish Desai
  • Architect of Record

    Sillman Wright Architects
  • General Contractor

    PRAVA Construction Service Inc.
  • Public Artist

    Shinpei Takeda
  • Photographs

W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design

01:00 - 6 July, 2013
W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design, © Jeff Dow
© Jeff Dow

© Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow © Jeff Dow + 17

Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects

01:00 - 15 June, 2013
Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects, © Larry Stanley
© Larry Stanley

© Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley © Larry Stanley + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    James Gabriel, Chris Johns, Adrienne Gabriel
  • Client/Owner

    Miyo and Mitchell Reff
  • General Contractor

    RGB Group Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    Mike Suprenant & Associates
  • Landscape Architect

    Jaime Lievers
  • Area

    4320.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co

01:00 - 5 May, 2013
Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co, © Cheryl Ramsay
© Cheryl Ramsay

© Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay © Cheryl Ramsay + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    9591 Waples Street, San Diego, CA 92121, United States
  • Category

  • Graphics, Branding, Interactive Exhibits and Signage

    Hollis Brand Culture
  • Client

    Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca Lecture

00:00 - 10 April, 2013
Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca Lecture, Courtesy of Woodbury University School of Architecture
Courtesy of Woodbury University School of Architecture

Taking place tomorrow, April 11th, at 6:00pm, Woodbury University's School of Architecture will be hosting the Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca lecture. Supersudaca's main driving motto has been to connect the usually disconnected Latinamerica architectural arena with projects directly related to the public perception such as recreation spaces, public spaces, installations etc in various locations such as Caracas, Lima, Tokyo, Talca, Buenos Aires. They continuously use the workshop format with students from various universities worldwide to launch campaigns for such projects. For more information, please visit here.

Winy Maas to Deliver Lecture on “What’s Next?” at NSAD

11:00 - 17 February, 2013
DNB Bank Headquarters by MVRDV / © Jiri Havran
DNB Bank Headquarters by MVRDV / © Jiri Havran

Taking place this coming Wednesday, February 20th, Winy Maas, a Netherlands-based architect, urbanist and co-founder of the internationally-recognized firm MVRDV, is scheduled to speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) at 9:00am PST on the topic of “What’s Next?”. The free lecture includes a discussion on the recent works of MVRDV and the research institute The Why Factory, a think tank directed by Maas in collaboration with Delft University of Technology that develops scenarios and models of the city of the future. For more information, please visit here.

Mexican Architect Fernando Romero to Speak at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

11:00 - 15 January, 2013
Courtesy of Fernando Romero
Courtesy of Fernando Romero

Mexican architect Fernando Romero will be speaking tomorrow evening, January 16, at NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego on the topic of “You are the Context” as part of the school’s lecture series. Free and open to the public, the event focuses on how we must reconsider the definition of context as it pertains to architecture as the global reach of projects increases through digital communication. Named to Fast Company’s Co.Design “Designers Shaping the Future” 2012, his recent Soumaya Museum in Mexico City is described by CNN’s Great Buildings series as “jaw-dropping.” For more information, please visit here.

The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA

00:00 - 26 December, 2012
The Union / Jonathan Segal FAIA, © Paul Body
© Paul Body

© Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body © Paul Body + 26