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

"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

"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

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.

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NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center / Gould Evans

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

San Diego, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Gould Evans
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    124000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

Machine in a Box / Luce Et Studio

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

Factory  · 
San Diego, United States
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Luce Et Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

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

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

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

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

University  · 
San Diego, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project JWDA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    42942.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013

The Cresta / Jonathan Segal FAIA

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

Houses  · 
San Diego, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Jonathan Segal FAIA
  • Engineer Authors of this architecture project text, DCI Engineers,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    5300.0 m2

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

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

San Diego, United States
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    25000.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2011

Ocean Beach Comfort Station / Kevin de Freitas Architects

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

Small Scale  · 
San Diego, United States

W Hotel, San Diego / Mr. Important Design

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

Restaurant  · 
San Diego, United States
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Mr. Important Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    772.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2012

Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects

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

Houses  · 
San Diego, United States
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects
  • Landscape Architect Authors of this architecture project text, Jaime Lievers,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    4320.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2009

Challenged Athletes Foundation / Colkitt & Co

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

San Diego, United States
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Colkitt & Co
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2011

Juan Pablo Corvalan Hochberger, Supersudaca Lecture

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

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

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

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

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Jonathan Segal FAIA
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2007