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San Diego: The Latest Architecture and News

'Live Share Grow' Farm Tower Proposal / Brandon Martella

11:00 - 11 December, 2012
Courtesy of Brandon Martella
Courtesy of Brandon Martella

With produce coming from the Imperial Valley, Central California Valley, neighboring states and other countries the 30,000 plus residents of San Diego’s central urban context consume 21,231,000 pounds of produce each year. Where will we get our food? Transparency in the food industry needs to occur and enlighten blinded consumers. Our city needs to handle this critical issue with an architecture that responds. A new type of residential tower needs to come forth. Utilizing vertical farming, Brandon Martella’s “Live Share Grow’ proposal is a new model of living can be tested and resolved in a dense vertical community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

TEDx: Who will run the world for the next 100 years? / Desmond Wheatley

13:00 - 18 November, 2012

Who will run the world for the next 100 years? Envision Solar President and CEO Desmond Wheatley argues that it will be whoever has abundant sources of power. That is constructive power, rather than destructive power, which is essential to run the information and technology industries that our world is entirely dependent on. Additionally, Wheatley states that energy equals water. And, with less than 1% of the world’s fresh water available for use, desalination is becoming an increasingly plausible solution. The only problem now is that energy is expensive. But, once cities have the will to switch over to renewables, that will no longer be an issue. Could you imagine San Diego as an net exporter of water? Desmond Wheatley can.

The Q / Jonathan Segal FAIA

01:00 - 6 November, 2012
The Q / Jonathan Segal FAIA, Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA
Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA

Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA Courtesy of Jonathan Segal FAIA + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    Guillermo Tomaszewski, Greg Yeatter, Tracy Anderson, Wendy Segal
  • Project Year

    2010

The Charmer / Jonathan Segal Architect

01:00 - 1 November, 2012
The Charmer / Jonathan Segal Architect, © Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin
© Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin

© Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin © Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin © Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin © Matthew Segal & Jeffrey Durkin + 29

Video: the charmer / Jonathan Segal

07:00 - 23 October, 2012

Breadtruck Films shared with us their seven minute documentary on architect Jonathan Segal‘s ‘the charmer’. The project consists of a 19 unit residential complex in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood and recently won a 2012 project of the year award. By building on the tradition of the California courtyard apartments, he shows how architecture can create community and add a little charm to the neighborhood. The outdoor spaces at complex carry just as much importance with Segal as the buildings themselves. He believes that beauty and livability are crucial, and often overlooked, components of environmental design.

Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus Lecture at NewSchool of Architecture and Design

11:00 - 29 February, 2012
Courtesy of NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Courtesy of NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Acclaimed architect and designer Joshua Prince-Ramus, whose projects include the Seattle Central Library and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, will deliver a lecture on March 2nd to NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students and faculty on the topic of “Slow Architecture” at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. NSAD will also provide a live video stream of the 7:30 p.m. lecture for the general public. His lecture is a remarkable opportunity for students to learn from his unique approaches to the design process and his ability to create inspiring designs that extend the boundaries of what is possible is testimony to the power of architecture’s artistry and science. More information on the event after the break.

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

15:00 - 20 January, 2012
Photo by Doug Gates
Photo by Doug Gates

If you are in the San Diego area and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. It is your last chance to experience the exhibit at the museum’s La Jolla location, as it will be closing this Sunday, January 22. However, the exhibit will remain open to the public at its downtown location in San Diego into spring and summer.

More after the break.

 © 2011 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS) Photo by Pablo Mason Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Photo by Pablo Mason © Craig Kauffman | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann © James Turrell | Photo by Philipp Scholz Rittermann + 18

Zaha Hadid is Coming to San Diego

15:00 - 7 November, 2011
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

San Diego Planning Commission has approved Zaha Hadid’s La Jolla Residence. Along with the San Diego firm Public, Hadid will demolish an existing house on a half-acre site at 8490 Whale Watch Way, replacing it with a 12,700 square foot home comprised of four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an indoor pool. The firm has described the home as an “introverted sculptural structure.”

Francis Parker School / Lake|Flato Architects

00:00 - 9 September, 2011
Francis Parker School / Lake|Flato Architects, ©  Hester + Hardaway Photographers
©  Hester + Hardaway Photographers

© Frank Ooms ©  Hester + Hardaway Photographers ©  Hester + Hardaway Photographers © Frank Ooms + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Architect

    Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project Team

    Greg Papay, FAIA, Brandi Rickels, Betsy Johnson, AIA, Kristin Wiese, AIA, Matt Burton, Brantley Hightower, AIA, LEED AP, Vicki Yuan, LEED AP, Laura Kaupp, AIA, Lewis McNeel, Joe Farren and Jeremy Fields
  • Structural Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer

    Randall Lamb & Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Randall Lamb & Associates
  • Civil Engineer

    RBF Consulting
  • Landscape Architects

    Ivy Landscape Architects
  • Acoustical

    Acoustic Dimensions
  • Construction Manager

    HR Weatherford Company
  • General Contractor

    Rudolph & Sletten
  • Code Consultants

    Schirmer Engineering Corporation
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

2011 Orchids and Onions Competition

04:00 - 12 August, 2011
Courtesy of San Diego Architectural Foundation
Courtesy of San Diego Architectural Foundation

The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) wants to know what you think makes San Diego’s architecture and design blossom – or stink, and is again soliciting public nominations through August 31 for projects to be considered for this year’s Orchids & Onions Awards. All San Diegans are encouraged to take a few moments to have their say about what they view as the good, the bad and the ugly in categories including Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Design, and Miscellaneous; which covers just about everything in-between. By uploading a few photos on the SDAF’s Orchids and Onions website, along with your rationalization, you can be part of cultivating a more thoughtfully designed San Diego. More competition description after the break.

Rita Atkinson Residence / Valerio Dewalt Train Architects

00:00 - 16 May, 2011
Rita Atkinson Residence / Valerio Dewalt Train Architects, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Project Architect

    Tom Daly
  • Project Team

    Anthony Valerio, Alan Barker, Brian Wening
  • Design Principal

    Joseph Valerio
  • Principal In Charge

    Randy Mattheis
  • Area

    226000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Housing & Dining Services Administration Building / Studio E Architects

00:00 - 3 May, 2011
Housing & Dining Services Administration Building / Studio E Architects, © David Hewitt & Anne Garrison
© David Hewitt & Anne Garrison

© David Hewitt & Anne Garrison © David Hewitt & Anne Garrison © David Hewitt & Anne Garrison © David Hewitt & Anne Garrison + 13

San Diego Stadium Master Plan / de bartolo + rimanic design studio and McCullough Landscape Architecture

12:00 - 19 March, 2011
Rendering courtesy Design Subcontracting Company
Rendering courtesy Design Subcontracting Company

Architects de bartolo + rimanic design studio in conjunction with McCullough Landscape Architecture have released their design for a new football stadium in San Diego California. Images with embedded descriptions after the break.

Artist Bridge Studio / Safdie Rabines Architects

00:00 - 28 February, 2011
Artist Bridge Studio / Safdie Rabines Architects, © Undine Pröhl
© Undine Pröhl

© Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl © Undine Pröhl + 5

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Engineer

    Burkett & Wong Engineers
  • Biologist

    Rod Dossey
  • General Contractor

    Dana Cavanaugh-Cavanaugh Construction
  • Area

    800.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment / Safdie Rabines Architects

00:00 - 24 February, 2011
Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment / Safdie Rabines Architects, © Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography
© Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography

© Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography © Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography © Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography © Anne Garrison, David Hewitt Anne Garrison Architectural Photography + 10

Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects

00:00 - 10 July, 2010
Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects

Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects Casa Familia / Kevin deFreitas Architects + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Diego, United States
  • Category

  • Interiors

    Kevin & Kara deFreitas
  • Landscape Architect

    Aerea, Leslie Ryan
  • Structural Engineer

    Envision Engineering, Alex Barajas
  • Builder

    Kevin & Kara deFreitas
  • Area

    9178.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2007

Jonathon Segal Documentary / Breadtruck Films

12:00 - 5 July, 2010

This past week, we’ve featured several of Jeffrey Durkin’s videos, such as Lindsay Brown’s ideas for the SD Waterfront and Miki Iwasaki’s philosophy on furniture design, architecture and society. This video highlights Jonathan Segal, a San Diego developer and architect, who focuses on urban projects such as high-density residence, mixed use, and live/work units.

More about the video after the break.

San Diego Waterfront / Breadtruck Films + Lindsay Brown Studio

10:00 - 1 July, 2010

Jeffrey Durkin, founder of Breadtruck Films, has documented the ongoing efforts of the architect + developer movement to revitalize San Diego’s urban waterfront. In a city where a tree, let alone a patch of grass, is hard to come by, architect Lindsay Brown has proposed a public park along the edge of the city to break the monotonous hardscape of buildings and highways that dominate the area.

More about the design, including renderings from the architect.