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HASSELL Envisions a Restorative Redesign For San Francisco's Crumbling Waterfront

06:00 - 18 November, 2018
HASSELL Envisions a Restorative Redesign For San Francisco's Crumbling Waterfront , Courtesy of HASSELL
Courtesy of HASSELL

With its historic but dilapidated waterfront, San Francisco has decided to restore the shoreline that could greatly influence the future of the city both environmentally and economically. The Port, contemplating between a piecemeal rebuilding pier-by-pier and a singular comprehensive construction of the waterfront, invited architecture and landscape firms to submit the reimagined proposals.

Global design firm HASSELL, known for their innovative recreational projects, envisioned an approach to preserve the significant history and culture of the pier while creating a sustainable green corridor in a playful manner. In order to activate the Embarcadero as an "interconnected greenway," HASSELL plans on developing the ecological areas along the waterfront as well as improving the accessibility between the recreational land with the surrounding transit hubs.

Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL + 12

The Austin / Edmonds + Lee Architects

19:00 - 19 October, 2018
The Austin / Edmonds + Lee Architects, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Lead Interior Designers

    Edmonds + Lee Architects
  • Other participants

    BDE
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Dr. George W. Davis Senior Residence and Senior Center / David Baker Architects

12:00 - 12 October, 2018
Dr. George W. Davis Senior Residence and Senior Center / David Baker Architects, © Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Interior Architecture

    Gelfand Partners Architects
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

CANOPY Jackson Square / M-PROJECTS

19:00 - 10 October, 2018
CANOPY Jackson Square / M-PROJECTS, © Joe Fletcher
© Joe Fletcher

© Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher © Joe Fletcher + 44

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Amir Mortazavi of M-Projects
  • Other participants

    Steve Mohebi
  • Area

    13000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Adobe Town Hall / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

17:00 - 1 October, 2018
Adobe Town Hall / Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, © Jasper Sanidad
© Jasper Sanidad

© Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad © Jasper Sanidad + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Lead Architects

    William Turner, Matthew Gamache, Dana Stiernberg, Olivia Calalo, Mojdeh Kasraie
  • Other participants

    Media Objectives at Valerio Dewalt Train (Branding and Experiential Graphic Design), Novo Construction (General Contractor), WBE (Electrical Contractor), Anderson, Rowe & Buckley, Inc. (Mechanical Contractor)
  • Area

    34000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Call for Entries: 2019 Lyceum Fellowship - A Sancturary

10:05 - 28 September, 2018
Call for Entries: 2019 Lyceum Fellowship - A Sancturary, 2019 Lyceum Fellowship Poster by Skolos + Wedell
2019 Lyceum Fellowship Poster by Skolos + Wedell

Competition Brief

The United States is a country of immigrants with a long history of receiving new arrivals. In 1886, the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” was officially unveiled, and between 1892 and 1954 the Ellis Island Immigration Station processed 12 million immigrants in New York City alone.

Angel Island, in the San Francisco Bay, was home to the West Coast Immigration Station, which was built in 1905. Unlike Ellis Island, new arrivals were housed in barracks on the island under very difficult conditions, some for extended periods of time. Until the station’s closure in 1940, the island was seen as

Scenic Advisement Offices / Feldman Architecture

15:00 - 11 September, 2018
Scenic Advisement Offices / Feldman Architecture, © Adam Rouse Photography
© Adam Rouse Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Design Team

    Taisuke Ikegami, Lindsey Theobald, Nick Polansky, Humbeen Geo
  • Lighting Design

    Techlinea Lighting + Integration Design
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine

06:00 - 31 August, 2018
The Top 10 Inspirational Design Cities of 2018, As Revealed by Metropolis Magazine, Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower
Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde. ImageStudio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Tower

In Metropolis Magazine's latest - and last - installment in their annual design cities review, the focus is not on output or culture but on cities themselves as the point of inspiration. For the designers surveyed, these were the cities that made their hearts beat a little faster; the ones that remained in their minds and wormed their way into their work.

Salesforce Transit Center / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

22:00 - 29 August, 2018
Courtesy of Steelblue
Courtesy of Steelblue

© Tim Griffith © Vittoria Zupicich © Vittoria Zupicich © Kyle Jeffers + 8

Peninsula Addition / Michael Hennessey Architecture

17:00 - 29 August, 2018
© Adam Rouse
© Adam Rouse

© Adam Rouse © Adam Rouse © Adam Rouse © Adam Rouse + 13

Under Armour Connected Fitness / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

20:00 - 21 August, 2018
Under Armour Connected Fitness / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Architect

    Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Design Team

    Gregory Mottola, Douglas Speckhard, Reuben Alt, Sandy Lam, Helene Gregoire, Nicholas Backal
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

Studio Gang Reveals Twisting High-Rise MIRA Tower for San Francisco

12:00 - 21 August, 2018
Studio Gang Reveals Twisting High-Rise MIRA Tower for San Francisco , © Studio Gang and Binyan
© Studio Gang and Binyan

Studio Gang has released images of their proposed high-rise MIRA residential scheme in the heart of San Francisco. Currently under construction, the 400-foot-tall tower will contain almost 400 residential units when completed, 40% of which will be below market rate.

The scheme's design is centered on the evolution of the bay window element, a feature common to San Francisco’s early houses. The bay window is reimagined in a high-rise context, twisting across the full height of the tower to offer views across the city.

© Studio Gang and Binyan © Studio Gang © Studio Gang and Binyan © Studio Gang + 6

Cut Out House / Fougeron Architecture

20:00 - 5 August, 2018
Cut Out House / Fougeron Architecture, © Joe Fletcher Photography
© Joe Fletcher Photography

© Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography © Joe Fletcher Photography + 31

The Engineering Behind San Francisco's Safest Building

09:30 - 28 July, 2018
The Engineering Behind San Francisco's Safest Building, For 181 Fremont, Arup’s radical move was to do away with plans for a tuned mass damper or a sloshing damper on the skyscraper’s roof—common features in tall towers in the U.S. for reducing the natural sway of buildings. Neither damper style goes very far in protecting a building against seismic force, says Ibbi Almufti of Arup. Image Courtesy of Kevin Chu/KCJP
For 181 Fremont, Arup’s radical move was to do away with plans for a tuned mass damper or a sloshing damper on the skyscraper’s roof—common features in tall towers in the U.S. for reducing the natural sway of buildings. Neither damper style goes very far in protecting a building against seismic force, says Ibbi Almufti of Arup. Image Courtesy of Kevin Chu/KCJP

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "The Skyscraper's Innovative Structure is Changing the Game for Earthquake Design".

The most remarkable thing about 181 Fremont—San Francisco’s third-tallest tower, designed by Heller Manus Architects—is not the penthouse’s asking price ($42 million). Rather, it’s an innovative yet unglamorous structural detail: a viscous damper system that far exceeds California Code earthquake-performance objectives for buildings of 181 Fremont’s class, allowing immediate reoccupation after a seismic event.

Blue Bottle South Park / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

17:00 - 26 July, 2018
Blue Bottle South Park / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
  • Principal

    Greg Mottola, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Christopher Orsega, AIA
  • Designer

    Alex Gregor
  • Area

    1200.0 ft2
  • Photographs

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 BIG, Mithun 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