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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

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

Apple's Steve Jobs Theater Set to Take Center Stage Ahead of New Product Launch

12:00 - 8 September, 2017

Ahead of the official launch of the Steve Jobs Theater, a 1000-capacity auditorium at the heart of the new Apple Campus in Cupertino, California, new details about its design and construction have been revealed. According to Bloomberg, the entrance to the venue stands beneath “a silver disc,” whose supporting—and structural—glazed panels lend it the appearance of floating 20 feet above ground.

In Situ / Aidlin Darling Design

20:00 - 2 September, 2017
In Situ / Aidlin Darling Design, © Matthew Millman
© Matthew Millman

© Alanna Hale © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman © Matthew Millman + 13

Call for Entries - Student Design Competition: New San Francisco Federal Building Plaza

19:30 - 31 August, 2017
Call for Entries - Student Design Competition: New San Francisco Federal Building Plaza, Photo of the 90 7th street plaza. Photo credit: Tim Griffith
Photo of the 90 7th street plaza. Photo credit: Tim Griffith

Continuing a legacy of outstanding public architecture, the General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program seeks to commission our nation’s most talented designers and artists to design federal buildings of outstanding quality and value. These projects are to demonstrate the value of true integrated design that balances aesthetics, cost, constructability, and reliability; create environmentally responsible and superior workplaces for civilian federal employees; and give contemporary form and meaning to our democratic values.

Patrick Vale Draws Stunning Panoramic View of San Francisco in New Mural

08:00 - 21 August, 2017

London-based artist, illustrator, and animator Patrick Vale, known for his panoramic drawings of cities, completed another complex mural at design company IDEO’s studio in San Francisco, California. Vale’s time-lapse videos such as “Empire State of Pen” and his drawing of Manhattan, show the process of creating his detailed illustrations that take from several hours to months to complete. Vale spent 13 days at the downtown San Francisco office to complete the drawing. 

Bay Area Metro Center / Perkins+Will

17:00 - 16 August, 2017
Bay Area Metro Center / Perkins+Will, © Blake Marvin Photography
© Blake Marvin Photography

Studio Dental / Montalba Architects

15:00 - 3 August, 2017
Studio Dental / Montalba Architects, © Kevin Scott
© Kevin Scott

© Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott © Kevin Scott + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    David Montalba
  • Area

    1800.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Engineers Have a Solution for San Francisco's Sinking Millennium Tower

16:00 - 28 July, 2017
Engineers Have a Solution for San Francisco's Sinking Millennium Tower, Image via Wikimedia. Photo by Wikimedia user Hydrogen Iodide in public domain.
Image via Wikimedia. Photo by Wikimedia user Hydrogen Iodide in public domain.

As reports have emerged that San Francisco’s infamous sinking skyscraper, the Millennium Tower, is continuing to settle downward, engineers from LERA and DeSimone Consulting have unveiled a potential fix for the building’s woes.

Since construction began in 2005, the 58-story luxury condominium tower has sank approximately 17 inches downward and while leaning 14 inches to the North. And according to a new report from Arup Ground, the issue doesn’t appear to be resolving itself anytime soon: in the past 7 months alone, the building has sunk an additional inch and tilted a further two inches, causing cracking in the building to worsen.

Triggered to action, developer Millennium Partners brought in LERA and DeSimone to devise a solution that would return the building to its original siting and secure it against sinking, all while allowing the building to continue operating through the repair process.