Growing Tall and Going Big: San Francisco studied density bonuses to generate affordable housing

Development, West
Monday, August 31, 2015
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San Francisco (gags9999)

San Francisco (gags9999/Flickr)

This Fall, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal made by the city’s Planning Department concerning the possibility of “relaxing” height and density limits for many of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods. If enacted, the program expects to transform some of San Francisco’s uninhabited residences and unused space into affordable housing units for newcomers.

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Gehry Partners presents preliminary Los Angeles River study, not master plan

Gehry Partners is using a LIDAR unit by Trimble to create a 3-D model of the L.A. River (Courtesy of Gehry Partners)

Gehry Partners is using a LIDAR unit by Trimble to create a 3-D model of the L.A. River (Courtesy of Gehry Partners)

“This is not a master plan,” said Omar Brownson, executive director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) at an event to introduce members of the press to the work underway by Gehry Partners on the Los Angeles River. The news earlier this month that Frank Gehry was spearheading a new master plan for the river drew surprised and mixed responses from design, development, and landscape communities near and far. Read More

Eavesdrop> Holl-y Moly: Could there be a ballet about Steven Holl at the Chicago Architecture Biennial?

Eavesdroplet, National
Friday, August 28, 2015
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Steven Holl. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Chicago Biennial will not be short on architectural morsels, but the most delicious one could well be “a ballet about Steven Holl,” which sources tell AN will be held in a local theater. What exactly a “ballet about Steven Holl” means we are unsure, but here’s hoping that it stars Robert de Niro (a Holl doppelgänger) in his biggest dance role since his infamous “Twinkle Toes Shakespeare” role in Stardust (2007).

The Facades+ conference digs into Miami architecture this September

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

The acclaimed Facades+ conference series is coming to Miami September 10-11. (Daniel Chodusov / Flickr)

Facades+, the premier conference on high performance building envelopes, stands out as an exception to the rule of generic meet-and-greets.

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This dying mall in Silicon Valley will be reborn with a 30-acre blanket of green roofs including a vineyard, orchard, and walking trails

(Courtesy San Hill Property Co.)

(Courtesy San Hill Property Co.)

Green roofs these days are the new blacktops. And just when you thought they couldn’t get any bigger, there are now plans to build a 30-acre park blanketing a mixed-use, $3 billion development in Cupertino, California. Right now, the site is the dying Vallco Shopping Mall.

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On View> “Some Views of Triumphal Arches” by James Michael Tate

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Friday, August 28, 2015
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(Courtesy University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)

Los Angeles–based architect James Michael Tate will offer a “speculative investigation” of one of architecture’s most enduring forms at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, titled Some Views of Triumphal Arches.

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KVA Brings Digital Brick to Harvard

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As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

Old and new technologies combine in renovated anthropology building.

Tasked with transforming Harvard‘s 1971 Tozzer Library into a new home for the university’s Anthropology Department, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) faced a unique set of challenges. Read More

New York City Mayor De Blasio and Cardinal Dolan working on plan for affordable housing on church properties

Development, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had some face-to-face time with Cardinal Timothy Dolan this week, and among the topics the duo discussed was affordable housing. In a city of nosebleed-inducing housing prices, Dolan said creating and maintaining affordable housing was “God’s work,” according to AM New York.

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Just in! These 12 architecture firms will work on the 2016 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Architecture, Awards, International, Urbanism
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Us Pavilion at Venice Biennale. (Bill Menking)

U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. (Bill Menking)

Winners have been announced for the United States Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The exhibition is titled The Architectural Imagination, and will explore the possibilities of Detroit as a laboratory for “the innovative power of architecture.”

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SO-IL’s design for this ambitious art gallery in Brooklyn responds to the neighborhood’s industrial past

Architecture, East
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy SO-IL)

Brooklyn-based architecture firm SO-IL is adding to its portfolio of art galleries. Slated to open in 2017, Artes Amant will house 14,250 square feet of exhibition, storage, and studio spaces behind its confident concrete facade.

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Video> Zaha Hadid battles for her Tokyo Olympics Stadium project

Architecture, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

In an attempt to salvage the now-scrubbed project, Zaha Hadid has released a new video in defense of  her firm’s design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Stadium. The film presents a robust—albeit familiar—argument for the reinstatement of the building. Once the bona fides of the project team (which includes Arup Sports) are revisited and a sensitivity to Japanese culture is declared, the oblique blame game begins.

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British street artist Banksy’s morbid amusement park Dismaland opens in the UK, drips with sarcasm

Art, Design, International
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Dismaland)

(Courtesy Dismaland)

Anonymous street artist Banksy’s top-secret amusement park has opened at an abandoned British seaside resort at Weston-super-Mare, UK. Billed a “bemusement park,” and designed to drip with irony, the pop-up exhibition is built by a lido that has been derelict since 2000.

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