WRNS Studio to expand Microsoft headquarters in Mountain View with green roof, creekside habitat

A field of green for Microsoft's campus overhaul and expansion. (Steelblue/ WRNS Studio)

A field of green for Microsoft’s campus overhaul and expansion. (WRNS Studio / Rendering SteelBlue)

Last week Microsoft submitted plans to the city of Mountain View to expand its Silicon Valley headquarters. As with Apple’s upcoming building and Google’s proposed campus, this one is also pastoral and eco-minded. A rendering by shows the low-rise office buildings enmeshed in a riparian landscape and topped by an expanse of verdant meadow.

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On View> Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971

On View, West
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
California Historical Society
678 Mission St., San Francisco
Through May 1

From January 21 to May 1, the California Historical Society will exhibit archival documentation of Experiments in Environment, a series of cross-disciplinary workshops organized by Postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin during the summers of 1966–1971 in northern California.

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Facades pro Hagy Belzberg to architects: bring engineers on board sooner

Belzberg Architects' Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Belzberg Architects’ Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Architects have long relied on engineers to help execute formally or functionally complex concepts. But, as Belzberg Architects founder Hagy Belzberg points out, “architects usually work out a schematic design” in response to a client’s needs, “only later to invite the engineer to help substantiate their idea.”

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Seismic hot spots and facade design: Experts explain the risks and rewards

Aftermath of a 1994 earthquake. (David Butow/Corbis via Flickr)

Aftermath of a 1994 earthquake. (David Butow/Corbis via Flickr)

Southern California‘s enviable climate and landscape—sunny skies, balmy temperatures, picturesque mountains, and surfer-friendly beaches—come at a geological cost: proximity to active earthquake faults.

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All you need to know about Building Enclosure Commissioning: Stevan Vinci on adding value with BECx

Building envelope testing. (Courtesy Stevan Vinci)

Building envelope testing. (Courtesy Stevan Vinci)

As Morrison Hershfield‘s Building Enclosure Commissioning Practice Lead, principal Stevan Vinci hears one question again and again: “The design team has an envelope consultant. What’s the point of having a BECx authority on project?”

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Wright’s Sturges House up for auction in Los Angeles

Architecture, Art, West
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Selma and George Sturges residence to be auctioned off on February 21. (Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Selma and George Sturges residence to be auctioned off on February 21. (Courtesy Los Angeles Modern Auctions)

It’s the beginning of a bad joke: Superman, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andy Warhol walk into a bar…. The truth of their commonalities is more a consequence of history than humor. Wright’s 1939 Sturges House in Brentwood is up for auction and Jack Larson, the last owner of the residence, played cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the TV series Adventures of Superman in the 1950s. Read More

Eric Owen Moss explores the origins of innovation in architecture

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects. (Tom Bonner)

Pterodactyl by Eric Owen Moss Architects (Courtesy Tom Bonner)

Eric Owen Moss, principal and lead designer of Eric Owen Moss Architects, has spent decades in the metaphorical trenches of architectural practice. But when he speaks about truly innovative design, he harkens back to the literal trenches of World War I, where German architect Erich Mendelsohn sketched his Einstein Tower, later built in Potsdam. “Mendelsohn was drawing something that no one else was drawing,” explains Moss, who will deliver the afternoon keynote address at the upcoming Facades+ LA conference. “It was unique to him and his time and place.” Read More

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter shares lessons learned through teaching architecture

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter served as consultant on DoSu Studio Architecture's Bloom, M&A Gallery. Doris Sung, Principal; Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer. (Brandon Shigeta)

Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter served as consultant on DoSu Studio Architecture’s Bloom, M&A Gallery. Doris Sung, Principal; Matthew Melnyk, structural engineer. (Brandon Shigeta)

For Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, associate dean at Woodbury University School of Architecture, director of  WUHO Gallery, and co-founder of [WROAD], architectural practice and education are inextricably intertwined.

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Conference co-chairs preview Facades+ Los Angeles 2016

Facades+ returns to Los Angeles January 28-9. (Neil Kremer / Flickr)

Facades+ returns to Los Angeles January 28-9. (Neil Kremer / Flickr)

Facades+ Los Angeles co-chairs Kevin Kavanagh and Alexander Korter hope to shake things up when the acclaimed conference series returns to Southern California in January.

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Eavesdrop> The Subtleties of Logic: Is Herzog & de Meuron designing in the Los Angeles Arts District?

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

(Tommy Wooh / Flickr)

Is Los Angeles going to get another bit of Swiss subtlety? Forget the Zumthor debates over on Miracle Mile, whispers in the wind suggest a Herzog & de Meuron mixed-use complex in the Arts District is in early planning stages.

From Placemaking to Social Media: Takeaways from AIA San Francisco’s NEXT Conference

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The NEXT Conference, sponsored by the AIA San Francisco, just concluded its first year, and The Architect’s Newspaper was there moderating two panels. Day one convened in a historic bayside dock transformed into a children’s Exploratorium. We moderated a session on the urban planning concept of “Placemaking” that featured David Burney, Jennifer Wolch, and two “makers,” Anisha Gade and Sue Mark of the firm Marksearch.

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Eavesdrop> Eric’s Waffle House: Fancy restaurant could fill Eric Owen Moss’ Waffle Building

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, November 20, 2015
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The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

The Waffle. (Courtesy Eric Owen Moss)

A prominent Los Angeles foodie with a taste for architecture tipped us off that Eric Owen Mosssteel-wrapped Waffle building would soon be the home of a new restaurant. But don’t expect any breakfast items on the menu. We’re told that the plan is for a high-end, 24-seat chef’s table–style joint. Ask the sommelier for the corkage fee on BYO-syrup.

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