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


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.

More after the jump.

Fight over how to use Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts reflects San Francisco tensions


1930 postcard of the Palace of Fine Arts designed by Bernard Maybeck. (Boston Public Library/ Flickr)

A battle is brewing in San Francisco’s Marina District over the fate of the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda and the adjacent structure that formerly housed the Exploratorium.
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Celebrating Architectural League Emerging Voices

Monday, November 2, 2015
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public
Reception and book signing to follow discussion
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Since 1982, the Architectural League of New York has sponsored Emerging Voices, a juried lecture series recognizing architects, landscape architects, and urban designers whose distinctive voices promise to influence the field of architecture.

This year, the League published 30 Years of Emerging Voices, a survey of honorees with essays interpreting the transformations in architectural discourse, design, and practice that this roster reveals.

Join the conversation by attending this panel discussion featuring principals from all of the Emerging Voices firms currently practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thirteen leading architects and landscape architects will share their current visions for the field and reflect on their practice trajectories in a conversation moderated by Allison Arieff, editorial director at SPUR, and featuring the League’s executive director, Rosalie Genevro, and Emerging Voices program director, Anne Rieselbach.

The presenters, many of whom teach at CCA, UC Berkeley, and other schools, are founding principals of some of the Bay Area’s most distinguished practices: Anderson Anderson Architecture, Faulders Studio, Fernau & Hartman Architects, Guthrie + Buresh Architects, Iwamoto Scott, Kuth Ranieri Architects, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects,Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Pfau Long Architecture, Rael San Fratello, Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc., SurfaceDesign Inc., and VeeV Design.

Take a tour inside Snøhetta’s SFMOMA before it opens in May 2016

SFMOMA (Gregory Hurcomb)

SFMOMA (Gregory Hurcomb)

“The building is not static—it is designed to gracefully mature over time as life and art move forward together,” said Snøhetta’s Craig Dykers poetically wrapped up his opening remarks at the pre-launch event of their heralded new addition to the SFMOMA, which is slated to open May 14, 2016.

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First renderings revealed for SOM’s San Francisco 1500 Mission residential tower [UPDATE]

Architecture, Development, West
Monday, October 26, 2015
Exterior Rendering (Courtesy SOM)

Exterior Rendering (Courtesy SOM)

With backing from developers Related California, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is moving forward with a new residential tower project at 1500 Mission Street and South Van Ness in the Bay Area of San Francisco.

View the first renderings after the jump.

On View> SPUR Urban Center Gallery presents VENUE

Architecture, On View, West
Monday, October 12, 2015
(Noah Christman)

(Noah Christman)

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco
Through October 21

The product of an enviable 16-month-long road trip across the United States, VENUE is the documentation of a series of sites from around the country that are not always considered when surveying architecture and design.

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On View> Architecture & Design Films showcased in San Francisco Festival

Architecture, Design, Media, On View, West
Tuesday, October 6, 2015


All month the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) will present its Architecture & Design Films Showcase 2015 in downtown San Francisco, hailed as the West Coast’s largest showcase of architecture and design films.

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Boston considers supply-and-demand logic to price parking in prime areas

Congestion has always been an issue in Boston: traffic on the Harvard Bridge, 1923 (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Congestion has always been an issue in Boston: traffic on the Harvard Bridge, 1923 (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Boston-area drivers spend too much time stuck in traffic. To combat congestion in the city center, Boston city officials may follow San Francisco’s move to improve traffic flow by charging more for parking at peak times.

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Q+A> Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher: Behind the scenes at SFMOMA’s architecture and design department

Architecture, Q+A, Technology, West
Monday, September 28, 2015
(Courtesy Snøhetta)

(Courtesy Snøhetta)

Although the Snøhetta-designed SFMOMA expansion won’t open until mid-2016, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Earlier this month the museum promoted Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher to the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design and head of the Department of Architecture and Design. Dunlop Fletcher (who joined the museum as an assistant curator in 2007) co-curated the impressive Lebbeus Woods, Architect exhibition in 2013. AN spoke to her about the future of architecture and design in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Read the interview after the jump.

This mapping tool shows the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area

City Terrain, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The MaestraPeace Mural in San Francisco's Mission District, one of the zones most affected by displacement (Courtesy Wally Gobetz)

The Maestra Peace Mural in San Francisco’s Mission District, one of the zones experiencing the most residential displacement (Wally Gobetz / Flickr)

Researchers at UCLA and the UC-Berkeley are mapping neighborhood change in the Bay Area. The Urban Displacement Project uses government housing, land use, transportation, and Census data from 1990–2013 to find markers that represent turnover in housing, demographic shifts, and new investment.

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

Development, West
Monday, August 31, 2015
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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Kreysler & Associates Erects an FRP First in San Francisco

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The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

Wave-like composite facade animates SFMOMA expansion.

While visually interesting, the primary facade of the SFMOMA expansion (Snøhetta with associate architect EHDD) was not originally designed to pioneer a new material system. Read More

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