Snøhetta continues San Francisco streak with downtown highrise, and the town is talking

(Courtesy Snøhetta/ SCB)

(Courtesy Snøhetta/ SCB)

The momentum continues in San Francisco for the Norwegian firm Snøhetta with a recently-unveiled tower at the corner of the city’s Market Street and Van Ness Avenue. And the project has been garnering some fairly untraditional responses from citizens.

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Eavesdrop> Study shows Angelenos hard up for rent

Eavesdroplet, West
Monday, January 12, 2015
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The Los Angeles skyline. (Mulling it Over / Flickr)

The Los Angeles skyline. (Mulling it Over / Flickr)

Forget about San Francisco being the hardest place to rent in California. According to a story in the New York Times (citing zillow.com), Angelenos spend 47 percent of their income on the median rent. That’s the highest in the country, and significantly higher than San Francisco, which ranks sixth on the list at 40.7 percent. And the problem appears ready to get worse as new supply struggles to keep up with demand in the overcrowded city. Maybe we’ll all have to move to Bakersfield.

Los Angeles and San Francisco make bids to host the 2024 Olympic Games

Conceptual rendering of a revamped LA Coliseum and surrounding Expo Park (Southern California Committee For The Olympic Games)

Conceptual rendering of a revamped LA Coliseum and surrounding Expo Park (Southern California Committee For The Olympic Games)

After hosting the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, Los Angeles is in the hunt to be the Unites States’ candidate to host them again in 2024. Earlier this week the city made a presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee, followed by pitches from Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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New Buildings Institute catalogues the nation’s net-zero buildings

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The Vancouver-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) tracks energy efficient built work, and their 2014 update, “Getting to Zero”, provides a snapshot of the emerging U.S. market for net-zero buildings—those are structures that use no more energy than they can gather on site.

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San Francisco’s Candlestick Park to be replaced by an outlet mall and housing

Architecture, News, Urbanism, West
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Rendering of new retail complex at Candlestick Point. (Lennar)

Rendering of new retail complex at Candlestick Point. (Lennar)

San Francisco’s city center isn’t the only place undergoing unprecedented changes. While the 49ers play out their season in the much warmer (and tech-nerd-friendly) new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, their former home, Candlestick Park, is about to be replaced by an outlet center and residential community.

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Pictorial> Illuminate SF setting San Francisco aglow

Architecture, Art, Lighting, On View, Urbanism, West
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Flaming Lotus Girls, SoMa (Jason Chinn)

Flaming Lotus Girls, SoMa (Jason Chinn)

For the second year, San Francisco Travel (the city’s marketing organization) is organizing Illuminate SF, a two-month series of light art installations around the metropolis. This year’s version, taking place now through the end of the year, features 16 glowing pieces—11 of them permanent—including works by James Turrell, Ned Kahn,Vito Acconci, and James Carpenter. Many are integrated into San Francisco buildings, such as Morphosis’ San Francisco Federal Building, KMD’s SF Public Utilities Commission, the grain elevator at Pier 92, and various terminals at SFO. Cities like Cleveland and New York have held similar festivals in recent years.

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Eavesdrop> Lifting The Veil On So Many Secrets

Eavesdroplet, West
Friday, November 14, 2014
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If Google Doodle's are any clue, Sergi Brin's new house might look something like this. (Courtesy Google)

If Google Doodle’s are any clue, Sergei Brin’s new house might look something like this. (Courtesy Google)

It’s such a shame that we live in areas so full of secrecy. Why won’t Hollywood stars in Los Angeles or tech moguls in San Francisco let architects spread the word about their million dollar houses? Sure we hear dribs and drabs. For instance that Sergei Brin and a major executive at Yahoo! have both commissioned San Francisco architect Olle Lundberg to design their new abodes. But these tidbits are far too infrequent. So we at Eavesdrop are making a plea for you to share gossip on who is designing for the most famous people you can think of. We promise, we won’t divulge our sources. And we won’t partner with Us Weekly. Probably.

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San Francisco’s huge 5M Development releases Environmental Impact Report

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Historic photo of Chronicle Building at Fifth and Mission (Forest City)

Historic photo of Chronicle Building at Fifth and Mission (Forest City)

Forest City has announced that it is moving forward with a plan to build a residential and office complex on four acres around the San Francisco Chronicle building, a 1924 structure located on the corner of 5th and Mission streets in the South of Market (Soma) neighborhood. The developer published the Environmental Impact Report (PDF) for the plan, known as “5M,” last Wednesday and presented it at a public hearing of the city’s Planning Commission this week. The design team for the project includes architect Kohn Pederson Fox, urban designer SiteLab, and historic resources consultant Architectural Resources Group.  Read More

San Francisco legislator proposes solar panels and green roofs for all new buildings

Sustainability, Urbanism, West
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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David Chiu Announces his Solar Vision 2020 initiative next to SF City Hall (David Chiu)

David Chiu announces his Solar Vision 2020 initiative in front of SF City Hall (David Chiu)

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, is proposing legislation to mandate that all new buildings in the city contain solar panels, rooftop gardens, or both. The resolution, called Solar Vision 2020, would form a permanent program (extending the work of the pilot GoSolarSF) to help building owners pay to install solar arrays, set a goal of doubling the city’s solar energy production, and install 2 megawatts–worth of panels on residences citywide each year.

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San Francisco Arts Commission Votes to Remove Diller Scofidio + Renfro Public Art Project

Architecture, Art, News, Newsletter, West
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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In a move that has angered critics and scholars, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) voted at its meeting on September 8 to remove the artwork, Facsimile, from the facade of the Moscone Center West. The move seals the fate of a project that began in 1996, when architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio defeated a pool of 62 applicants including Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, and Nam June Paik for the site-specific project on the surface of the convention center in downtown San Francisco.

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On View> “Home: My San Francisco” traces domestic space and identity

On View, West
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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(John Fulker / Courtesy West Vancouver Museum)

(John Fulker / Courtesy West Vancouver Museum)

Home: My San Francisco
AIA San Francisco Center For Architecture + Design Gallery
San Francisco
Through October 31

Home: My San Francisco is an exhibition designed by Julie Blankenship in collaboration with photographer Julie Sadowski examining the rapidly evolving design of domestic space in response to changing views of identity, family, work, life, technology, and sustainability. The show captures the narrative environments contained within the city’s indoor and built environments through photographs, supplemented with an online collection of images, interviews with residents, architectural drawings, and texts.

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Eavesdrop> West Coast Odds and Ends

Eavesdroplet, West
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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SOM's massive Park Merced development in San Francisco. (Courtesy SOM)

SOM’s massive Park Merced development in San Francisco. (Courtesy SOM)

In one of the few towns where the AIA has serious pull, the AIA San Francisco has named Jennifer Jones as its new Executive Director. Longtime HMC principal Kate Diamond has left her position and is looking for a new job. While it pales in comparison to the news that AECOM has merged with URS, forming the biggest firm in the galaxy, WSP has bought “global design giant” Parsons Brinckerhoff for $1.35 billion. That’s no joke either. Finally, after more than six years of waiting, SOM has begun work on its massive redevelopment of the WWII-era housing development, Park Merced. In San Francisco that’s like waiting for fifteen minutes.

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