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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets

Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets

San Francisco recently played host to a 3-day explosion of interactive street art and urban interventions along Market Street, a major boulevard through the downtown. The "Market Street Prototyping

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In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

In California, new seismic evidence now points to strongest earthquake potential yet

As if California needed more bad news, amidst a drought of unprecedented proportions, new research has revealed the state could be in for a massively destructive earthquake. According to Phys.org,

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

Right outside of a popular coffee shop in San Francisco’s Mission District, passersby might be surprised to see what looks like a wooden shipwreck washed ashore on the curb. Parklets, the tiny urban

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Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Even though urban gardens offer many benefits, competition for space in cities is intense. Enterprising San Francisco neighborhood activist Amy Farah Weiss, who heads up community organization Neighbors

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She’s a brick (guest) house… but she used to be a laundry room

She’s a brick (guest) house… but she used to be a laundry room

The brick guesthouse measures just 8' 2" x 11' 6" feet, or approximately 93 square feet. The guesthouse may be small, but it has enough space to include a full kitchen tucked along the back wall. The

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

The Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service oversaw the seven-month long Presidio Parklands design competition, which sought conceptual ideas on reintegrating

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Levi’s Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

Levi’s Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

Back in November, Levi Strauss teamed up with the San Francisco 49ers to collect unwanted used jeans to donate to Goodwill. Before the jeans were donated, however, the partnership called in Bay Area

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism

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Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

At the time of its foreclosure in 2011, the property had three separate structures on the lot: a garage, a middle studio, and a rear residence, with not-to-code former renovations. Inspired by homes in

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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San Francisco’s The Bold Italic Launches The Sum Conference

San Francisco’s The Bold Italic Launches The Sum Conference

San Francisco-based The Bold Italic, a web publication, events producer, online shop, and creative services studio, is presenting The Sum, its first annual two-day creative conference, on November 6th and

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VIDEO: Stanford Team Successfully Tests Earthquake-Resistant House

VIDEO: Stanford Team Successfully Tests Earthquake-Resistant House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z30rcg3buuw A team of Stanford engineers have built and tested an earthquake-resistant house that sits on top of sliding "isolators" to ride out tremors. The test

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George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

The lower level of the house remains bunker-like, emerging from the site like a pedestal for the main upper level that is reached by an exterior steel and concrete staircase leading to the large-scale

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Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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Sightglass Coffee Opens Daylight-Filled Neighborhood Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District

Sightglass Coffee Opens Daylight-Filled Neighborhood Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District

Sightglass' new coffeehouse set the tone for the exciting experiential architecture theme we saw throughout this year’s AIASF annual Architecture and the City Festival. Architects Seth Boor and Anand

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Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

The five landscape architecture firms presented their designs at a public meeting in the Presidio last week, whereupon the project kicked off its "Imagine Phase," which invites the public to submit their

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - it's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design

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Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

An earthquake early warning system for California was finalized two years ago and passed into law last year, but it has not yet been implemented pending funding. Given that estimates of the cost of last

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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San Francisco’s Burrows Street Pocket Park Opens to the Public!

San Francisco’s Burrows Street Pocket Park Opens to the Public!

We first reported on the Burrows Street Pocket Park last October when work was about to begin - and now that it's complete we have to say that we're impressed with the results! The park is the result of

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Watch Artist Jason Jagel Transform a Blighted San Francisco Block into a Vibrant Pocket Park

Watch Artist Jason Jagel Transform a Blighted San Francisco Block into a Vibrant Pocket Park

Last year, we reported on an exciting partnership between the Lincoln Reimagine Project, Architecture for Humanity, and Architectural Digest to transform a blighted San Francisco block into a vibrant

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Foster + Partners Reveal First Images of San Francisco’s Transbay First and Mission Towers

Foster + Partners Reveal First Images of San Francisco’s Transbay First and Mission Towers

Foster + Partners just unveiled the first images of the pair of skyscrapers they've designed for San Francisco's Transbay Terminal area. The two towers were designed in partnership with local firm Heller

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down - and the Transbay

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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