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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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Will Google launch a ride-share app using self-driving cabs?

Will Google launch a ride-share app using self-driving cabs?

photo Uber has been getting into a lot of trouble lately, but nothing the company has faced to this point will be as ferocious as the competition the taxi-like service could get from Google in the

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No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

No rain in San Francisco for first January in 165 years

  There are a lot of songs about California weather, but songwriters will have to come up with a new tune to mark the auspicious absence of rain in San Francisco this January. For the first time

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Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying areas. The

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Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

Ford has announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which will help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large

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300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

300 Ivy Street is a mixed-use block of pedestrian-friendly living

The mixed-used 300 Ivy Street development in San Francisco aims to return space to the public realm and create the comfortable, human-scaled edges. Designed by David Baker Architects, the development

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity, the international nonprofit that addresses global humanitarian problems with sustainable architectural solutions, recently shut down its San Francisco headquarters. The

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army men toys swap guns for yoga mats

Yoga Joes: Classic Army men toys swap guns for yoga mats

Kids everywhere can now make sun salutations, not war. These cool Army men figures are an updated version of the classic, with yoga mats instead of guns and grenades. The result of a successful

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Habitat Horticulture completes largest indoor living wall in California

Habitat Horticulture completes largest indoor living wall in California

Designed by Habitat Horticulture's David Brenner, the Foundry Square III's lush green space spans two living walls. The first wall comprises 1,426 square feet of monochromatic greenery planted with

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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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Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as ‘insane’ – but he means it in a good way!

The head of the UCLA-based design program developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop high-speed transport concept has described the project as "insane" and "pure science fiction," but only in the most positive

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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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San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a

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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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Lyft and Uber Can Now Legally Give You a Ride to San Francisco International Airport

Lyft and Uber Can Now Legally Give You a Ride to San Francisco International Airport

Lyft and Uber can now legally pick you up or drop you off at San Francisco's International Airport as both companies have just signed a new agreement with the airport. This is big news since prior to the

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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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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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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom, however its paper

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police placed under house

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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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San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type of

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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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