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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 While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards.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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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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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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BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

The Chinese brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group (BFCG) is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in the groundbreaking bi-coastal industrial design studio Fuseproject headed by Yves Béhar.

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Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

Levi’s Stadium achieved LEED certification for its practical and sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Measures include

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Olle Lundberg Combines Raw Steel and Salvaged Cypress in James Beard-Winning Slanted Door Restaurant

Olle Lundberg Combines Raw Steel and Salvaged Cypress in James Beard-Winning Slanted Door Restaurant

Completed in 2004, the contemporary Slanted Door restaurant has developed into one of San Francisco's most popular and highest-grossing dining destinations, as evidenced by its 2014 James Beard award.

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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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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more

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Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates also designed Adobe's Customer Experience Center and Work Anyplace space in San Jose. Their latest project for Adobe at 410 Townsend in Mission Bay works off the same

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CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

The Palo Alto prefab is located on a small lot near Stanford University and replaces an older home. Primarily constructed off site in the Irontown Homes prefab factory in Utah, the modules were then

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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San Francisco Woman Found Living With 300 Rats that She Breeds and Releases in Parks

San Francisco Woman Found Living With 300 Rats that She Breeds and Releases in Parks

San Francisco police recently found a woman living in a small room with 300 rats – and there’s not much they can do about it. The 43-year-old woman known as Erica J., or more colorfully as “Rat

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation - but just how high have rents

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Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

What’s a bored city dweller to tip over when there aren't any cows around? Smart cars, of course. The act of tipping Smart cars became notorious after a Facebook page surfaced in 2011 showing Smart

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San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco's Castro district has long been famous for its vibrant LGBT community, its commitment to civil rights, and its fabulous festivals. Last week, a spokeswoman from the Castro/Upper Market

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