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Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

When Judah Schiller discovered that the new portion of the Bay Bridge bike path in San Francisco would only go halfway across, he decided to adapt his own bike to get to work - on water! With previous

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Cary Bernstein Transforms a 1940s San Francisco Bungalow into a Modern, Light-Filled Home

Cary Bernstein Transforms a 1940s San Francisco Bungalow into a Modern, Light-Filled Home

Tourists are unlikely to stumble upon Glen Park. There's an aura of seclusion in the small San Francisco neighborhood, and that feeling extends to the Hill House, a new renovation project completed by

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Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

This is the first time Stanford University has competed in the Solar Decathlon competition and is one of 20 teams who will test their smart home design in Irvine, California this fall. Their goal isn't to

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

Whale and commercial ship collisions are a tragic side effect of global shipping, but a new app called Whale Spotter has been designed to arrest such occurrences. In the busy ports of the San Francisco

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Urban Putt to Launch Indoor Miniature Golf Course in San Francisco’s Mission District [PHOTOS]

Urban Putt to Launch Indoor Miniature Golf Course in San Francisco’s Mission District [PHOTOS]

This past weekend Urban Putt opened its doors so that visitors could tour the building, which is a former mortuary that has been vacant for more than a decade. Fox and his team of designers and builders

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The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

After paying for tuition, books and accommodation throughout college, the word "free" sounds like sweet music to the ears of any student. The FreeBike Project not only allow students on campuses across

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D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

Seismic Harvest is a proposed energy-efficient green belt above a freeway near San Francisco that combines wind, solar energy and train vibration to generate enough energy required for farming. It

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HighLink: Green Promenade Turns San Francisco’s 280 Freeway into a Vibrant Urban Gateway

HighLink: Green Promenade Turns San Francisco’s 280 Freeway into a Vibrant Urban Gateway

The HighLink is a proposed pedestrian promenade and recreational space that would turn a section of San Francisco's 280 Freeway into a vibrant new urban gateway. Chosen as one of the winning projects for

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Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! We're excited to announce the launch of one of our favorite annual events - the AIA SF Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an

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Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

San Francisco's launch of Bay Area Bike Share has pushed the United States bicycle sharing fleet above 18,000, more than double the number of bikes in service since the beginning of the year. Bay Area

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the "Rim Fire" blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress

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State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

As the 200 square mile 'Rim Fire' continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park, Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the

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Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy is a world-renowned artist, known for constructing complex and elaborate site-specific sculptures from natural materials. He has produced works using everything from icicles and mud to

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Photo via Shutterstock When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, few expect there to be so many families living in the California tech center that are going hungry each night. Yet

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

Photo via Shutterstock Last summer, the San Francisco Planning Department announced plans to create four different types of "eco-districts" within the city that would lower greenhouse gas emissions and

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Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

Chad Wright is a native of California, where one can find many sprawling subdivisions. "I was raised in Orange County—a sprawling suburb of Southern California built by disciples of Levittown. We lived

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San Francisco to Launch Bike-Sharing Pilot Program this Summer

San Francisco to Launch Bike-Sharing Pilot Program this Summer

When transit watchers look back on 2013, they'll remember it as the year of the bike share. Last month, the country watched as New York rolled out Citi Bike to much fanfare (and plenty of grumbling).

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Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated it's 75th year anniversary in 2012 and as part of the celebrations, the Golden Gate District and National Parks Conservancy rallied together to improve the facilities

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Snøhetta-Designed SFMOMA Expansion Breaks Ground Today

Snøhetta-Designed SFMOMA Expansion Breaks Ground Today

The 235,000-square-foot expansion will include seven stories devoted to new art exhibition and programming spaces. But those experiences won't be limited to paying customers; about 15,000 square feet of

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack: Marin County Retreat Restored to Reveal Old-Growth Timber Features

The Shack was included in the slate of homes that were opened to the public as part of the 2013 Marin Living: Home Tours, which was hosted by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design.

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Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

This year's slate of homes that were chosen for the Marin: Living Home Tours was impressive, but Andrea Ponsi's House on the Bay managed to stand out from the pack. The house is located on a gentle slope

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David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

Station Center Affordable Housing is part of the larger Union City Master Plan and revamping of the transit centers. The site for the project is sandwiched between a freight line and a commuter rail line,

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Reclamation Etchworks Creates Modern Spirit Decanters From Recycled Glass Bottles

Reclamation Etchworks Creates Modern Spirit Decanters From Recycled Glass Bottles

Reclamation Etchworks creates modern day spirit decanters for your home bar by upcycling bottles collected in local San Francisco restaurants. With the help of an entire community of bartenders they were

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Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - AIA SF's 2013 Marin Living:Home Tours is back again! For the past three years, the owners of some of Marin County's most impressive homes have opened

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Beautiful Wood Records Created Using a Laser Cutter

Beautiful Wood Records Created Using a Laser Cutter

Forget vinyl - engineer Amanda Ghassaei has developed a technique for cutting records into wood! Using a Epilog 120 Watt Legend EXT laser cutter, she was able to create digital waveform files from MP3s,

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