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Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This

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Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

If you want to get into the holiday spirit without having to cut down a poor, defenseless evergreen, check out this clever idea from the resourceful folks at the Gleeson Library in San Francisco. They

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Habitat Horticulture’s Green Living Partitions Divvy Up San Francisco’s Largest Patio Space

Habitat Horticulture’s Green Living Partitions Divvy Up San Francisco’s Largest Patio Space

San Francisco based company Habitat Horticulture recently installed 3 gorgeous green wall partitions for The Metreon City View patio space overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens. The movable living walls create

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San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

The biologically sound wetland remediation project at Pier 27 demonstrates the port's commitment to the stewardship of waterfront historic resources. The project also has the potential to be a harbinger

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HEDGE: An Amazing San Francisco Art Space Made of Straw Bales!

HEDGE: An Amazing San Francisco Art Space Made of Straw Bales!

This temporary gallery was on display from September 15th through the 18th and served as HEDGE Gallery's booth and exhibit space. The straw and steel room gave focus and definition to the works on display

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How To Prepare Your Bicycle For Safe Riding in Cold Weather

How To Prepare Your Bicycle For Safe Riding in Cold Weather

1. Visibility Front and rear lights are crucial year round, but even more so in winter. The sun is setting earlier in the northern hemisphere, so even if you only use your bike for the commute to work,

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San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

John Maniscalco Architecture has had plenty of projects hobbled by historical preservation policies (a common complaint from progressive architects attempting to rebuild historic San Francisco) so a

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Fabric8 Creates San Francisco Parklet From Materials Found in the Dump

Fabric8 Creates San Francisco Parklet From Materials Found in the Dump

The parklet's dominant feature is a sloping, thatched hillside made of a motley mix of different types of salvaged wood. From the hill, a slender house rises with a pitched roof and a bunch of small holes

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San Francisco’s Waterfront To Get Green Makeover In Lead-Up To America’s Cup

San Francisco’s Waterfront To Get Green Makeover In Lead-Up To America’s Cup

Under design giant AECOM’s leadership, a wide swath of temporary and permanent installations will be built along San Francisco's waterfront to accommodate race infrastructure as well as a massive influx

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Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

The building is designated in the National Register, so its renovation had to preserve the site's historic architectural integrity. Envelope a+d responded to this challenge with a design that embraces the

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San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

San Francisco’s Imaginatively Interconnected Harrison 1×2 Residences by Studio 12

One of the Harrison Street Residences lies parallel to the street, cloaking the inner courtyard and allowing for greater privacy, space and light shared within a dense urban area. The second residence

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Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Today the California Academy of Sciences achieved a groundbreaking feat of sustainable design as the U.S. Green Building Council presented it with its second LEED Platinum certification, making it

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US Census Reveals the Top 10 US Cities for Mass Transit Commuting

US Census Reveals the Top 10 US Cities for Mass Transit Commuting

The Census Bureau just released a report on the commuting behavior of Americans in 2009. The commuting report is part of the American Community Survey, and it details the average commute time for

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Portable Parks Pop Up All Over Downtown San Francisco

Portable Parks Pop Up All Over Downtown San Francisco

CMG Landscape Architects designed Yerba Buena’s new Parkmobiles: tiny portable gardens housed in dumpster-style containers. The mini-gardens are just one part of the Street Life Plan’s strategy to

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Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

San Franciscans love their history. The city has established historical museums of all flavors to celebrate its pioneers and their contributions to civil society. Now, armchair travelers are invited to

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Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Imagine a world in which schoolchildren eat organic, locally sourced lunches rich with fruits and vegetables — some of them heirloom varietals, some of them grown on the school grounds. That is the

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The 2011 Architecture and the City Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

The 2011 Architecture and the City Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture enthusiasts! Next week marks the launch of the AIASF‘s 2011 Architecture and the City Festival. Filled with awesome tours, new green projects,

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San Francisco Officials Approve Treasure Island Eco-City

San Francisco Officials Approve Treasure Island Eco-City

Treasure Island lies in the middle of San Francisco Bay, visible to the left of the Bay Bridge as it crosses from San Francisco to Oakland. Abutting hilly Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island is a man-made

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New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

San Francisco is about to boost its street sports cred with a long-awaited skatepark. After two years of petitioning and planning, the Department of Public Works is ready to break ground on the $3 million

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SF Artist Jay Nelson Hacks Vehicles Into Incredible Faceted Mobile Homes

SF Artist Jay Nelson Hacks Vehicles Into Incredible Faceted Mobile Homes

Nelson, who is originally from Southern California, studied painting and drawing at both Bard and CCA. His work draws upon his love of surfing, the beach and experiences he had as a child helping his

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Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Built in the 1880's the original 3-story home was by itself on top of a hill. Over the years, as roads changed and more houses were built, the original home was extended through a series of unorganized

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Protected Bikeway Could Replace Parking On San Francisco Streets

Protected Bikeway Could Replace Parking On San Francisco Streets

Could a protected bike lane on San Francisco’s busy four-lane Oak Street provide a safer and quicker cross-town route for cyclists? Would you give up parking spots in your neighborhood in exchange for a

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BMW DesignworksUSA To Upgrade San Francisco’s BART Trains

BMW DesignworksUSA To Upgrade San Francisco’s BART Trains

Riders of San Francisco's BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) can tell by the carpeting, plush upholstery, and decades-old ketchup stains that the same cars have been running down the tracks since 1973. The

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Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

The seven-mile-per-side square of land that is San Francisco, densely settled for decades with precious little to spare in the way of developable land, is poised to embark upon one of the country’s most

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San Francisco to Allow Electric Vehicle Owners to Juice Up for Free

San Francisco to Allow Electric Vehicle Owners to Juice Up for Free

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee just announced that electric vehicle charging will be made available free of charge in city-owned parking garages and at San Francisco International Airport until the end of

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Classic Victorian Facade Hides Gaping Parking Garage in San Francisco

Classic Victorian Facade Hides Gaping Parking Garage in San Francisco

The seventies may be over, but mind-altering architecture is alive and well with this incredible folding Victorian facade cum garage in San Francisco. Corey and Ben McMills of McMills Construction needed

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Shipping Container Pavilion is a Symbol of Sustainability for Slow Food Nation

Shipping Container Pavilion is a Symbol of Sustainability for Slow Food Nation

San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation Festival in 2008 was a celebration of delicious foods and sustainability, capped off by a reclaimed cargo shipping container that was converted into a ticket counter and

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Feng Shui Expert Builds Mobile Dwelling Cube With a Living Room, Bedroom and Tea Room All in One

Feng Shui Expert Builds Mobile Dwelling Cube With a Living Room, Bedroom and Tea Room All in One

The steel and plywood living cube was prefabricated in order to fit through Ming's front door and was assembled on site. A steel frame assembled on top of heavy duty casters and the plywood panels fit

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