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UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is undergoing some serious construction that will leave an ugly casualty behind: the old eastern half of the bridge span. Last year, Rael San Fratello Architects proposed that

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Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Houseboats are a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area, but many people find them too cramped to be a permanent residence. The Tafoni Floating Home, designed by Joanna Borek-Clement aims to change that

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Iconic SF Coca-Cola Billboard Gets a Green Makover

Iconic SF Coca-Cola Billboard Gets a Green Makover

Ever pass by the giant glittery Coca-Cola billboard in downtown San Francisco and wonder just how much energy it sucks up? Not nearly as much as it used to, now that the whole thing has been replaced with

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Bessie Carmichael School Awarded Grant for LEED Certification

Bessie Carmichael School Awarded Grant for LEED Certification

Recently software manufacturer Adobe Systems Inc. gave a grant to the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to help San Francisco Bay Area schools achieve LEED certification, and the Bessie Carmichael School

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Sunday Streets Return to San Francisco!

Sunday Streets Return to San Francisco!

San Francisco has just announced that it will be continuing its popular Sunday Streets program next year with new dates and locations for 2010! Running for the past two years, the event closes off a

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San Francisco Launches Sustainable Financing For Green Building Renovations

San Francisco Launches Sustainable Financing For Green Building Renovations

from the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom... This week in Copenhagen, representatives from nations around the world are debating the best measures to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and

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Fifth Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco-Fashion Show

Fifth Annual Gorgeous & Green Eco-Fashion Show

This year marked Global Green's 5th annual Gorgeous and Green fundraiser and celebration in beautiful San Francisco. This star packed event promoted the organization's numerous charitable green

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San Francisco’s Transamerica Building Gets LEED Gold

San Francisco’s Transamerica Building Gets LEED Gold

Just yesterday, one of our favorite mayors, Gavin Newsom in one of our favorite cities, San Francisco, announced that SF's landmark Transamerica Pyramid Building, will now be classified as one of the

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Fifth Annual Gorgeous & Green Benefit in San Francisco

Fifth Annual Gorgeous & Green Benefit in San Francisco

This year's Gorgeous & Green Gala is happening Tuesday, December 8th at the W Hotel in San Francisco and Inhabitat will be on the scene! Dine with celebs, check out the latest eco-fashions, sip on

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The Green Sight + Sound Eco Art Benefit is Tonight in SF!

The Green Sight + Sound Eco Art Benefit is Tonight in SF!

CALLING ALL SAN FRANCISCANS! If you're looking for a way to recover from the rampant consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you might want to head out to the Mina Dresden Gallery tonight for a

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San Francisco Offers Christmas Trees that Live on After the Holidays

San Francisco Offers Christmas Trees that Live on After the Holidays

Since loads of us love Christmas trees and all things that bring Christmas cheer, here's a way to indulge in your tree without killing it (strange tradition we’ve had all these years, eh?) The city of

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San Francisco Green Festival Starts Tomorrow!

San Francisco Green Festival Starts Tomorrow!

CALLING ALL SAN FRANCISCANS! The mother of all green events, the San Francisco Green Festival starts tomorrow! This huge 3-day event runs from November 13th-15th and will feature a sustainable food

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San Francisco Implements Nation’s First Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco Implements Nation’s First Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco already diverts over 72% of its waste from landfills thanks to rigorous recycling efforts, and now the city is set to cut down on trash even more with the country's first mandatory

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Bay Line: A High Line Park for San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

Bay Line: A High Line Park for San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is currently undergoing a massive renovation as an aging section of the East Bay span is replaced with a new one, and the old conduit has fired up architects' imaginations for

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San Francisco Set to Harness the Power of the Bay

San Francisco Set to Harness the Power of the Bay

The Pacific Ocean could soon be lighting up the beautiful city of San Francisco as a tidal-energy project planned for the waters near the Golden Gate Bride is now in the final stages of acquiring the

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WEST COAST GREEN 2009: Day 1 Roundup

WEST COAST GREEN 2009: Day 1 Roundup

Each year, West Coast Green brings together the largest conference on green innovation for the built environment with leading sustainable businesses and an eclectic group of green technology and exciting

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First Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Installed Between SF and LA

First Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Installed Between SF and LA

One of the biggest problems with electric vehicle technology is the lack of a plug-in infrastructure on our roads. But that problem is about to disappear -- at least for some commuters on Highway 101

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Urban Infill Strikes Gold in San Francisco

Urban Infill Strikes Gold in San Francisco

Of all the pads chosen for this year's AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours, only one found me smiling from start to finish. I wondered why as I wandered through this intriguing Glen Park residence...

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PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

Park(ing) Day! Parking space invasion day! The day to roll out some sod, fire up the barbeque, and set out in the street like it's your front porch. If you didn't hear about it from us, from the event

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PARK(ing) Day is TODAY!

PARK(ing) Day is TODAY!

HAPPY PARK(ing) DAY! Keep your eyes open today for impromptu public parks popping up in parking spots around the world as hundreds of peeps take part in PARK(ing) Day! Wow, that was a tongue-twister if

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Stunning Victorian Renovation Showcases Decades of SF History

Stunning Victorian Renovation Showcases Decades of SF History

One of our favorite projects from last weekend's AIA Home Tours was a stunning historic victorian that was constructed in San Francisco's Cole Valley in 1896, weathered the trippy 60's and 70's, and was

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LSarc’s Randall House Bridges Indoors and Outdoors

LSarc’s Randall House Bridges Indoors and Outdoors

One of our favorite projects from last weekend’s AIA Homes Tours was the Randall House in Glen Park, by LSarc design team. The site, typical of San Francisco contours, slopes nearly four stories from

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San Francisco to Have World’s First Airport Carbon Kiosks

San Francisco to Have World’s First Airport Carbon Kiosks

Starting today, eco-conscious travelers through San Francisco's International Airport (airport code: SFO) will be able to purchase carbon offsets for their flight right on the way to their gate! The

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INTRODUCING: Inhabitat LOCAL!

INTRODUCING: Inhabitat LOCAL!

HEY NEW YORK & SAN FRANCISCO READERS! We've got some exciting news for you! Recognizing that many of our readers (and many of our writers) are concentrated in New York City and in the San Francisco Bay

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Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Today!

Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Today!

Bay Area architecture fans get ready to rock - today marks the start of the 2009 Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an entire month packed full of fun events, and our San

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Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Next Week!

Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Next Week!

Heads up all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! Next week marks the start of the 2009 Architecture and the City Festival, and this year they're pulling out all the stops with another incredible

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Collectively GRASP, Eco Art Gallery, Releases Its Hold On SF

Collectively GRASP, Eco Art Gallery, Releases Its Hold On SF

This Saturday, join environmental art gallery Collectively GRASP for its closing reception. After more than a year of exhibiting eco-art, gallery Owner/Director Aileen Meehan will be closing the art space

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Futuristic Designs Protect SF Bay From Rising Tides

Futuristic Designs Protect SF Bay From Rising Tides

In the San Francisco Bay, water levels may rise 55 inches over the next 100 years. That doesn't sound like much initially, but around the coastline, that makes a huge impact. High water levels are a

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San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

The Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco is a former naval shipyard filled with radiation and industrial toxins. It's so dangerous that the U.S. Environmental Agency has designated it as one of the

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Hey Bay Area readers – come to our reader meetup TONIGHT!

Hey Bay Area readers – come to our reader meetup TONIGHT!

Hey Bay Area Inhabitat readers! We're having our first ever San Francisco Inhabitat reader meetup tonight at Stable Cafe in the Mission district and we'd love to see you there! We'll be convening for

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