The rumors are true: Google is building that barge docked at Treasure Island on the San Francisco Bay. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle uncovered documents submitted to the city by By and Large, a company connected to Google, that revealed plans for a "studio and tech exhibit space." The 250-foot-long and 50-foot-tall structure is being built from welded recycled shipping containers, with the design led by two coastal firms, Gensler in San Francisco and LOT-EK in New York. The project will include over a dozen sails resembling fish fins, to help provide shade and shelter, and come foul weather, the ability to be lowered. The barge will make the rounds throughout San Francisco, stopping at several docks (each for a month), including Fort Mason, Piers 30-32, and Angel Island, among others. It will eventually make its way down to San Diego and other port cities along the west coast. The exhibit is expected to receive up to 1,000 visitors a day. Three additional barges in the works. Read more about Google's plans here.
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Los Angeles–based artist Cliff Garten has just completed his latest commission: Ribbons, a series of landscapes and sculptures in the courtyard of the Beaux-Arts 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco. The symmetrical design riffs on the existing structure's classical uniformity by inserting a sculptural collage of paving, seating, fountains, and plantings into the building's 20,000 square foot courtyard. Curving concrete pavers are set into a larger surface of decomposed granite, while cast concrete benches twist as if made of rubber, appearing to lift out of the ground pattern. "Concrete is great. I think I have finally found my medium for infrastructure," said Garten, who noted that he's hoping to develop a line of street furniture with the manufacturer Quick Crete. The project was commissioned by the General Services Administration's Art in Architecture Program, which sets aside a half percent of construction funds for federal projects for art. See more pictures below.
That old saw about how you can't take public space with you is bound for the trash heap. Landscape architect John Bela, co-founder of San Francisco–based Rebar, and artist Tim Wolfer of N55 have developed Parkcycle Swarm, a green space initiative that puts people and green space together—on wheels. The basic Parkcycle module is a mobile green space made of an aluminum frame, plywood, standard bicycle parts, and astroturf. Each one measures 2.6 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 7.4 feet long. Parkcycles offer instant open space to neighborhoods. All users have to do is park the Parkcycle and sprawl out on the turf to enjoy a bottle of beaujolais or play some hackie sack. Four of the small mobile parks are currently making the rounds at the Participate public arts festival in Baku, Azerbaijan. Rebar initially experimented with the Parkcycle concept for one of its famous Park(ing) Days in San Francisco. The company's website explains the concept as a “human-powered open space distribution system designed for agile movement within the existing auto-centric urban infrastructure.” Copenhagen-based public art group N55 sees Parkcycle as an alternative to top down urban development with each Parkcycle forming an individual component within a larger system. As more and more people construct their own Parkcycles, they can come together to form swarms, taking over their local urban environments. Each bicycle-park can be modified and designed to follow local bicycle standards. Additionally, N55 proposes that the Parkcycles could be equipped with small pavilions, trees, solar panels, and even portable grills and mobile kitchens. The original Parkcycle was built in collaboration with California-based kinetic sculptor Reuben Margolin and debuted in 2007. Photos courtesy Tim Wolfer / N55 and Yarat.
Unbuilt San Francisco Multiple venues San Francisco Through November 2013 AIA San Francisco/Center for Architecture + Design, California Historical Society/SPUR, The Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkley, and the San Francisco Public Library present this ambitious collaborative exhibition of architecture that never came to be. Spread throughout five venues, Unbuilt San Francisco describes a parallel history of “what if’s” and “could have beens” of architecture and urban design that were too fantastic or too grandiose for the City by the Bay. These unrealized visions offer San Franciscans a glimpse of the hopes and ambitions of past generations, as well as provide inspiration for the future of architecture and the city. Images offered in the exhibition include a grand casino on Alcatraz, freeways encircling the city, rejected neighborhood renewal plans, alternate designs for famous landmarks including San Francisco City Hall and the Ferry Building, and ecological provocations of today’s architectural vanguard. The opening reception will be held in Annie Alley between 678 and 654 Mission Street in San Francisco on September 6 at 5:00 p.m.
AN’s long-awaited facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference is finally here! Join us tomorrow on Symposium Day as an array of renowned architects and engineers representing leading firms from all across the nation—and the world—unite at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. These prominent industry leaders will deliver presentations and lead discussion-based panels on the fast-paced evolution of façade technology. Conference co-coordinator Jeffrey Vaglio of Enclos and Claire Maxfield of Atelier Ten will kick off the long-awaited event with their opening remarks. The morning Keynote Address will be delivered by Ecoarchitect Dr. Kenneth Yeang of Hamzah & Yeang Architects, who has flown in all the way from Malaysia to speak at facades+! Through his presentation Yeang will examine the principles of green architecture and will discuss several topics in ecological design, including the green building as a “living system,” the vegetated facade, and the facade as a “linear park.” Gary Handel of Handel Architects will deliver the afternoon Keynote Address in which he will explore the history of the development of glass facades and identify future advances in facade technology. The event features a full day of speaker highlights including David Frey & Brian Cook of SOM who will discuss facade delivery challenges in China, Stephen Selkowitz of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who will report on the measured building energy performance of the New York Times HQ Building, Edward Peck of Thornton Tomasetti who will speak on “The Components of Performance,” Maurya McClintock of McClintock Facade Consulting who will speak on “Envelope Energy Performance and Their Role in Deep Energy Retrofit Projects,” and Robert Aish of Autodesk and Gustav Fagerstrom of Buro Happold who will discuss “Performative Facade Design with Computation and Topology." Also on the agenda are a series of stimulating panel discussions including the Digital Technologies panel moderated by Benedict Tranel of Gensler, the Innovation Panel moderated by Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab, and The Materials Panel moderated by Geoff Rossi of Element. Join a consortium of your peers at facades+ PERFORMANCE tomorrow, and don't miss out on this great networking opportunity! Learn more about our conference and register for the symposium and workshops here!
Sometimes the most effective way to learn something is to try it for yourself. Register for any one of AN's facades+PERFORMANCE Technology Workshops on July 12th and work one-on-one with renowned leaders in digital fabrication while gaining hands-on experience with cutting edge technologies. Participants will not only walk away having earned 8 LU AIA CE credits but also having created their very own prototypes! Here is a quick overview of this year's line-up of Technology Workshops. Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab, CCA and his associate, Ripon DeLeon will lead the “Responsive Facades” workshop. Sign up for this workshop and learn how Grasshopper, Firefly, and Arduino can be used as technical tools in the design and prototyping of high-performance facades. In his “Design Scripting” workshop Gil Akos of Mode Collective well explores the fundamental concepts and strategic approaches to design scripting. Through this workshop students will learn to use Python and Rhino3D through hands-on exercises. Andrew Kudless of Matsys presents students with his “Intro/Intermediate Grasshopper” workshop. By working with Grashopper for Rhino3D participants will walk away having gained a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of parametric design. Bill Kreysler of Kreysler & Associates returns to AN’s facades+ Conference with his “Hands-On Composites” workshop. Bill, along with his associate Joshua Zabel will discuss and demonstrate the development of composite components for architectural facades. Participants will walk away have made their very own FRP shapes. AN’s facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference is just 3 days away, but there’s still time to register! Learn more about our workshops and register for the conference here!
AN's facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco is just 4 short days away! Have you registered for our Dialog Workshops yet? It isn't too late! Earn up to 8 AIA LU credits, interact with your peers, form valuable connections, and engage in in-depth dialogs with leading architects, fabricators, developers, and engineers in intimate classroom settings. From using innovative materials to the process of correctly implementing them, from achieving energy efficiency to ensuring structural performance, this year’s stimulating line-up of workshops covers all aspects of constructing a high-performance building facade. For his "Emerging Material Technologies" workshop, conference co-coordinator Jeff Vaglio of Enclos has gathered a group of material technology experts including Bill Kreysler (Kreysler & Associates), Valerie Block (DuPont), Jason Flannery (Taktl), Tom Bialk (GKD), and James Sable (GreenScreen). Together the panel will examine an array of innovative materials and discuss the effects of implementing such materials into a high-performance facade design. Alex Korter and Kevin Kavanagh of CO Architects realize that even the most advanced technologies and materials won’t be effective if installed incorrectly. In their “Breaking Facades: Why Process is Often More Important than Materiality” workshop the pair will examine the essential steps, from earliest stages of design to post-completion, that must be employed in order to successfully deliver a high-performance building envelope. Stephen Selkowitz, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will present the “Tools and Strategies for the New Zero Energy Façade Design” workshop. Sign up and explore the essential design strategies, technologies, and tools needed to achieve high-performance levels for energy efficiency and occupant comfort. Join James Parker of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and John Tawresey of KPFF Consulting Engineers as they reach beyond aesthetics and energy efficiency and explore the structural performance of a building facade in their workshop “The Structure of Facades – Criteria, Design Concepts and Performance.” Mark Dannettel and Edward Peck of Thornton Tomassetti and Robert Clocker of Perkins+Will will present a workshop titled “Innovative Building Skins: Navigating the Design and Construction Process.” Join this trio as they explore the different “hats” that key players involved in the execution of a complex building façade must wear. Brent Vander Werf of Tripyramid Structures has organized an impressive panel to present the “Intelligence Facades” workshop. Join Jason Vollen (CASE), Benjamin Hall (benjamin hall design+build), Francis O’Neill (Colt Shading), and Anthony E. Birchler (Zahner) as they demonstrate innovative design solutions for adaptive facades, quantify performance metrics, and address the impact that adaptive facades possess over contemporary design. Participants are encouraged to select two from this exciting line-up of half-day workshops, one from the morning session and the second from the afternoon session. For more information on our workshops and to register for facades+ follow this link!
Do you dare to get your hands dirty? If so, you won't want to miss Kreysler & Associates' Bill Kreysler and Joshua Zabel as they lead the "Hands-On Composites" Technology Workshop at facades+PERFORMANCE on July 12th in San Francisco! Since it’s founding in 1982 Kreysler & Associates has excelled as a leader in the development of molding and application of composites for construction and architectural uses. In this very hands-on workshop Kreysler and Zabel will delve into an in-depth exploration of composite materials, which Bill Kreysler defines as "engineered or naturally occurring materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct at the macroscopic or microscopic scale within the finished structure." The full-day workshop will focus specifically on using composite materials in the creation of high-performance facade designs. Participants will not only earn 8 LU AIA CE credits but they will also get the chance to design their very own FRP shapes and develop the creative and technical knowledge necessary to design and prototype composite based building components. Learn more about our workshops and register for our facades+ conference here!
Innovative Technologies & the Facade Building Process: Two “Can’t Miss” Workshops at facades+ on 7/12!
This year's facades+ PERFORMANCE conference features an exciting line-up of Dialog Workshops. Here are two that you won't want to miss! On paper, the steps involved in creating and delivering a high-performance building facade seem relatively simple. In reality, unforeseen changes in cost and scheduling often complicate the process and hinder it’s timely completion. At our facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco on July 12th, Alex Korter and Kevin Kavanagh from CO Architects, winners of the 2013 BIM Awards, will present the “Breaking Facades: Why Process is Often More Important Than Materiality” Dialog Workshop. Through a step by step analysis, the pair will explore the process of creating and delivering a high-performance building facade, from beginning to end. By participating in this morning workshop registered architects will earn 4 LU AIA CE credits! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn helpful tips in dodging obstacles and successfully navigating the creation and delivery of the intelligent facade from leading industry experts. In order for architects and engineers to remain on the cutting-edge of technology they must incorporate innovative design technologies and materials into their high-performance facades. The "Intelligence Facades” afternoon Dialog Workshop will be coordinated by Brent Vander Werf of Tripyramid Structures, who has carefully selected a team of leading architects and engineers including Jason Vollen of The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), Benjamin Hall of benjamin hall design+build, Francis O’Neill of Colt Shading, and Anthony E. Birchler of Zahner to lead to this stimulating workshop dialogue. Through case studies and demonstrations they will explore novel technologies, from bi-laminated materials to light sensing components, with the goal of quantifying performance metrics and calculating the impact that adaptive facades have on contemporary designs. By participating in this workshop attendees will not only get the chance to learn directly from renowned professionals but they will also earn 4 LU/HSW AIA CE credits. Learn more about our workshops and register for our facades+ conference here!
In 2005, San Francisco officials rezoned Rincon Hill, a neighborhood close to the Financial District, to allow for high-density housing. Since then, residential developments have popped up, including The Infinity, One Rincon Hill, and the under construction 45 Lansing Street, in an area that was once a maritime and industrial hub. The newest, Tishman Speyer and China Vanke's LUMINA, at 201 Folsom Street, broke ground this Wednesday. The Arquitectonica-designed development will add 655 condos to the Rincon Hill neighborhood, with views of the city and bay. The residence—two towers (the tallest at 42 stories) and two mid-rise buildings arranged along a courtyard—will have luxury amenities like floor-to-celing windows, a full service sky terrace, and a three-story clubhouse with a pool. Expected completion for the project is spring 2015.
The San Francisco Academy of Sciences has okayed a small new dining pavilion designed by Mark Cavagnero, to sit adjacent to its Renzo Piano-design museum, reports the San Francisco Chronicle's John King. The 12-foot-tall, 1,450 square foot space will be located in a corner of the museum's west garden, replacing an unused aviary. The project is still in conceptual stages, but so far it looks as though it would be rectilinear, lightweight, and glassy, with a large cantilevered flat roof providing shade. Museum guests can bring food out to the pavilion, or just use the space for relaxation. The rather minimal construction should make a good counterpoint to Piano's dynamic, undulating one. "When cultural facilities hire star architects to attract attention and set a new tone, the follow-through is as important as the first-year buzz," pointed out King.
The San Francisco Facades+ Performance conference is exactly one month away! Join the conversation and rake in up to 8 AIA LU credits per day at the conference, presented by AN and enclos, July 11 to 12, 2013. An abundance of good information, networking opportunities, and hands-on workshops are on the agenda, so don’t miss the chance to attend this year’s invaluable two-day event. The symposium on Day 1 consists of exciting presentations and discussion-based panels that investigate the ever more fast-paced development of facade technology, tackle new-fangled viewpoints on building skins, and discover ground-breaking, sustainable design practices. Ken Yeang of Hamzah & Yeang will present the morning Keynote Address, Eco-Architecture: Living Facades and Architecture and Gary Handel of Handel Architects will give the afternoon Keynote Address, Glass Without Guilt. Dialog and Tech Workshops form Day 2, which offers a rare chance to participate in comprehensive conversations with renowned design professionals in a small seminar-style setting. Participants have the opportunity to customize their specific programs to cater to their individual professional goals and interests by choosing half-day workshops from morning and afternoon sessions. Participants may also select one of six daylong workshops in which they will work closely with industry professionals on hands-on projects to build indispensable skills essential in utilizing revolutionary facade technologies. Speaker highlights include Edward Peck of Thornton Tomasetti, Claire Mazfield of Atelier Ten, and David Frey of SOM among other exceptional panelists. Take a look at the agenda and register today – Early Bird registration ends this Friday, June 14.