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Sonja Trauss: Pro-Housing SF Candidate Advocates for Affordability

Sonja Trauss: Pro-Housing SF Candidate Advocates for Affordability

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“San Francisco’s old guard wants to keep you out by preventing you from finding housing, which is driving rents sky-high. Why would you want to vote for them?”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Mexico’s Vasconcelos Library: A Unique Building Concept

Mexico’s Vasconcelos Library: A Unique Building Concept

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“ It’s an interesting building from the inside. The books hang from a ceiling structure in open cages. Visitors walk along bridges, catwalks, ramps, and stairways, all within a giant 70-foot shell. Inside, it’s clean and orderly, a refuge from the chaos outside.”

(Image: Mark English Architects)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Lyon’s La Confluence District: Walking Tour

Lyon’s La Confluence District: Walking Tour

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The French city of Lyon’s “La Confluence” is a bold island of modernity exists on a sliver of land between two rivers. “Part of the logic of making the architecture more bold is to make it interesting from all angles.” How does this compare with similar redevelopment efforts in San Francisco?

Image: Mark English Architects

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán

Casa Gilardi by Luis Barragán

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“Color isn’t just a surface decoration for Barragán. It’s not an afterthought. It’s foundational to his architecture. His spaces can’t stand alone without the color.” Image courtesy Mark English Architects

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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From Hand to Computer: Drawings for Communication

From Hand to Computer: Drawings for Communication

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Earlier, we showed the power of hand drawings as communication tools. Now, we do the same with CAD – taking it to the next level.

Friday, June 09, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Bernardo Urquieta on Drawing and Design

Bernardo Urquieta on Drawing and Design

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“Is there a right and a wrong in art that applies to everyone? Through sketching and observing, you discover for yourself the environment that surrounds and supports you. You create your own thoughts, your own personal ideas, your own experience, your own rules. I believe that this is the basis of human freedom.”

– Bernardo Urquieta, AIA

Monday, May 22, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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San Francisco in 2100: Best and Worst Case Housing

San Francisco in 2100: Best and Worst Case Housing

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“Architects can help to envision what density could look like. Paris is a lot denser than San Francisco, and yet we’re still willing to travel thousands of miles to enjoy it.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Kearstin Dischinger: Policy Planning and Bay Area Housing

Kearstin Dischinger: Policy Planning and Bay Area Housing

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“I see this symposium as an opportunity to engage with architects who care deeply about the area… Policymakers and designers speak different languages, but we both need to engage with the public and with one another… [In San Francisco] our identity is in our diversity. That’s why people want to come here. [And yet] the way we think about housing hasn’t changed in 50 years…”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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