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Building It: An Unheard-Of Housing Strategy

Building It: An Unheard-Of Housing Strategy

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“The whole question about whether developers are greedy is irrelevant. The people leveling this charge aren’t honest. In Los Gatos and Lafayette, professionals making $250K a year are complaining about “greedy developers”. But they themselves are not producing anything tangible, like more housing. They are not contributing to the general welfare…”
– Sonja Trauss, BARF Founder

“Getting evicted is not the worst thing to happen – if you can easily find an equivalent place.”

– Laura Clark, Exective Director, GrowSF

Friday, September 16, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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David Ludwig: Artist, Architect, Tiny House Advocate

David Ludwig: Artist, Architect, Tiny House Advocate

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“Home is the nest we create for ourselves as a base for living. It provides us with safety and security – making a conscious and sub-conscious statement to ourselves and our community about our personal values… One is owned by one’s possessions when the acquisition, display, storage, and maintenance of possessions falls out of alignment with one’s self-image and life purpose.” (Photo: David Ludwig)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Rock Whisperers: The Subtle Power of Incan Masonry

Rock Whisperers: The Subtle Power of Incan Masonry

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The Incas of the Andes had a special relationship with rock, which was key to their empire. Even today their masonry inspires awe, and perhaps fear. The Incas thought that rocks were people, with their own volition and personality. Inca stoneworks live on today, as monuments and often as foundations for later buildings.

Monday, September 05, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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David Winslow on the Guerrilla Urbanism of DIY Neighborhood Improvements

David Winslow on the Guerrilla Urbanism of DIY Neighborhood Improvements

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David Winslow of San Francisco’s City Planning Department talks about “living alleys” and walkable neighborhoods. “Home to me is a neighborhood where I can get basic needs met… Having a place to go outside of my own house… a corner cafe where they know me by name. It’s having public spaces that are functional and comfortable.” (Photo: green alley, Montreal, courtesy David Winslow)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Richard Rhodes: Master Stonemason Turns Sculptor

Richard Rhodes: Master Stonemason Turns Sculptor

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“Stone is one of the most uniquely expressive materials on the planet. As an artist, I strive to think through the material – classical training as a stone-carver gives a unique perspective, similar to doing my scales the way a pianist would. I consider myself a modernist now – but still grounded in a deep affection for, and knowledge of, the classics.” (Photo: Richard Rhodes)

Sunday, August 21, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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The NEXT Conference:  AIA San Francisco

The NEXT Conference: AIA San Francisco

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Hosted in San Francisco, a city recognized as a leading hub for innovative design leaders and thinkers, AIASF NEXT is a great opportunity to showcase your cutting-edge ideas, projects, and practices that will impact the next generation of the architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment. Gathering the best […]

Tuesday, November 03, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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Laguna Street Residence: A Victorian Re-envisioned

Laguna Street Residence: A Victorian Re-envisioned

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The Laguna Steet Residence by Mark English Architects is an extensive remodel and addition to an 1890’s Victorian home located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. The historically significant front facade was retained, and a modern home built within the existing shell

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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Equity by Design Workshop at the AIA National Convention

Equity by Design Workshop at the AIA National Convention

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At this years AIA Nation Convention to be held in Atlanta, Rosa Sheng and friends will be holding a half-day workshop inspired by the sold-out 2014 symposium, Equity by Design: Knowledge, Discussion, Action!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 | | Add a Comment

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