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Johanna Hoffman: Bay Area Housing and Adaptive Urban Design

Johanna Hoffman: Bay Area Housing and Adaptive Urban Design

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“My work – design and planning for climate adaptation – requires a more long-term perspective. Trying to understand our cities by looking farther back into the past and farther in the future, helps us to understand that some of the problems we’re facing now are connected to questions that people have been asking for a very long time. In this way, the challenge of housing in San Francisco presents a valuable opportunity to address the city’s present and future vulnerabilities head-on.”

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Jonelle Simunich: Foresight Specialist Speaks About Bay Area Housing

Jonelle Simunich: Foresight Specialist Speaks About Bay Area Housing

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“Cities globally are, and will continue to, have population growth. My question is how will we re-design our cities to accommodate the influx of new residents?… The spaces we design and inhabit today are the artifacts of future generations.”

Monday, March 06, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Allison Arieff: Urbanism and Bay Area Housing

Allison Arieff: Urbanism and Bay Area Housing

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“Instead of stopping new housing, we should be focusing on better neighborhood planning, better integration of housing near jobs and transit and better programs for creating economic opportunity… A city shouldn’t bend over backwards to let a company come in and add thousands of new jobs without both parties working to figure out how to house those thousands.”

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Beaux Arts Fantastic

Beaux Arts Fantastic

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This exquisite, wearable scale replica of the San Francisco Civic Center was conceived and completed as a collaborative effort in under 3 weeks. “The mere thought of showing up to the ball with just a nice dress and a mask wouldn’t do… We wanted to challenge other designers to do more of this at next year’s Beaux Arts Ball,” said the team. “We did this to showcase our abilities to think outside of the box, and show our peers and colleagues what teamwork can really do. We enjoy what we do, we like who we are. Our team has the right combination of creativity and heart.”

(Image courtesy of Unisource Solutions)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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MASP: A Brazilian Masterpiece

MASP: A Brazilian Masterpiece

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Mark English on Lina Bo Bardi:

“Her building is one of a kind… heroically sized in every way: the biggest span, the most prominent location. It’s a brave building, amazing and gutsy.… I don’t like overly designed, overly gestured work. In MASP, the building has a sweeping sense of movement, but also a neutral feel. The art is the star, not the building.”

(Image: Mark English Architects)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Inclination and Evolution: A Stair Design

Inclination and Evolution: A Stair Design

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This central staircase rail went from glass, to steel, and back to glass again, in a design transformation aided by hand sketches, computer renders, and actual as-built appearance at the job site. Image: Mark English Architects

Thursday, January 05, 2017 | | Add a Comment

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Desert Modern Walking Tour: Palm Springs

Desert Modern Walking Tour: Palm Springs

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The simplicity of Desert Modern architecture finds a natural home in Palm Springs, California. Image: Mark English Architects

Friday, December 16, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Skylight Case Study

Skylight Case Study

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Late-breaking waterproofing concerns arise on a job site, after construction is already underway. The power of hand drawing aids in a quick exploration of a crucial building detail, avoiding potentially costly change orders down the road. Image: Mark English Architects

Friday, December 09, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Modern Buildings and Climate

Sao Paulo, Brazil: Modern Buildings and Climate

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In countries where energy costs are high, buildings rely less on high-tech conditioning and more on simple features such as brise soleil to create natural shade. The Modernist gems of Sao Paulo show how climate response can be both inspirational and livable. Image: Ciccillo Matarazzo pavilion, Mark English Architects

Monday, November 28, 2016 | | Add a Comment

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