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Low-carbon neighborhood takes root at former power station site on San Francisco waterfront

What was once one of San Francisco’s filthiest industrial sites, the old Potrero Power Generating Station at Potrero Point, is on track to be redeveloped as a new 29-acre neighborhood—a “mixed-use modern metropolis” as one local news outlet has dubbed it—complete with 2,600 residential units (30 percent earmarked for lower-income residents), abundant public green space […]

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Grimshaw unveils a new arts complex at Santa Monica College

The Los Angeles office of British architecture firm Grimshaw has revealed plans for a 21,000-square-foot arts complex at Santa Monica College (SMC), a junior college with an enrollment of over 30,000 students. The building, described as a “factory of creativity,” will take rise on what’s now a surface parking lot on the corner of 14th […]

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MANICA’s Chase Center references San Francisco’s Mission Bay with a sail-like aluminum facade

The Chase Center, the new home for the Golden State Warriors, stands prominently in Mission Bay, San Francisco, and joins a nationwide shift from stadium and arena as standalone monoliths surrounded by acres of asphalt parking lots to those embedded within dense urban frameworks. The 11-acre project, designed by Kansas City’s MANICA Architecture, opened in […]

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Portland yanks online database of unreinforced masonry buildings

How officials in Portland, Oregon, have gone about treating the city’s sizable stock of earthquake-vulnerable unreinforced masonry buildings—roughly 1,600 of them in total including churches, apartment buildings, schools, businesses, and more—has been a contentious, even litigious issue for several years now. Now, in a new development of an ongoing controversy, the city has opted to […]

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L.A.’s largest municipal park just got a bit larger

In a move that has likely staved off future residential development abutting Griffith Park in Los Angeles, the nonprofit advocacy group Friends of Griffith Park, joined by community organizations and private donors, have secured two undeveloped hillside lots at the southern edge of the park. The two properties will together add an additional 1.25 acres […]

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MASS Design Group to lead tribal engagement process for Willamette Falls Riverwalk

The Willamette Falls Trust, the organization spearheading engagement, private fundraising, and programming efforts for the future Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City, Oregon, has partnered with nonprofit architecture firm MASS Design Group, whose U.S. offices include Boston, Poughkeepsie, and Santa Fe, to kick off a new and vital phase of engagement and outreach. Per a […]

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Mystery-shrouded Pasadena Bank of America building to get new owner, windows

A mid-rise office building in downtown Pasadena, California, that’s been subject to (not totally implausible) conspiracy theories over the years was sold earlier this month in a $72 million transaction to Atlas Capital Group as reported by The Real Deal. Completed in 1974, the building’s most notable features include its travertine-clad facade and a near-complete […]

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West Seattle High-Rise Bridge creeps toward potential collapse

The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge, an important commuter route for the Seattle, Washington, area, has been closed since March 23, 2020, because inspectors discovered new cracks in its structure. While inspectors first noted cracks in the bridge in 2013, the damage seemed to be relatively stable, but conditions deteriorated enough in the early part of […]

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Listen to Ray Eames accept the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in newly resurrected speech

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has exhumed a never-released recording of Ray Eames, then 66 years old, accepting the RIBA Royal Gold Medal at a ceremony held in London on June 12, 1979. Ray Eames’s partner in design and in life, Charles Eames, had died the year prior. The ceremony marked the 131st […]

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San Jose preservationists move to protect Brutalist César Pelli building from demolition

Before his name became synonymous with very tall skyscrapers, the late Argentine architect César Pelli completed a handful of projects in the 1960s and ’70s—all with Gruen Associates–that were decidedly, but not exclusively, squat: A (now demolished) shopping mall in Columbus, Indiana; an (endangered) former research facility built in Clarksburg, Maryland, for a Congress-established satellite communications […]

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David Baker Architects receives the 2020 AIA California Firm Award

David Baker Architects (DBA), a San Francisco architecture firm whose solution-oriented work zeroes in on some of contemporary society’s most pressing issues, has received the 2020 California Firm Award. The award, which will join the firm’s already crowded trophy chest, is among the highest annual recognitions bestowed by the American Institute of Architects, California (AIA […]

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An innovative GFRP facade is a big part of the magic of the Lucas Museum

Brought to you with support from The form of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is suggestive and shape-shifting, not unlike the popular media to which the nascent institution is dedicated. Under construction since 2018, the curvilinear 290,000-square-foot museum is beginning to animate the entire western edge of Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, a 160-acre park […]

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Judge sides with developer in contentious Cupertino redevelopment battle

After a delay of more than a month due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Helen Williams issued a ruling last week in a hot-button case that has divided residents of the Northern California city of Cupertino, pitting pro-development YIMBY-ists against grassroots local activists attempting to halt work on a […]

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AN checks in with Johnston Marklee

Architecture studio Johnston Marklee is best known for designing sophisticated, site-sensitive buildings befitting the display and production of visual art. The Los Angeles–based firm has designed multiple galleries and exhibition pavilions, and its most internationally renowned work is the 2019 AN Best of Design Award-winning Menil Drawing Institute. Yet principal Sharon Johnston, who founded the […]

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Hancock Park may become Los Angeles’s first true urban microcosm

“Tip the world over on its side,” Frank Lloyd Wright once quipped, “and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” As a fresh L.A. transplant in the early 1920s, Wright clearly had trouble finding his bearings, yet nearly a century on, his testimony remains remarkably apt: To the uninitiated, the “fabric” of Los Angeles’s cityscape […]

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NewSchool of Architecture & Design president Marvin Malecha has died

Former AIA National president and NewSchool of Architecture & Design president Marvin Malecha, FAIA, passed away on May 4 at the age of 70. Malecha was born June 26, 1949, and after receiving his bachelor’s of architecture from the University of Minnesota and his master’s of architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, quickly […]

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Richard Mullane on the ‘Collect & Connect’ strategy for San Francisco Bay and coastal resiliency

How do you make waterfront locations resilient to the problems caused by climate change? How can you support communities to manage—and come to terms with—flood risk? As governments and developers reverse their thinking around the land value adjacent to our global rivers and harbors, these challenges are shifting urban design in new and exciting ways. […]

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Destination Crenshaw celebrates the culture of South Los Angeles as it parades down the community’s main drag

A long drive through Los Angeles, a city famed for both its car culture and the superlative diversity of its residents, will take you through a generous number of officially designated ethnic and cultural enclaves: Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Little Ethiopia, Persian Square, Historic Filipinotown, Olvera Street, Little Armenia and neighboring Thai Town, and Koreatown, a […]

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