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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2014-02-14 05:05:00
[Photo via Icarus Films] Beginning at the end of this month, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will begin screening a showcase of films based on design and architecture called the Design and Architecture Films Showcase. Running February 27 to March 30, the array of films will cover architecture topics like New York's High Line and Lincoln Center; rivers buried under …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2014-01-14 04:25:47
On Saturday, your Curbed SF Editor Sally Kuchar (that'd be me) found herself wandering around Russian Hill. (I am going to stop typing in third person now.) I was snapping a pic of a home which was under the microscope a couple years back because the homeowners had installed a non permitted cartouche on the front of the abode. Ah, the …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2013-11-14 23:00:00
If you're thinking of picking up Dave Egger's new novel, The Circle, in hopes of finding solace by relating to his portrayal of Silicon Valley tech culture, architecture and design critic Alexandra Lange would say: don't get your hopes up. She issued a complete takedown of the novel based on the gross inaccuracies in its portrayal of the architecture of Silicon …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2013-03-29 19:00:00
Curbed University delivers insider tips and non-boring advice on how to buy, sell, or rent a home or apartment. Additional questions welcomed to sf@curbed.com. Today's topic: ask architect Joel M. Jarr your questions! His last Open Thread was so successful that we thought it best to give it another go. [A small sampling of architect Joel M. Karr's work] We've tapped architect Joel …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2013-03-28 19:30:00
Original Design Proposal with Glazed Tile Facade [Rendering via DBA] The Planning Commission recently issued a smack down to the Planning Department, voting unanimously to overturn the Department's objection to the façade color of a new residential building planned for 344 Fulton. The project will replace a surface parking lot in Hayes Valley with a Boys' and Girls' Club and a little …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2013-03-19 22:00:00
Concerns about the financial bottom line have led to a revised proposal for the new Transbay Transit Center that calls for a perforated aluminum skin instead of the undulating glass that has been a signature of Pelli Clarke Pelli's design since it debuted in 2007. All told, the material change will cut an estimated $17 million from the project's $1.59 billion …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2013-03-15 19:00:00
Curbed University delivers insider tips and non-boring advice on how to buy, sell, or rent a home or apartment. Additional questions welcomed to sf@curbed.com. Today's topic: ask an architect your questions! [A small sampling of architect Joel M. Karr's work] We've tapped architect Joel M. Karr, a partner at WESKE associates and owner of Group 41 Inc., to answer all your questions relating …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2013-02-25 19:00:00
Rendering by NBBJ via Vanity Fair Google's forthcoming nine-building campus in Mountain View, Calif., may look like any boring corporate park from the rendering, but a recent Vanity Fair preview proves that "the most voracious accumulator of data on the planet" has outdone itself, yet again. Designed by the Seattle-based architecture firm NBBJ, the new Googleplex, called Bay View, features a series …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2011-11-29 23:30:25
Click here to view the full photogallery. Photos: Peter Bennetts and Shania Shegyden/Kavellaris Urban Design When Kavellaris Urban Design was retained to produce a modern house for a historic Victorian neighborhood in Melbourne, Australia, the architects sought a unique solution to integrating the new home into its old-world environs. Instead of mimicking the surrounding buildings in form, the team decided on a perforated …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-11-23 03:25:20
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. It's nice that real estate agents are getting better about recognizing Bay Area architects. And so, voila! we have a William Wurster-inspired house on the Presidio Wall. The 4-bed, 3-bath house, built in 1948, asking $2,995,000, having been sold to the current owners for $2,900,000 in July, 2009. Maybe they bought it thinking …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-11-04 20:00:18
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Local Legoretta+Legoretta projects to love, from left to right: Chiron Life & Science Laboratories, UCSF Mission Bay Center, Schwab Residential Center, Cabernet House, Petaluma House, Schwab Residential Center. Click on the image to enlarge. Monday, Salesforce.com announces it's acquired fourteen empty, waterfront-adjacent acres in Mission Bay for a new campus. Today we get the …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-11-04 20:00:18
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Local Legorreta+Legorreta projects to love, from left to right: Chiron Life & Science Laboratories, UCSF Mission Bay Center, Schwab Residential Center, Cabernet House, Petaluma House, Schwab Residential Center. Click on the image to enlarge. Monday, Salesforce.com announces it's acquired fourteen empty, waterfront-adjacent acres in Mission Bay for a new campus. Today we get the …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-09-11 06:07:12
Architect and author James Dixon released his new HD videos today, a series on the varied styles of San Francisco architecture. High-concept slide shows with excellent photography and attention to detail, there are eleven of them, covering just about everything including Eichler and the now-in-the-doghouse Post-Modernism. Well, maybe not in James' doghouse. Completely SFW. No sound, voice-overs or canned synth, but …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-06-21 20:40:05
[Every so often, we'll post about a property that's not for sale but a nevertheless interesting part of the San Francisco's built environment.-PF] The Russell House, the only house by Erich Mendelsohn in the Bay Area, built between 1947 and 1952 by the late Madeleine Haas Russell on the site of her childhood home in Presidio Heights. But you might not notice- …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-05-20 17:21:25
[Via Doug Letterman] More on the Tonga Room, the issue — and bar! — that just won't die. Yesterday the still-young Historic Preservation Commission officially took up the problem of the "historic" bar, which the Fairmont Hotel owners are planning on kicking to the curb amid construction of a new residential tower in place of the existing hotel tower. A full assessment …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-05-20 05:29:50
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Check it out: it's been a while since we've heard anything from Prado Group on 1401 California, the mixed-use replacement for Nob Hill's Cala Foods. The developer posted some blurry elevations on the 107-unit (give or take) development's website this past September — and then nothing. BAR Architects to the rescue! At some …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-05-20 04:49:33
Two favorites, one place! Curbed SF is on Facebook: click through and click Like. It tickles.


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-05-20 04:27:23
[Photos by REBAR, more at their site] Uptown Almanac and Mission Loc@l have both noticed the latest parklet to pop up, on 22nd and Bartlett. This latest, which Rebar Group calls "Walklet," is their experiment in creating a modular, LEGO-type kit for piecing together parklets for sitting, eating, and loitering peaceably — all with "easy maintenance and maximum durability." Judging by a …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-05-20 04:16:39
Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Could anyone have guessed what hides behind the demure — even, dare we say it, boring — exterior of 506 6th Ave? The Richmond house has had nothing less than a "SENSATIONAL to-the-studs remodel (and expansion)," says its listing. Just looking at the eat-in kitchen and the spacious-looking open floor plan, you could probably …


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Curbed San Francisco - Architecture 2010-05-20 01:38:31
One more notch on the Treasure Island timeline: the Board of Supes unanimously approved the terms of the purchase deal yesterday, which would have the city pay the Navy $55 million over 10 years, and then likely a good $50 million after the island's ground-up remake. The SF Examiner says that the final project plan will have to return to the …


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