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    ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 575
    Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,

    ArchitectureWeek No. 575 is now available on the Web, with these new design and building features, and more.

    Loft Interior

    Fisher-Friedman designed this conversion of a historically-designated warehouse into stylish loft condominiums, built starting 1995.

    Warehouse Loft Conversion

    Under the San Francisco South Beach Redevelopment Plan of 1981, the Oriental Warehouse was designated an historic landmark due to its historical value as the early arrival point of Oriental immigrants.

    The brick warehouse, originally built in 1868, with a total area of 88,000 square feet (8,200 square meters) on two floors had for many years been used as a warehouse and storage space.

    After nearly a decade of negotiations between historic preservationists and various owners of the building, Fisher-Friedman Associates secured the necessary approvals from the Landmarks Preservation Board and the San Francisco Planning Commission to convert the warehouse into 66 spacious live/work lofts.

    The 125-year-old brick structure required substantial seismic upgrades and the addition of windows to provide the natural light necessary for residential units. In addition, on the aggregated plan, the adjacent L-shaped property supports an additional 38 unit, five-story structure as well as two 18-story buildings with recreational facilities and some retail space.

    The loft conversion was constructed beginning in 1995, and all 66 units sold immediately.

    Rodney Friedman — Modern Housing Architect
    Perspective by Frank Anton

    For more than forty years, when it comes to housing design, Rodney Friedman has been the irresistible force to the mainstream housing industry's immoveable object.

    For more than thirty of those years, first as editor of Builder magazine, the leading magazine for that mainstream industry, and currently as CEO of Hanley Wood, the leading publisher for the construction industry, I've had a front row seat to that battle royale. I'll have to admit that I've always been pulling for Rodney to win.

    The back-and-forth battle began in the 1960s. Back then builders in California were throwing up drab tract houses as fast as they could. Rodney countered with a community of single family houses called Sunset San Marin. These affordable homes had sleek, wood exteriors and exciting, open interior spaces. No flat ceilings and undersized windows. The battle was joined.   >>>

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    The 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and ASHRAE 90.1 baselines are two commonly used standards for determining the typical EUI of commercial buildings by use type. These baselines are important references in the design of energy efficient and net zero energy buildings. Image: Courtesy Wiley

    Why EUI?
    by Thomas Hootman

    Energy use intensity (EUI) is one of the most important and useful metrics employed in the design of low energy and net zero energy buildings. EUI is a measure of total annual building energy use, divided by the gross building floor area.

    This can be expressed in terms of site energy or source energy. Common EUI units include kBtu/ft2, kWh/ft2, kWh/m2, and MJ/m2. In the United States, kBtu/ft2 is the EUI unit most commonly used.

    What makes the EUI metric so useful is that it serves as a way to compare energy performance of buildings, or compare energy performance with established baselines.

    EUI is a measure of energy performance, not of overall energy use. A good analogy for EUI is the miles-per-gallon (mpg) fuel efficiency measure for vehicles, except that, with EUI, the lower the number, the better the energy performance for the building.

    As a performance metric, EUI has many uses. During the design of a building, an energy performance EUI target can be set and compared to EUI performance baselines. It can also be used to understand and communicate existing building energy performance.

    This is particularly beneficial with regard to building energy performance labeling. At the root of the EPA's ENERGY STAR score is the EUI metric. ASHRAE's emerging energy performance label, Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ), likewise uses EUI as the basis for measurement.

    As a performance metric, EUI has many uses. During the design of a building, an energy performance EUI target can be set and compared to EUI performance baselines. It can also be used to understand and communicate existing building energy performance. This is particularly beneficial with regard to building energy performance labeling. At the root of the EPA's ENERGY STAR score is the EUI metric. ASHRAE's emerging energy performance label, Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ), likewise uses EUI as the basis for measurement.   >>>

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    A free-flowing living area was achieved by careful removal of a redundant and cramped hallway space that had originally enclosed the lower end of an entry stair. Photo: Mick Hales

    Staying Put in Style: Open-Minded
    by Duo Dickinson

    In a 1920s hillside upside-down house — where the living area is below the entry level — walking downstairs to get to the living room wasn’t the only aspect that was awkward.

    When you arrived at the living floor you were unceremoniously dumped into a tight vestibule measuring just six feet by four feet (1.8m by 1.2m) with three three-foot-wide (90cm-wide) doorways providing access into each space.

    By removing one non-bearing wall between the stairs and the dining room and kitchen, and opening up the bearing wall between the dining room and the living area, all three spaces were able to flow.

    It would have been easy enough just to remove walls and let the space speak for itself, but instead, a carefully crafted frame was used to make an event out of the opening from the rest of the floor to the living room.   >>>

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    Richard Neutra designed the Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg National Military Park near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Photo: Don Wiles

    Letters to the Editor

  • Cyclorama Building Demolition Lacks Honest Cultural Assessment
  • Climate Urgency is Real
  • U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Production in China

    To preservationists dismayed at the drumbeat march toward demolition of the Richard Neutra, FAIA-designed Gettysburg Cyclorama center, our issue has been, and remains, the single-minded cavalier way this project was approached.

    Despite high-value analysis by acknowledged experts and 4,500 petition signers, illustrating the significant architectural and historic value of this structure, the National Park Service Environmental Assessment focused solely on the goal of clearing Cemetery Ridge of this structure. Civil War buffs and others supporting demolition got the entire focus of studies conducted by the National Park Service, so not surprisingly, that resulted in the decision to demolish this high quality work of American architecture. This was clearly a pre-determined decision and lacked any honest assessment of the alternatives....   >>>

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    P&P Image

    SFMOMA has released the design by Snøhetta for an 11-story expansion to the SFMOMA building in San Francisco, California. Image: Courtesy Snøhetta

    People and Places
    by ArchitectureWeek

    Snøhetta - SFMOMA Expansion in San FranciscoAC Martin Partners - Hotel Skyscraper in Los AngelesEskew+Dumez+Ripple - Adaptive Reuse in Baton RougeFoster+Partners - Mixed-Use in Buenos AiresRalph Rapson in ChantillyRobin Monotti Architects - Yacht House in Foros, UkraineKohn Pedersen Fox - Reskinning in Iselin

    Snøhetta - SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco
    The SFMOMA art museum has released some renderings and information about the museum's planned 235,000-square-foot (22,000-square-meter) expansion, set for completion in 2016. Designed by Olso, Norway-based Snøhetta, the thin 11-story addition, which stretches from Howard to Minna Streets, will stand just behind Mario Botta's original Postmodern building for the museum.

    Renderings show that the new building will replace an existing rear wing of the Botta building, as well as two smaller structures along Howard Street.

    In this position, the addition will also connect by skybridge to the rooftop sculpture garden of the adjacent SFMOMA parking structure on Minna Street. The narrow space between these two buildings will serve as an open air sculpture plaza with a vertical garden. This space will transition into a pedestrian promenade that extends to Howard Street, helping to weave the museum into the neighborhood fabric on the long, complex block that the museum occupies.   >>>

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    Press Release - Lancko Group Inc. of San Diego, CA Receives Houzz's 2013 'Best Of Houzz' Award

    Lancko Group of San Diego, CA has been awarded "Best Of Houzz" 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The innovative Wood Door & Wood Tile company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.


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    Meshing 101 – the Basics of CAE Meshing - Design World, 2013.0220

    Myth Buster: Revit & IFC, Part 2 - the Saga Continues - AUGI, 2013.0219

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    Classic Home 063 — Maisons Jaoul, by Le Corbusier

    "These houses in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France are situated on a constrained semiurban site amid much larger, multiunit apartments. Originally designed for the families of André Jaoul and his son Michel, each house has two full floors and a penthouse suite. A narrow walkway slopes up from the street to entrances off a shared patio. The buildings are carefully positioned at right angles to one another on the site, with strategic setbacks from all the property lines, except to the south. There, unit A abuts the wall of an adjacent building. The result is a sequence of increasingly private outdoor spaces "


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