Posts Tagged ‘architects’

The Future is Now: Our Transbay Transit Tower, Tallest Building in San Francisco, Breaks Ground

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Well, here it is:

“Transbay Transit Tower, tallest building in San Francisco, breaks ground

Pelli Clarke Pelli tower joins Transbay Transit Center

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2013 — Officials ceremonially broke ground today for Transbay Transit Tower, the building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects that will be San Francisco’s tallest.

Standing 1,070 feet tall (326 meters), the 60-story office tower will be the tallest on the West Coast and the seventh tallest in the U.S. The tower will connect directly to the Transbay Transit Center, a multi-modal transportation hub also designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Together, the tower and the transit center form the new heart of a revitalized neighborhood.

“The Transbay Transit Tower and neighboring Transbay Transit Center are powerful individual buildings designed with a common civic purpose–to create the 21st century gateway to San Francisco and a state-of-the-art place marker on its skyline,” said Fred Clarke, senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. “Embodying sustainable, transit-based development, the tower combined with the transit center is a model for the future of our cities.”

The tower takes the timeless form of the obelisk and has a slender, tapering silhouette. The walls are composed of clear glass with pearlescent white, metal accents. These horizontal and vertical accents gradually taper in depth to accentuate the curved glass corners. The walls rise past the top floor to form a transparent crown that appears to dissolve into the sky. Carved into the tower top is a vertical facet that will be lit at night. Like the transit center, the design for the tower emphasizes sustainability and has a LEED Gold objective.

“Transbay Transit Tower will be a new icon for the city and state,” said Paul Paradis, Hines senior managing director. “The tower will also set a new standard for healthy and productive work environments.”

Hines and Boston Properties will develop the tower. The sale of land to the tower developers is helping to fund the transit center. Pelli Clarke Pelli, working with Hines, was awarded the tower and the transit center commission after winning an international competition in 2007.

Founded in 1977 and led by Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke, and Rafael Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings, including the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong.”

Know Your Financial District Buildings: Pre-Quake, Post-Quake, Post-Modern, Modern – All in a Row

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

From California Street, starting in the lower right:

400 Montgomery, the Alvinza Hayward Building, aka the Kohl Building, 130+ feet tall, 1901

500 California, the Omni Hotel, these days anyway, ___ feet tall, 1927

580 California, the No Name Building, apparently, 351 feet tall, 1987

650 California, the Hartford Building, 466 feet tall, 1964

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There’s a lot of history in this photo. Do you see the trend – taller and less ornate until, whoops we went too far…

You know who should write about this kind of stuff? John King. Get him a camera like this or something.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Graces the New Richardson Apartments in Hayes Valley – HUD’s $5 Million Grant

Monday, November 28th, 2011

[UPDATE: Barbara Taylor has the deets.]

[UPDATE II: And it should be noted that Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture designed the landscape for this project.]

Well here’s the news from last week:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling nearly $96 million. Twenty-seven communities and organizations will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants. The goal of HUD’s Sustainable Communities grants is to help communities and regions improve their economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.”

Our San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission scored $5,000,000 worth of these grants, so some feds dropped by to celebrate this afternoon.

San Francisco Mayor with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi greeting people at the brand new Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments for the formerly homeless on Fulton near Gough:

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Oh, here they are up at the Richardson’s awesome-looking rooftop garden:

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And here’s Supervisor and MTC Commissioner David Campos. (To him, Nancy Pelosi “will always be Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”)

Remember this mural? I haven’t seen it in a while. Anyway, here’s where’s your Central Freeway used to be. Parcel G., specifically, per the Socketsite.

All the deets, after the jump

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Absurd: 9/11 Truthers Co-Opt Occupy Wall Street Movement – Will Try to “Occupy” World Trade Center Building 7

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Sometimes, I just don’t know.

Let’s see here, “controlled demolition,” “Building 7,” “just asking questions,” “Architects & Engineers” – nothing’s changed since 2001.

(No alarms and no surprises.)

But fresh lingo from 2011? Check.

“September 11, 2001 - the day our country was hijacked and a permanent war was launched that will not end in our lifetime unless we the 99% stop it.

Ten years later the War on Terrorism has diverted trillions of dollars from more important uses and sunken our country into debt.

Building 7, which most people don’t know about, came crashing to the ground at 5:20pm on September 11th. Today, millions of citizens and 1,600 courageous architects and engineers are demanding an investigation into the suspect destruction of this skyscraper.

The government’s absurd story that “normal office fires” felled this 47-story skyscraper is only the tip of the iceberg of the anomalies and inconsistencies we’ve been given about 9/11.

Today we are taking our country back. We will not rest until those responsible for the death of 3,000 innocent people on 9/11 are brought to justice, and the war dollars are brought home.”

Enjoy your religion, Truthers.

Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments Now All-The-Way Done: Housing for Formerly Homeless at 365 Fulton

Friday, August 5th, 2011

You remember a year ago when I told you Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments Now Halfway Done?

I do. Good times, huh?

Well, here it is, all finished, AFAIAC:

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It looks better than the artist’s conceptions, I think. Swoopier, anyway.

Hurray!

Leave us remember:

“This is the scene these days down at the Civic Centerish worksite of the Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments – it’s just a shrouded box now, see?

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This is what Central Freeway Parcel G looked like at the beginning, back in April

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

and May:

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

And this is what it will look like soon:

You won’t be able to miss it:

Should be done by August 2011.”

Finally: Some Good Photos of the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine CIRM WORM Building at UCSF

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now I took some shots of the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine CIRM WORM Building at UCSF over Turkey Day weekend last year as I was coming down the hill, but, at long last, let’s see some good photos from Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Right here.

That’s what it looks like.

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For the record….

Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments Now Halfway Done – Housing for Formerly Homeless at 365 Fulton

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This is the scene these days down at the Civic Centerish worksite of the Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments – it’s just a shrouded box now, see?

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This is what Central Freeway Parcel G looked like at the beginning, back in April

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

and May:

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

And this is what it will look like soon:

You won’t be able to miss it:

Should be done by August 2011.

Modern Art in a National Park: “Presidio Habitats” Runs Until May 15, 2011

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Turns out that the Presdio‘s born-and-raised millionaire and billionaire NIMBY neighbors can’t keep modern art out of our Presidio after all.

Anyway, this is the first I’ve heard of the effort. Check it.

Look for this next time your in the Presidio:

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 — PhilippeBecker (www.beckersf.com), a San Francisco branding and design agency announced today that it is one of11 international designers and artists commissioned to create art for public display in the Presidio, in the first-ever public art project conceived for a National Park.

Commissioned in 2009 by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the Presidio Trust, 25 designers and artists were invited to submit habitat proposals for specific animal residents of the Presidio. 11 submissions were selected and commissioned for the Presidio Habitats art installation, including PhilippeBecker’s “Winged Wisdom”. [http://for-site.org/presidioHabitats/artist.php?code=2]

Winged Wisdom was conceived by Brody Hartman, director of creative strategy for PhilippeBecker, and designed in collaboration with Philippe Becker, creative director. “The American robin is an enduring icon in our landscape. It is a beloved bird whose behavior demonstrates nature’s ‘wisdom’, which in turn teaches us valuable lessons about how to relate to the land and with each other,” says Hartman. Winged Wisdom is composed of three-dimensional letters that spell out within the landscape three of the robins’ wise behaviors: ‘resolve conflict with song’, ‘adapt to change’, and ‘nest from the inside out’.

Each letter, built of steel armature and mesh netting, is filled with sterile straw, providing ideal nesting material for the robin.  “Our hope is to give park visitors an unexpected, yet mindful provocation of nature’s strength and wisdom,” says Hartman.

Other installations include Fritz Haeg’s Snag Tower, Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects’ Exhibition Pavilion, and Ai Weiwei’s Western Screech Owl Habitats. Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio Habitats installations will be on view for a full year.  More information is available at http://www.for-site.org/presidioHabitats/about.php

Ai Weiwei
Philippe Becker Design
CEBRA
Chadwick Studio
Mark Dion with Nitin Jayaswal
Jensen Architects
Amy Lambert
Nathan Lynch
Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects
Surface Design, Inc.
Taalman Koch Architecture
Proposals/Models on Exhibit
Jeffrey Berkus Architects
CMG Landscape Architecture
Topher Delaney
Design Ecology
Amy Franceschini with ALITE Designs
Anya Gallaccio
Fritz Haeg
Walter Hood
Michelle Kaufmann
Rigo 23
John Roloff
SIMPARCH with Deborah Stratma
Mark Thompson
Bruce Tomb and David TombAbout PhilippeBecker
 
About PhilippeBecker

PhilippeBecker is a branding and design agency founded in 1998. Agency clients include Clorox, Del Monte, Disney, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Jamba Juice, JCPenney, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Safeway, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and Wrigley. More information is available at www.beckersf.com.

About the FOR-SITE Foundation

The FOR-SITE Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of art about place. FOR-SITE was created in 2003 to encourage the development of new work for exhibition in public institutions. Presidio/Site/Sculpture, a site-based initiative of the FOR-SITE Foundation launched in 2008 with Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire, provides the public with new ways to see, understand, and appreciate the natural, historic, and cultural resources of San Francisco’s Presidio, a 1,491-acre urban national park. More information is available at http://for-site.org/.

9/11 Truth Crazies Return to San Francisco, Like Swallows to Capistrano

Friday, February 19th, 2010

[Welcome fans of the "Breakthrough Energy Examiner" Sterling Allan, who, of course, veered "off topic" just a skosh, huh? (Unless It All Ties Together, Somehow.) He's got to be careful, else he'll step on the toes of the 9/11 Truth Examiner (if there is a such a person yet), right? Oh well, I don't have an "open mind" on controlled demolition. Sorry.]

Well it’s getting close to Springtime, so leave us welcome back Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, who chose San Francisco as the place to launch their Late Winter Offensive, 2010. (Offensive? Is there anything that you could consider offensive, anything that might insult your intelligence coming from this crew? As Always, You Make The Call.)

The 11th floor of our highly-rated Marines Memorial Club & Hotel at 609 Sutter was packed this AM - could have been a couple hundred, maybe. But not a one MSM news vehicle was on the scene, AFAICS, to celebrate the news of the 1000-member-milestone being surpassed. Irregardless, this was a big deal for the A’s and the E’s – they had simultaneous news conferences going on all over the place.

Let’s see here, they didn’t like getting mocked by Glenn Beck recently*, and they think that their professional licenses are “at risk.” Really? (Has any Truther lost his or her license because of Truther status? Not that I’m aware of.) And, oh yes, they say they’re not conspiracy theorists**, so apparently just one person set all those explosives on all those floors of all those buildings.

Anyway, have at it, Building 7, controlled demolition, sheeple, banksters, etc. below. Enjoy.

[UPDATE: Is it surprising that 1000 architects, engineers, butchers or bakers can form a Thruther club? Not to me. Would it be fair to say that the average architect and or engineer isn't a Truther? You people are just like the JFK conspiracy theorists, right? On another note, aside from a 20,000-reader-weekly in Joisey, did any of these AE911 press conferences on 2-19-2010 get any press coverage, MSM or not-so-MSM,  from anywhere in the world? And actually, didn't this movement peak with the Loose Change boom back around 2006?]

Richard Gage, AIA:

Your Marines Memorial, 11th floor. Last time I was here, it was a Junior League of San Francisco joint (speaking of highly-rated) - 100+ earnest post-collegiate babes wearing sweaters (and buying purses, for some reason). Today, it’s Truthers and only Truthers. 

Corporate Bankster Oligarchy, the Mossad, it all fits together.

All the deets, after the jump.

*That’s the best I can do for you, I didn’t register(?) to listen in. I’ve heard of him but I don’t know who Glenn Beck is. Oh here you go – this is a big deal for some Texas election.

**Of course there was a conspiracy, involving at least 19, right?

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Alanis Morissette Entertains All at Power to the Peaceful – Isn’t it Ironic?

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

No, it’s not ironic at all, but that’s O.K. Everybody loved her anyway.

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via Steve Rhodes - he’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

And hey, here’s Michael Franti, the man who started Power to the Peaceful, back in the day:

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Oops, that was Rasputin. Similar stare though. Here’s Mike Franti. Sort of reminds me of that other charismatic, yoga-loving, 9/11 Truther About Town

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…Mark Morford:

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Would Rasputin be a Truther if he were around today? Hells yes.

And wasn’t Rasputin into yoga as well? Sure, he could have been.

Isn’t it ironic? Don’cha think?

(And what’s this, the controlled demolition crowd isn’t welcome in the Truth Movement anymore? I’m confused, srsly. Is is possible to have a Pearl Harbor without FDR-Let-Pearl-Harbor-Happen theories springing up? Apparently not. IIIDYT?)