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TOURS

 

DIRK WYSE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

NOTE: All online ticket sales end two hours prior to the start of program unless otherwise specified.

Thursday, September 13, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Affordable Housing Tour

626 Mission Bay Boulevard

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

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626 Mission Bay Boulevard brings 143 units of affordable family housing and mixed-use to Mission Bay, San Francisco’s newest neighborhood. A six-story building designed by MITHUN/Solomon, defines the block frontage of three streets, and houses 125 apartments, 10,000 sq. ft. of retail frontage and a variety of communal facilities. The fourth frontage along one of Mission Bay’s mid-block lanes consist of 18 three story townhomes designed by Studio VARA, as a more delicately scaled foil to the larger building. Thoughtful design of every inch of this densely developed site serves the needs for both sequestered quiet and active community life, indoors and out. Generous lobbies and community rooms, abundant daylight and views of the city from corridors help orient seniors and children, and provide an uplifting daily experience for people who previously were badly housed or homeless. 626 will brings cosmopolitan diversity to this new neighborhood, is a handsome and worthy neighbor to market-rate projects, and provides long hoped-for pride of place to its low-income residents. 

626 MISSION BAY / COURTESY OF MITHUN

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Home Tours Headquarters: Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant Street

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Last Entry to homes at 3:45 PM)
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Onsite ticket sales + ticket pick-up at Home Tours Headquarters; light breakfast/refreshments will be available for only paid attendees.

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, an open house event, featuring five outstanding modern homes. This popular program showcases a variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences including single-family homes and contemporary renovations. This is the first Bay Area tour series to promote residential design from the architect’s point of view.

Post-Home Tours Happy Hour

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Cambria Gallery

Home Tours Headquarters: Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant Street

Home Tours Ticket Holders: Free

General Admission: $10

After enjoying the San Francisco Living: Home Tours, participants are encouraged to join us back at Home Tours Headquarters to socialize, enjoy a happy hour of light refreshments and share highlights of the day with other tour attendees.

L-R: POTRERO HILL HOME / SIDELL PAKRAVAN ARCHITECTS; LAIDLEY STREET COTTAGE / RED DOT STUDIO; COLE VALLEY RESIDENCE / DUMICAN MOSEY ARCHITECTS; CLARENDON HEIGHTS HOME / JOHN MANISCALCO ARCHITECTURE; NORDIC VICTORIAN IN THE MISSION / MORK ULNES ARCHITECTS

 

Saturday, September 8, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

San Francisco’s Alternate Futures through Cinema

(Location information will be emailed to registrants; register early, limited tickets available)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $20

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We will explore visions of San Francisco’s future through a number of science fiction movies set in our city. From monster attacks to alien invasions, and from dystopian nightmares to utopian dreams, San Francisco has been a picturesque backdrop for filmmakers to explore their vision of the future of mankind.

Saturday, September 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Speculations: Exploring San Francisco’s Boldest Unbuilt Projects by Bike

(Location information will be emailed to registrants; register early, limited tickets available)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $20

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On this 16-mile, four-hour bike tour, we will explore some of San Francisco’s most ambitious design proposal that never came to be. The focus will be on San Francisco’s version of the “City Beautiful” movement visiting locations by Daniel Burnham and Bernard Maybeck, the World’s Fair movement of the 1930’s visiting locations proposed by Richard Neutra, and master developments of the 1950’s through 1970’s including an early Yerba Buena proposal.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS / PARAMOUNT PICTURES

 

POST-EARTHQUAKE ARTIST'S CONCEPTION, TWIN PEAKS CIRCA 1926 / SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

NOTE: All online ticket sales end two hours prior to the start of program unless otherwise specified.

NOTE: All online ticket sales end two hours prior to the start of program unless otherwise specified.

Tuesday, September 4, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Urban Design for the Future of the Public Realm

Meeting point: SOM, One Front Street (lobby)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

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This program will bring together a group of experts across multiple sectors, to share perspectives on designing for the future of the public realm. In particular, topics will include creating a "pedestrian friendly edge" that factor in elements of the street level, like retail space and greenery, and how these things impact residents. Further relevant to residents in urban areas, will be the examination of mixed-use projects with market rate and affordable housing units, public space and amenities. The Transbay Redevelopment Project Master Plan and Block 9, will be referenced to illustrate these ideas. In addition to the SOM Planning Director of the project, a developer, urban planning academic, resident, and city official will provide their uniquely relevant perspectives to answer questions about which design approaches work, which don't, and how to creatively solve the challenges facing modern and future cities. The pressing issues like transportation, health and resilience, and solutions for underserved communities are among the topics that will be brought to the table for lively discussion and a questions and answer session.

Presenters: 
Ellen Lou
, FAIA, AICP, LEED BD+C, Director of Urban Design and Planning, SOM

Elizabeth McDonald, professor, City & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, UC Berkeley

 

Jose Campos, Manager of Planning and Urban Design, San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure

COURTESY OF SOM

 

Tuesday, September 11, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Nolli Walking Tour

(Location information will be emailed to registrants)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

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In the spirit of Giambattista Nolli's innovative 1748 map of Rome, we will explore the rich urban network of interior and exterior architectural spaces in the rapidly-developing Yerba Buena and Transbay neighborhoods. This year's Nolli Walking Tour will be led by a native San Francisco architect / tech entrepreneur and an architectural historian, providing a lively and informative perspective on how the City has transformed and what the future holds. We will move quickly through a wide variety of public and semi-public spaces, including tech company headquarters buildings, POPOs, a church, arcades, parks, hotels, museums, shopping malls, pedestrian alleys, and the new Salesforce Transit Center with its rooftop garden. At the end of the tour, we will enjoy our traditional no-host Nolli happy hour at a local spot with tour participants who wish to continue the adventure. Tour will be lead by David Alpert, CEO, Geopogo and Josh Bevan, Architectural Historian / Cultural Resource Planner, Page & Turnbull

DOGPATCH ROPE WALK / COURTESY OF SF PLANNING COMMISSION

Tuesday, September 18, Time: 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Transformation of Our Industrial Waterfront into a Mixed-Use Innovation District

(Location information will be emailed to registrants)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

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The Central - Waterfront Dogpatch is the epicenter of creative industries such as design, fabrication, and specialty food production. Situated amongst the Dogpatch Historic District and Historic Steel Ironworker's District, the community is successfully building upon its industrial heritage with a mixed-use neighborhood that honors the art and craft of making fine things. This neighborhood tour will visit several cutting-edge projects including new mixed-use construction, adjacent innovative public open spaces, and adaptive reuse of a former warehouse into a regional art gallery destination. Attendees will be led through the neighborhood by City Planning professionals who are responsible for ensuring sensitive development of the area.

Tour will be lead by Robin Abad Ocubillo, Senior Planner and Urban Designer, San Francisco Planning Department. At each site on the tour, project architects and developers will discuss the opportunities and challenges with their projects.

 
 

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM - EVENT ENDED

Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Urban Lighting Experiment 2050 – SF Session

(Location information will be emailed to registrants; register early, limited tickets available)

AIA Member: $15 | General: $25

On this nighttime exploratory journey, participants are engaged to create a vision of future San Francisco, using light as a medium. A small group will explore areas within the former water line of the city, with Market Street as the central locus. At three open spaces along the route, the group will perform a thought experiment on what it means to be a human being in the city of the future using physical objects and light, as well as through experimental visual communications via Virtual Reality headsets that will aid in connecting the sites past, present, and future. These scenarios are shaped by the driving forces of change in the city: the water line, the evolution of commerce and industry around technological advancement, and demographic shifts. Each thought experiment is visualized with light tools, consisting of ubiquitous light objects. Portable LED lights, combined with multicolored balloons, theatrical lighting tools, and filters will be used to create customizable objects that give the participants creative agency to conceptualize the streetscape of the future. Materials will be provided. Tour will be lead by Susheela Sankaram, Senior Lighting Designer, Arup San Francisco / Amsterdam