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Amily’s Bridge Comments March 8, 2010

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Thoughtful project. I’ve often wondered why we need a new bridge? Why was it not possible to fix the old one. We know how it behaves structurally already and fixing it would still be much cheaper and sustainable than building new. The blog below shows some more details and spatial connections.


I encourage all to check out more work by Rael-San Fratello- the architects for the Bay Bridge Repurposing Project
Check out the “Planter Brick”



AIA Vertical Gardens Tour March 4, 2010

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Let’s celebrate after Midpoint Review with more Achitecture!

Leaving 601 Brannan Next Friday (March 12th) 3pm to 130 Sutter Street Suite 600

The exhibition will feature more than two dozen concepts and actual projects, including works by Rael San Fratello Architects (Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael), Min Day, Boor Bridges Architecture, GLS Landscape | Architecture, environmental designer Lisa Lee Benjamin, and local nursery Flora Grubb Gardens. Additional pieces are contributed by Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; ATOPIA with The Harrison Studio; Bob Bingham and Claire Hoch; Patrick Blanc; Bohn & Viljoen Architects; Dickson Despommier, Eric Ellingsen, SOA Architects, Blake Kurasek; Evo Design with Mica Gross and Rogers Design Group; Todd Haiman; Haus-Rucker-Inc.; Edmundo Ortega and Dianne Rohrer (Co-Founders, Mundo Verde Ortega); Claude Boullevraye de Passillé; Oda Projesi;; Naomi Reis; Roomservices (Evren Uzer and Otto Von Busch); and SITE (Denise MC Lee, Sara Stracey and James Wines).

There will be lots of photos as well. “Photographic documentation of existing buildings containing vertical farms, gardens or green roofs will also be showcased by Hundertwasser; Renzo Piano with Chong Partners and Stantec; Emilio Ambasz & Associates; Humpert Wolnitzek; Chad Oppenheim Architecture and Design; Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, Downs/Archambault & Partners, LMN Architects; Scandinavian Green Roof Institute; Conservation Design Forum of Chicago and Atelier Dreieitl of Germany; Enrique Browne and Borja Huidobro with Ricardo Judson and Rodrigo Iturriaga; and others.”

Mundo Verde Ortega and Rael San Fratello Architects have also created two “interpretive” green walls for the exibition.

Why Treasure Island Is the Super-Green City of the Future February 25, 2010

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This scale model of San Francisco’s Treasure Island shows the mix of dense housing, a canopied retail area and a convenient ferry terminal that will help make it both pedestrian- and eco-friendly



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Please join Emerging Green Builders of Silicon Valley and San Francisco for a tour of the Crissy Field Center and Informational Office, a project currently seeking LEED Gold certification. This state-of-the-art, 7,430 sq. ft. building is one of the most technologically-advanced, energy efficient buildings in the city. The Center features high-performance classrooms, a science lab, an art room, administrative spaces as well as a café. Our tour will include speakers from Project FROG, a smart building company that uses enviro-friendly prefab design to achieve LEED certification as well as providing an education curriculum based around sustainability by using its structures as a resource and a model of efficiency.

We will be meeting at 3:45pm. Tour begins at 4:00pm sharp! The Center closes at 5:00pm

Following the tour, we will be gathering at The Tipsy Pig for drinks and networking. The Tipsy Pig is located at 2231 Chestnut St, between Scott and Pierce, in San Francisco.

sign up here…  http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/index.php?option=com_events&type=event&task=details&id=856&Itemid=109

Presentation – Global Ecology Research Center February 12, 2010

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On the first meeting (Thursday the 18th at 6:30 in room 201) there will be a slideshow presentation and discussion on the Global Ecology Research Center in Stanford.  Below is a link to a PDF that contains information on this LEED certified building: