top left: Hamilton Row, 2008 winning project for North Park Main Street
top right:: MXD830, 2009 winning project for Greater Golden Hill CDC
bottom left: Village at Market Creek, winning project for Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
That's right! The call for nominations was made in the summer of 2010, and Friday, April 29th marks the last day to nominate a project in your neighborhood for the 2011 $25,000 Community Vision Award!
If you know of a mixed-use (both commercial and residential) project within your community that exemplifies design excellence, demonstrates positive results of community interaction with design and development entities (i.e. is community supported), provides for “Smart Growth” in terms of both respecting existing community patterns and yet is still additive to the quality and urban nature of the community, and is designed and built with sustainable design and environmental sensitivities - then we encourage you to encourage your community group to nominate it! It could mean $25,000 for further enhancement of your surroundings.
Learn more abou the Community Vision Award here. Nominations are accepted from community organizations only.
On February 20, 2010, SDAF took part in a Global PechaKucha for Haiti event.
This year, another unimaginable crises has occurred and continues to unfold in Japan, home of PechaKucha Night, and another global event, Inspire Japan, will take place on April 16th.
Although SDAF is not officially taking part in this global Ustream event, PKN San Diego Volume 11 will be held as planned on April 20th, and SDAF will be donating a portion of the night's proceeds to Habitat For Humanity through PechaKucha. In addition, we are hoping to include a presentation to pay homage and Inspire Japan.
Do you have something to share based on Inspire Japan's main themes of INSPIRE, JAPAN, THE ISSUES or RECOVERY? Great ideas or solutions that help deal with the issues at hand whether earthquake, tsunami, nuclear or the road to recovery are all welcomed - or the additional presentation could simply be about things that inspire us (like PechaKucha), or Japan and how it has inspired you. If you do have something to say and 20 images to say it with, send a note to email@example.com.
Read more about Inspire Japan here. If you have something to share but not enough time to put a presentation together (we need your images by April 13), please write us anyway. We hold 4 PechaKucha Nights a year, and we believe the themes mentioned above will prove significant for a long time to come.
On March 26, 2011 San Diego Architectural Foundation, San Diego's official host chapter of the Tokyo-based PechaKucha Night, will partner with Starwood San Diego, the San Diego Japanese Consulate, NBC San Diego, Sophie 103.7 and Discover SD to honor the recent tragedy in Japan as part of a very special “Earth Hour” ceremony. “Earth Hour” is an annual sustainability initiative that encourages people to drastically decrease energy usage for one full hour. This year’s “Earth Hour” carries with it a theme of global preservation, and a deep compassion for the recent tragedy in Japan.
Earth Hour Benefit for Japan will feature fun drink specials, wonderful performances and special guests. Click here for details about what is sure to be an exceptional evening. SDAF is honored to take part in this significant event - we hope to see you there!printable flyer available below
“Upon a solid basis relations of peace and friendship, which shall confer reciprocal benefits upon the citizens of both, and assure the concord, harmony, and mutual confidence wherein the two people should live, as good neighbors…." the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signed February 2, 1848
The Friends of Friendship Park have submitted a proposal to San Diego Border Patrol enabling increased access and providing a more park-like feel for Friendship Circle Monument Park located between the U.S., Mexico and Pacific Ocean. Designed by heralded San Diego architect James Brown of Public Architecture and Planning, the design restores much of the original feel of Friendship Park during the park’s open hours by allowing for full access to three locations on the international boundary: the historic monument at the center of the park, the bi-national garden located to the east of the monument, and the beach below the monument to the west.
In 2009, an Onion-awarded second fence was constructed some 100’away from the existing border fence, severely restricting pedestrian access to the Monument. The meeting spot is historically and culturally significant to U.S. and Mexican citizens alike. The proposal aims to reestablish use of the park by all.
With a desire to unite rather than rather than divide further, the proposal offers some thoughtful commentary along with a comprehensive plan, including security and options for the future.
Our friends at the Friends of San Diego
Paynter's photographs were taken over a period of 40 years as he traveled around the world with his camera in hand, ready to capture the great architecture of the world. Well organized into searchable categories, the collection focuses on the work of well-known modern American, British and European architects, in addition to urban landscapes from Medieval to Modern times.
Not forgetting his local stomping grounds, included in the San Diego
More about "West Coast Master"
Ann Jarmusch recently wrote a piece for the San Diego Union Tribune about one of our region's architectural gems, the Neurosciences Institute. Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Joseph Wong Design Associates and completed in 1995, it has served as the venue for two of SDAF's Inside the Design Studio series. If you've not yet made some time to drink this stunning local structure in, we highly recommend it.
Click here to read Jarmusch's SDUT piece.Credit: Michael Moran
Cover story in Wednesday's Reader! Featured on Stepping Out With Barbarella on NBC Morning News this Thursday! Drink specials, door prizes, thinking, drinking and presentations at Quality Social on January 20! All in all, PechaKucha Nights rock!
Thank you, San Diego, for making PechaKucha Nights so successful. As part of an International 'family' of chapters, we are very proud to represent this region, and offer up such awesome presenters. Cheers!
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In August of 2010 Mayor Jerry Sanders and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs announced a plan to eliminate vehicular traffic from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama. The estimated $33 million project is intended to restore the Plaza to its original 1915 state by allowing only East-bound traffic across the Cabrillo Bridge and then directing it to a 900-space parking garage to the South of Spreckels Organ Pavilion via a new bypass. Diagrams of the plan can be seen here and here.
Though many have expressed their support for getting rid of the approximately 70 parking spaces within the Plaza, opposition to the proposed plan has continued to gain momentum since the Park Committee held a public discussion on the matter January 8th. At the head of this opposition is the Save our Heritage Organization, arguing that while restoring it to its intended purpose is a good idea, this plan would require dramatically altering other areas of the park, and damaging landscapes and views of the park from the South.
What are your thoughts? We encourage you to check out both sides of the issue and tell us what you think.
Ban cars from park bridge, public says; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego 1/8/11
Zoo questions parking solution for Plaza de Panama; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego 12/22/10
Plaza Plan for Park Unveiled; Roger Showley, SignOnSanDiego, 8/31/10
Our friends at Rebuild Global, a local non-profit, are giving designers an opportunity to give back to their community. The 2nd annual ProjectFIND Design Competition is asking all socially responsible designers to return to the drawing board and take a stand for something that is important to you and submit a design for anything worth doing in your community and Rebuild will make it happen. Last year's winner submitted a network of school gardens across San Diego county. Rebuild has already built out the first garden in Little Italy and Architect Kevin deFreitas has volunteered his time to assist in the design of the second garden in Sherman Heights.
After the success of the competition’s first completion in November of last year, Rebuild Global continues with the effort to create a shift in the way designers collectively think about and act upon the challenges in the communities they live, love and grow in. The organization is once again seeking the talents of individuals in San Diego to be the voice that will educate and inspire others to seek out creative solutions. For more info visit projectfindcompetition.com/about
Due to the level of excitement over this project and to accommodate those entrants who have been busy studying and preparing for and taking finals, Rebuild Global has extended the competition through the holidays. The new deadline to register and submit will be January 15th, 2011 with the winner announced on February 1st. They have also added up to $500 cash prize for first place. They are anxious to see all of your inspiring proposals, so keep them coming!
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