Congratulations to NewSchool Grads, Faculty and Friends

More than 100 students graduated from NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) today, the largest class in its 30-year history. Commencement exercises were held this morning at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla.

Kicking the ceremony off was a Friday night open house at the school, showcasing the work of graduating seniors and master’s degree candidates. Read more »


Monument Dream for San Diego?



The SDAF's very own Jerry Shonkwiler has a big dream for San Diego - a monument to rival the Statue of Liberty. Read more.



Jerry Shonkwiler shows on a map where he thinks a statue could go
(photo by John Lamb).

Coronado Bridge concepts are finally illuminated

After months of design work, the proposals for the lighting of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge from the three selected firms have been revealed and presented to the public on June 9th. If you missed it, you can view videos of the three proposals here.  Bridge Architect and our inaugural "Inside the Design Studio" luminary Robert Mosher attended the presentation. See San Diego Union-Tribune's account of what he had to say about the proposals here.  Which is your favorite? Let us know.

Destination: Historic Designation - Part 2

Cecil and Virginia Roper Residence by Loch Crane (ca. 1964), a.k.a. 'Cape May Modern'.

Two and a half years after submitting an application for historic designation, Greg Strangman’s home in Ocean Beach (above) was granted the rarified status. The two-year process is dramatically longer today than in years past. As the City of San Diego cuts resources, the citizenry must deal with such delays. The good news is, with Greg’s help, we are crafting an owner’s guide (through this series of posts) to designating a home. Read more »

Chargers Unveil Their Vision


The Chargers shared a vision for their future playing field - and our downtown on Wednesday, having released the first rendering of an “urban” stadium proposed for downtown San Diego.
Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani called the proposed 10 acre site the team’s “last best option.” The 62,000-seat, $800 million venue would located near 17th Street and Imperial Avenue.

In a report filed yesterday, the San Diego Couty Grand Jury also had a few thoughts on the matter, including the following: Read more »

And The $25,000 Winner Is...

2010-05-07-market-creek-014.jpgThe Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation was named the 2010 winner of the $25,000 Community Vision Award grant Wendesday night, based on the project Village at Market Creek.
The other finalists included Mission Hills Town Coucil, based on the project 1MIssion; and Little Italy Association, based on The Q. Clearly the decision was not an easy one, but ultimately the committee was thoroughly moved by the multicultural strength and outstanding collaborative efforts that have proved so effective in the transformation of this prominsing neighborhood.
Click 'read more' below for additional photos and the project description, and visit again soon for event photos and more details about the award and event!
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East Village Revamp


A team of students from North Carolina has reimagined urban living in San Diego's East Village with their winning entry in the 2010 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.
The winning proposal, called “Family Oriented Development/F.O.D.,” emphasizes neighborhood diversity, affordability to families of mixed incomes, and walkability. Recognizing the importance of providing housing for families within urban neighborhoods, their plan accommodates the diverse needs of families of all sizes, ages, and economic levels and incorporates many critical family-friendly elements, such as community space, connectivity, public arts, and job incubation.
“Cities all across the U.S. face the issue of accommodating families with children in denser neighborhoods and it’s one we need to address. This team took it on in a very brave solution,” said Jury Co-Chairman Bert Gregory, FAIA, LEED-AP, and president and chief executive officer of Mithun in Seattle.
The competition encouraged students to respond to the city’s goals of tripling the current downtown residential capacity to 90,000 and doubling the downtown workforce to 165,000.
Although there is no intention that the students' plans will be implemented as part of any development of the site, they may serve as some "out of the box" inspiration for local developers.
Check out the story in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Check out more images of the winning proposal and the runners-up.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Orchid Winner!


First Lady Michelle Obama tours New Roots Community Garden yesterday, winner of a Special Jury Mention Orchid in 2009:
"Located on a small 2.5 acre lot in City Heights, a grass roots effort has finally taken hold to create San Diego’s first community farm. One juror noted “Kudos to the groups’ collective perseverance in spending three years and over $50K in City of San Diego required permits and processing to get this project out of the ground”."
We're thrilled to see this beautiful community effort get the national recognition it so richly deserves!

Read more about the New Roots Community Garden  here.
More about Mrs. Obama's visit:
Huffington Post

Destination: Historic Designation. The First in a Series

Among the myriad ways to discuss, categorize, appreciate and value architecture is understanding our region’s historic sites inventory. As the number and caliber of decades-old residential, institutional and commercial buildings can decrease through remodeling and demolition, the number can also increase as the citizenry push local officials to designate local treasures as historic.

We recently sat down with local real estate developer Greg Strangman of L.W.P. Group to discuss his 5th historic building – in this case the designation of his own home, the Cecil and Virginia Roper Residence by Loch Crane (ca. 1964). The seaside getaway of lava rock, wood and glass remains intact while other similar designs by former (pre-WW2) Taliesin Fellow Crane of the same era have gone nearly extinct.
As an architecture enthusiast, and one who has built a career out of redeveloping San Diego’s historic fabric, Strangman pursued protection of his home for two reasons: to protect the home whenever it transfers ownership, and to take advantage of healthy property tax savings. Following historic designation, with Mills Act protection, a homeowner can enjoy tax savings up to 70%. Read more »

How Many Billboards


In our unplanned, ongoing series of cool cities doing cool things, have a look at Los Angeles' MAK Center for Art and Architecture's exhibition of "How Many Billboards". billboard_kori_newkirk.jpg Read more »

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