Swissnex Design Workshop


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@LARGE Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz


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NOMADgardens is a “temporary ‘roaming’ community garden (workshop and event space) that can be placed in any ‘available’ parcel of Mission Bay and be easily relocated upon the parcel’s sale.”


NOMADgardens was founded by Stephanie Goodson who is a “change agent and design opportunist dedicated to establishing citizen-sustained communities. She founded Nomad Gardens with a desire to facilitate projects that build community.”

The main goal of this organization is to:


At their plot on 1401 4th Street in Mission Bay, NOMADgardens provides community members and garden enthusiasts with a 2′x4′ plot where for $20 a month they can grow their very own organic produce that they can harvest and enjoy!

This Saturday July 19th, NOMADgardens will be hosting a volunteer event from 10:00am – 12:30pm where you can go to the  garden and meet up with fellow gardeners to help with work projects and beautifying the garden!




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Wondering about Jobs and Internships?

Your Career, Our Advice
Friday June 27th – 79 New Montgomery Street Theater

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Our Top 5 tips for career success: including what makes a stellar resume, learn portfolio best practices, and why your art needs to be online.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Perfect your pitch: your dream company or favorite gallery asks you about your work. What do you say? We’ve got the answers!

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Rebuild by Design

Tuesday, June 24, 7–8:30 pm

Rebuild by Design (RBD) is a unique competition that responds to Hurricane Sandy by asking the world’s most talented design professionals to envision solutions that increase resilience across the Sandy-affected region. Gena Wirth of SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC and Daniel Pittman from OMA discuss their winning designs. The presentations are followed by a panel discussion with RBD jurors. This program complements the exhibition Designing for Disaster, which is open to attendees before the talk.

1.5 LU HSW (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 PDH (LA CES)



Visit the Museum Shop to learn about the ecological history of one of the most man-made spots on earth with Ted Steinberg’s Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York.


This program is generously sponsored by Rebuild by Design and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Designing for Disaster is generously supported by Lafarge North America; The Home Depot Foundation; American Red Cross.


Mark your calendar…

Thursday, June 26
Keystone Society aMAZEing Lawn Party and Maze Buildout Tour #1

Friday, June 27
Maze Buildout Tour #2

Saturday, June 28 – New addition!
Construction Watch Tour: Passive House, Members only

Monday, June 30
Maze Buildout Tour #3

Tuesday, July 1
Maze Buildout Tour #4

Missed a program and want to hear more?
Visit the Museum’s website for a searchable library of past program audio and video.

To join the Passive House Construction Watch Tour and to attend other programs for a reduced price, become a member today.

Photo: A 150-year-old home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Union Beach, New Jersey. Photo by Flickr user Ed Stoerger.

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Market Street Event

“We have the opportunity to build the most vibrant street in America, but only if we invite our city’s creative spirit to do it with us.”

-Neil Hrushowy, Manager, City Design Group, San Francisco Planning Department



The Market Street Prototyping Festival, October 2-4, offers artists and designers the rare opportunity to test-drive their boldest ideas for activating sidewalks and creating a vibrant public realm on one of the country’s most public stages: San Francisco’s Market Street.

I’m delighted to be a member of the Festival team and urge you to submit your ideas for this unique happening.

To learn more, join us Tuesday, June 17, for a kick-off and orientation event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 6 to 8 pm. There is no cost but RSVPs are encouraged.

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Lisa Zimmerman



“The creativity of our communities should be reflected in our streets”

-Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS: Open Call for Market Street Prototyping Festival



As part of a larger plan to redesign San Francisco’s main street, the city’s planning department has partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival, seeking ideas to help reshape 36 blocks of the city’s central corridor.

The Festival will take place along Market Street, from Van Ness to the Embarcadero, October 2-4, 2014. Ideas that activate the sidewalks and create a vibrant public realm will be accepted through July 3. Up to 50 proposals will receive $2,000 each to build a prototype, which will be showcased at the Festival.

Any individual, business or nonprofit can submit a proposal. The idea should aim to improve public spaces in a way that engages the community and encourages them to think differently about the city’s streets and squares.

A kickoff event for the Festival will be held on June 17 from 6pm to 8pm at YBCA. Registration for the event is free.



One Street: Five Very Different Districts

Walking Market Street, from Van Ness to the Embarcadero, is an experience of diversity. Every few blocks the character and energy of the street change.

With this in mind, selected design teams will be matched with one of five zones or districts on Market Street (Civic Center, Central Market, Retail, Financial, Embarcadero). They will work with community members to take into account their needs and preferences as well as the character of that slice of Market Street.



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World Cup Fever!


As the world is glued to the “Brazuca” ball that is head bumped and kicked across stadiums in Brazil to determine the winner of the 2014 World Cup, we decided to get the low down on the design of the ball itself.

Adidas’s website states:

  • The Brazuca uses a groundbreaking six-panel design, which improves symmetry, uniformity and efficiency. Brazuca COVER: Six panels of premium PU that has been bonded for reduced water absorption and perfect roundness. Revolutionary panel shape creates flight speed and enhances roundness. Brazuca BLADDER: Latex for excellent rebound
  • Vibrant colors on the ball reflect those of the Brazilian flag as well as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup. The colourful wish bands that the locals wear is brought across by the rhythmic and fluid use of the colors on the ball. The stars in the design harks back to the national flag but also reflects their status as World Cup winners.

Looking at the ball, we can’t help but question whether the design of the vibrant colors and bands were inspired by Brazilian Landscape Architect Roberto Burle Marx’s amazing gardens, parks, and paving patterns that introduced modernist design to Brazil’s landscapes….Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think….

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Volunteer Opportunities

Summer is the perfect time to get out and give back to the community, and we have a couple of options for volunteer work opportunities for you!

1) Help end Hunger and Poverty with Heifer Volunteers:


2) Keep San Francisco CLEAN & GREEN:


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Spring Show 2014


The School of Landscape Architecture dazzled thousands of people that attended the the opening of the 2014 Spring Show at the Academy of Art University on Monday May 19th.

Two Japanese maples against a bright red wall, and a line of floating red boxes overhead served as the perfect threshold to the space that for a few short days was home to some of the best work that our students have created to date! The clarity and precision of the space provided a perfect backdrop for our students’ work which received continual positive feedback throughout the day from both our AAU colleagues as well as from professionals brought in by other departments to interview their graduates: Game Design, Animation, Urban Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography , among others. Everybody was intrigued and very much impressed by our students’ work.

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IMG_3144Thank you to all instructors and staff that helped design and implement this successful space, and a major thanks to our students who continue to raise the bar every semester!


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Job Opportunity!

Alcatraz Landing is looking for a part-time employee to water and care for the garden beds at Pier 33. These planters are home to a vibrant and historical variety of succulents, flowers and other native plants. Alcatraz Landing is part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and is a cultural landmark of San Francisco. Implement your knowledge of horticulture to tend to the needs of each individual plant species.

  • You determine your schedule
    • 2-3 days a week
    • Early morning or after 3 PM
  • $20 per hour
  • Parking Available

Please contact Denise Rasmussen at Alcatraz Cruises and Sara Giarratana with your Resume and introductory letter.

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