Gary Strang Lecture Poster

The School of Landscape Architecture and School of Architecture of the Academy of Art University are proud to host the 2014 Fall Lecture Series!

Join us in welcoming Ines Dantas  of wuda* (Wurfbaum Dantas Architects), Gary Strang of GLS Landscape|Architecture, and Michelle Delk of Snohetta, and learn about the latest and greatest projects in Architecture and Landscape Architecture both in the United States and across the globe.

All lectures commence at 6:30 pm  at 601 Brannan Street first floor presentation space on the dates listed below:

Monday, September 22 : Ines Dantas, wuda*, Wurfbaum Dantas Architects

Wednesday, September 24 : Gary Strang, GLS Landscape|Architecture

Monday, September 29: Michelle Delk, Snohetta

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Park(ing) Day 2014!

,parkingday_alldate_headerOn the third Friday in September every year, Park(ing) Day, conscientious citizens take to the streets, reclaim public parking spaces and convert them to temporary one-day public open spaces!

In 2013, the School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter took the lead in participating in this important and exciting event by creating a space that was home to a Bicycle powered cell phone charging station. The design was successful in pulling in pedestrians from the street and creating a space in which people could interact, get a bit of exercise in, all while charging their phones. You can see some of the images from this event below:






With Park(ing) Day 2014 only a few short weeks away, we encourage you to join the School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter in designing and implementing another successful installation.

You can get in touch with the ASLA student Affiliate Chapter by requesting to be added to their Facebook Group, and/or contacting the President, Eric Arneson via email at “pangeaexpress@yahoo.com” to request information about the Fall inaugural ASLA student Affiliate Chapter meeting where Park(ing) Day will be discussed.

So, Put on your thinking caps and get ready to create and engage with your AAU and San Francisco community!

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This is an installation you wont want to miss!

“Art star Ai Weiwei was still, at press time, forbidden to travel outside China. Which makes the setting of his latest installation, @Large, at San Francisco’s notorious former prison, more than a little pointed. What you’ll see remains under wraps – blame his precarious situation – but you will visit some rooms usually off-limits to tourists. Regular $30 Ferry tickets went on sale 90 days in advance, but pricier tickets on each day’s 8:45 a.m. sailing have been released for the show’s entire run. From $50; Sept 27 – Apr 26; parksconservancy.org”  Source: Sunset Magazine , September 14th Issue


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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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