9|11 Reflecting Absence


On this day thirteen years ago tragedy struck America. The reverberations of which have been felt across the globe ever since. Today we remember 9|11 through images of a beautifully executed design of  an open space memorial by Architect Michael Arad, and Landscape Architect Peter Walker that serves as a space for remembrance.

The Memorial commemorates the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Pentagon, and the World Trade Center attack of February 26, 1993. Two fountain-lined voids, on the locations of the destroyed twin towers, and a surrounding forest of oak trees form the core of the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York City and provide a place for contemplation and remembrance within this revitalized urban center.” – Source: ASLA.org

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Join the Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture on Saturday September 13th, 2014 from 10 am – 2pm for a day of exploration throughout the newly developed Mission Bay district of San Francisco.

We’ll be doing lots of walking; Wear comfortable shoes, bring your camera, sketchbook, and money for lunch.

RSVP by Thursday, September 11th to  Sara Giarratana:

Check out our proposed route below. We hope to see you next Saturday!

Mission Bay-Urban Hike proposed route


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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

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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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