Place | Space | Design


Friday September 19th, marked the ninth year of the annual Park(ing) Day global event in which designers, artists, and citizens convert street parking spaces to temporary public open spaces for all to enjoy.

Dynamic and participatory are two words that can describe  The School of Landscape Architecture’s dedicated ASLA student affiliate chapter installation that was located at 460 Townsend Street. Their installation allowed pedestrians to be a part of Park(ing) Day by encouraging them to design the selected parking space the way they envisioned it.

Using cut-outs of the various elements that the students had available on site, pedestrians were able to envision the space in plan view on a magnetic board, then watch it come to life as the student team assembled the design before their very eyes.



By the end of the day, the students had assembled over fifteen different variations of the design which they were able to capture in a fantastic video that can be viewed here.







AAU Park(ing) Day Video

Photos Courtesy of Avery Hu, and Alex Zheng



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Ines Dantas

The Fall Lecture series will kick off tonight with an exciting presentation by Ines Dantas from WUDA* Munich.

This lecture will occur at 6:30pm PST in Room 115 (Atrium Presentation Space).

It will also be live streamed with the ability to interact and ask questions:

Below is information on WUDA* and Ines’ biography.

We hope to see you there.


Ines Dantas | WUDA* | Munich

Monday September 22nd 6:30pm •

WUDA* is a young cross-cultural architecture practice founded by Inês Dantas and Florian Wurfbaum. WUDA* ‘s work covers design-projects, research and consulting activities within interdisciplinary strategies and international teams, establishing diverse partnerships and collaborations. At the current time WUDA *  has on-going projects in Portugal, in Germany and in the United Kingdom. * WUDA benefits from the diverse cultural approaches to architecture from its founding partners and collaborators. Architecture is both a catalyst and an interface with other disciplines at different scales translating these in spatial, tectonic and territorial strategies.

Projects delve a spatial culture that integrates urban, technological, socio-cultural arguments with their inherent changes of paradigm. * WUDA has been awarded prizes in international competitions (Austrian Pavilion for the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Tejo River Banks in Portugal). * WUDA’s work has gained recognition prizes and nominations in Germany and has been published and exhibited throughout Europe.

Inês Dantas is a Portuguese-born architect , co-founder of the practice *WUDA (Munich-London) together with Florian Wurfbaum. Inês splits her activity between professional practice, academic teaching and research. Inês has taught and lectured in several institutions (University of Innsbruck, Milan Politecnico, University of Brighton, Architectural Association Visiting School Singapore, Rizvi College of Architecture Mumbai) and is pursuing a PhD by Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture funded by the Fundacao da Ciencia e Tecnologia.

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NOMADgardens Volunteer Day!


NOMADgardens is hosting a workday at their location in Mission Bay from 10am – 2pm on Saturday September 20th . They will be installing 20 new garden plots, and building benches for the space! If you are interested in joining them, please RSVP on this Google form. 

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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:

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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 “” 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;”  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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