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San Francisco Building That Survived 1906 Earthquake Could Become Historic Landmark Bourdette Building is the only small-scale brick commercial building in the city’s downtown area left standing after one of the most significant earthquakes in history shook up the city, crumbling about 28,000 buildings and sparking fires that destroyed almost 500 city blocks. Located at Second and Mission streets, the two-story Bourdette Building, built in 1904 and designed by local architects Walter D. Bliss and William B. Faville, is now sandwiched between skyscrapers. The building has seen a number of alterations, including seismic repairs in 1995 and recent re-roofing. The San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission has recommended that the Board of Supervisors designate the Bourdette Building as a historic landmark, but the building’s trustee, Gloria Yee, opposes the status because she believes it would reduce the property value. [San Francisco Examiner]
Step Up Skanska promoted John Maloblocki to vice president and regional executive of Skanska Integrated Solutions, a division within Skanska that provides consulting, program/project management and agency construction management services. The company also hired John Dudasch as vice president for its civil business unit in the West.
Temple Beth El, Minoru Yamasaki. A very Saarinen-y Yamasaki. pic.twitter.com/oWMyFVQ9o0— Alexandra Lange (@LangeAlexandra) November 6, 2015
One is the Loneliest Building The Pinkcomma gallery has an exhibit of photos by David Schalliol, a sociologist who photographs freestanding structures in urban settings, like the ones above. [ARCHITECT]
Up, Up, and Away ... Architecture and comics have enjoyed a long, strange relationship, with architects using cartoons to convey their ideas, such as the drawing by Moon Hoon of the firm Moonbalsso (above). With Architecture in Comic-Strip Form, the National Museum–Architecture in Oslo, Norway, traces the interdisciplinary action over the course of a century. [ARCHITECT]
Be Inspired On Wednesday, Bentley Systems announced the winners of its 2015 Be Inspired Awards during its annual Year in Infrastructure conference, held in London for the third consecutive year. This year, Bentley received 364 submissions from firms in 55 countries across 18 categories, which cover innovations in building, structures, construction, mining, and water treatment plants. In the Innovation in Building category, architecture and planning studio Robin Partington & Partners won for its use of parametric design and building information modeling on 1 Merchant Square, in London (above). [ARCHITECT]
Tracking Home Trends The AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey shows continued reason for optimism. Business continues its rise to levels not seen since before the housing collapse, the sector has enjoyed 13 straight quarters with billings and inquiries on the uptick, and the demand for larger homes is growing once again. A sibling of the monthly Architecture Billings Index, the survey, conducted quarterly among a panel of about 500 firms, tracks broad trends in key areas such as size and layout, features and systems, and communities, while touching on business conditions among residential architecture design firms across the country. [ARCHITECT]
Awards: Enter Now!
Deadlines Extended! The 63rd annual Progressive Architecture Awards program is now accepting submissions. The winners of our annual program honoring unbuilt designs are published in the February issue. Regular deadline is today, with the late deadline (and extra $50 per entry) Wednesday, Nov. 11. Enter now!
Enter the 2016 AIA Housing Awards, a program that has grown over the last decade to include consideration of energy usage. The main goal, always and most importantly, is the importance of good housing. The award program's categories are one- and two-family custom residences, one- and two-family production homes, multifamily housing, and specialized housing. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Nov. 20.
The Graham Foundation's Carter Manny Award recognizes doctoral students working on dissertation topics in architecture. Applications are available online now and due Nov. 15.
The Urban Land Institute is now accepting applications to compete in its student competition to design an urban planning and development scenario. Teams must apply by Dec. 7.
Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.
AIA|DC is accepting entries for the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward excellent reporting of architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. The annual prize is $5,000. Deadline is Dec. 31.
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