Playful urban escape with swings, food and firepits opens soon in San Francisco

June 17, 2016 by  
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There’s a new event space opening up this month in San Francisco ’s Mission Bay. Despite its 16,000 square foot lot, Spark Social SF is a gathering spot designed to feel cozy and intimate. Developed by the SoMa StrEat Food Park team, inspiration for the project came naturally in response to the neighborhood’s limited dining options. Spark was designed to bring together the neighborhood in a warm and welcoming space that includes a beer and sangria garden, spaces for gatherings, and a rotating selection of more than 150 local food trucks . But Spark is more than simply a lunch venue or event space. Once visitors are done exploring the food trucks and bar, they’ll encounter what amounts to a delightful playground for adults: with front-porch style swings and firepits dotting the lot, along with a relaxing grassy knoll, large-scale games to enjoy, and a vintage double-decker bus open to the public. The space was designed and built by San Francisco-based LMNOP Design , which handled everything from initial concept and branding to the actual fabrication and construction. During the design process, LMNOP was committed to keeping the space as flexible as possible. For instance, while normally food trucks will be parked in a central location within the lot, they can also easily slide into spaces at the edge of the track to create a continuous central space for large events. Related: “World’s most environmental” restaurant opens in San Francisco LMNOP also kept sustainability in mind when constructing the venue. The majority of the lumber used in the project was sourced directly from J+C Enterprises, a family-owned business in Northern California which provided salvaged cedar from a 2012 wild fire in Lassen National Forest. If you’re in the Bay Area and you’d like to experience Spark Social for yourself, you don’t have long to wait. The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 and will feature live music and events throughout the weekend. It’s located on 4th Street between Mission Bay Boulevard North and Missions Bay Boulevard South. Just visit the Spark Social site for more details. + Spark Social SF + LMNOP Design

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World’s largest light sculpture will permanently illuminate San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

January 28, 2016 by  
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A simple town house transformed into a playful kindergarten in Vietnam

January 28, 2016 by  
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Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

December 18, 2015 by  
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A Bay Area commuter approaching Terra Linda from US 101 will notice something strange just east of the freeway in San Rafael. A futuristic, robin egg blue spaceship emerges majestically from the expansive landscape, then transforms into a massive structure that is dwarfed only by the two valleys it spans. This unusual and eyecatching building, the Marin County Civic Center , was nominated in early 2015 for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright ’s final and largest public project. But to science-fiction fans the striking structure carries a different meaning, as it was an inspiration to both George Lucas in Star Wars , as well as science fiction director Andrew Niccol. Read the rest of Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

August 8, 2014 by  
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Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans – it’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival ! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design have curated a fantastic program of architecture-related events that runs all September long – including eye-opening films , lectures by celebrated architects and designers, and tours that give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s most breathtaking homes and buildings . (Check out a few of our favorite projects from past years in the gallery below.) Spots are sure to fill up fast – so check out this year’s program and register today ! + Architecture and the City Festival + AIA SF + Center for Architecture + Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arch + City , architecture and the city festival , architecture festival , Green Building , green design , Green Design Events , San Francisco , san francisco bay area , SF Bay Area , sustainable design , Urban design

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Levi’s Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

July 23, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

July 23, 2014 by  
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Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day —even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water ? From lead paint in older homes to an overabundance of chlorine in a municipal supply, there may be many toxins lurking in the water we consume every single day, and it’s scary to think that monitoring water quality has only been happening for a little over a century! Read on to see how water safety has evolved over the years, and how you can ensure that your own drinking supply is clean and healthy. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angie’s List , clean water , clean water supply , drinking water , fertilizer , infographic , medications , Michael Schroeder , municipal water supply , pesticides , tap water , toxins , water issues , water safety , water testing , well , wells

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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Marin Civic Center in San Rafael Turns 50

September 23, 2013 by  
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State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Public Utilities

August 25, 2013 by  
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As the 200 square mile ‘Rim Fire’ continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park , Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the City and County of San Francisco . While the city sits a full 150 miles east of the wildfire, the blaze poses a sizable threat to San Francisco’s infrastructure. With some transmission lines already knocked out, Brown has raised concerns that not only could San Francisco’s power be impacted, but that further growth of the fire could threaten a reservoir that provides 85% of the water for the city’s 2.6 million residents. Read the rest of State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Public Utilities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , bay area , blackout , California , hydroelectric , infrastructure , jerry brown , Rim Fire , San Francisco , San Francisco Public Utilities Commission , sfpuc , state of emergency , wildfire , Yosemite        

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‘The Shack’ is a Marin County Retreat with Restored Old-Growth Timber Features

May 24, 2013 by  
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