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All the Cool Architecture Firms Do Projects on Old Navy Bases

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The Dwell on Design schedule says Craig Hartman from Skidmore Owings & Merrill is supposed talk about the Treasure Island project which would make for a SOM vs. Pugh + Scarpa Navy Land Redevelopment Project Showdown, but it looks like he’ll be going over their proposal for the Transbay Tower instead (which we like to call the Crystal Cathedral). Oh, duh: He’s obviously trying to sway some more votes before the deadline. Way to work it, Hartman!

Ok, cool, now he’s talking about Treasure Island (which we really hope they rename TI). The 400-acre island plopped in San Francisco Bay is a former Navy base that they’ve making into a mixed-use environmentally sensitive residential community. It will be connected with new ferries to the mainland, and linked with a bus system and possibly some alternative forms of personal public transportation. They’ve designed the grid of the city to maximize natural light and minimize wind. And they’ll also have a community farm…inspired by Alice Waters! It all comes around.

Gwynne Pugh counters with Pugh + Scarpa’s Navy project: a 15-acre Navy waterfront parcel in San Diego. With close proximity to the water it needed to serve at a gateway to the city with a relationship to the waterfront–”more like Nice,” says Pugh. The developers came to them with a bad “Irvine-like” plan (OC residents, take that any way you’d like), so they converted it into a more pedestrian-friendly layout using the paseo/plaza model–so pedestrians could move through the larger buildings and still interact with the water.

In this Navy vs. Navy faceoff, we’d say Hartman and SOM win this one, because an island from the bottom up is cooler than revamping the San Diego waterfront.

But wouldn’t it have been cool to have all the Transbay firms go head to head in some kind of McLaughlin Group blowout? We would pay money for that. Okay, back to paying attention.

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Alice Waters Goes Back to School


When Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley asked Alice Waters to spiff up their menu, they had no idea what they were in for. Sure, she agreed to it, she told the audience at Dwell on Design today, but she also came back to them with a few more things she wanted to do…like tear up a parking lot, plant a garden, start composting, make the students and teachers start dining together, and build a new sustainable cafeteria. You know, just a few minor adjustments. But soon the school had not only tied that new menu into every aspect of the school, they had created a new community through food production and preparation. The Edible Schoolyard is the name of that project (with a pretty nice website, too). To spread awareness about it–and encourage other schools to adopt it–the group planted another garden on the Washington Mall.

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Packing Up the Wagon for Dwell on Design


This bird is headed north for the weekend to cover the Dwell on Design conference taking place in the fair city of San Francisco. We’ll resume regular programming as soon as we get set up in the “blogger’s bank,” a sort of wireless playpen with all the accoutrements to keep us sufficiently juiced, fed and at a safe distance from the rest of the non-bloggers (mostly ’cause we’ve been known to get a little vicious when we’re not getting a good connection).

Highlights tomorrow include Michael McDonough, Michelle Kaufmann, Alice Waters and of course, the man who has been following us to these things for quite some time, John Hockenberry. See y’all up there.

UPDATE: Read all of UnBeige’s Dwell on Design coverage.

Dwell’s Serving Up Hot Architects, Home Tours, and a Big Helping of Hockenberry


After lugging the latest, most unbelievably thickest issue ever all the way from our mailbox, we were excited to spot a few details in a summery-covered Dwell about this year’s “Dwell on Design” conference. Held in San Francisco September 14-16, Dwell’s bringing together great minds for conversations on sustainable living, modern architecture and smart growth. In addition to the conference, an exhibition is open to the public for a small fee ($20 now, $25 then). House tours by the AIA are also available separately.

Among the talking heads are star moderator and designer spawn John Hockenberry along with folks like Andrea Cochran, Michelle Kaufmann, Lorcan O’Herlihy and even Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters . Register here; prices go up August 21.