Happy New Year!
2018 is going to be full of opportunities to maximize our potential and I am excited to see what the future holds!
The Temple Akiba, remodeled by HCLA Architecture, is a lovely gesture supporting this sentiment. Originally built and designed by Robert A Kennard in 1965, Temple Akiba was ready for a transformational new design.
HCLA enhanced the spiritual quality of this sacred space by adding light, dimension and color through nuanced fenestration, ceremonial outdoor spaces, and the use of simple and elegant materials. The result is a series of layered sacred spaces that convey a sense of peace.
I hope you enjoy viewing the images as much as I enjoyed creating them.
I wish the best for you in 2018!
Designed by Deanna Van Buren, co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, this awesome mobile school for adults is the first of its kind in the nation. Five Keys Charter School plans to bring “The Self-Determination Project” directly into some of San Francisco’s most neglected communities to increase residents’ immediate access to programs and achieve their high school diploma. Donated by SF Muni and outfitted by google, the bus has been completely transformed into a state-of-the-art classroom.
I was honored to be part of this project!
Click here to view a touching video about this program and its impact.
Click here to read more about it.
Awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s highest Green Ribbon designation in 2016, Bishop O’Dowd High School has a division strictly dedicated to sustainability. This division recommends and implements a wide range of programs to enable greater sustainability practices both on campus and in the community at large.
Part of its dedication to this directive was the creation of Bishop O’Dowd’s Environmental Studies Building. Designed by Siegel & Strain Architects and the Bishop O’Dowd sustainability team, this Zero Net Energy and Zero Net Water building was constructed in part with materials harvested from the site. The structure facilitates an hands-on environmental education program where the students learn about sustainability first hand.
San Francisco’s “Pavements to Parks” program is an incredible organization that is testing the possibilities of underutilized areas along San Francisco’s streets and public rights-of way. Designed to be public laboratories for the City to work with communities and test new ideas in public, the projects are meant to be temporary with a possibility of permanence.
Designed Pro-bono by Perkins + Will, “Playland at 43rd Avenue” is an awesome demonstration of how transformative this program can be.
When I visit a site, inherently I want to study the environment to see how people flow through it. How do they occupy the space? Where do they gather? What furniture do they actually use? With all my work, the intention is to understand how humanity interacts with the design. After that is clear I can then populate my imagery with people as they would truly utilize the space.
This video studies both the environment and photographic process at 888 Brannan, designed by Gensler, and Airbnb’s Offices in San Francisco, by Interior Design Fair.
Integrating both organic architectural design and sustainable building practices, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver is by far the most beautiful project included in my study of deep green architecture thus far.
Designed by Perkins+Will and engineered by Integral Group, the VanDusen Visitor Centre was named the Most Sustainable Building of 2014 by World Architecture News and was Canada’s first project to apply for Living Building Certification. With LEED-NC-Platinum certification the structure was designed to be net-zero energy, net-zero waste, and net-zero water.
In photographing the VanDusen I really wanted to see if I could capture something a little bit more than had been captured in the past. Structurally the building is breathtaking, no doubt. However, could the careful addition of people into the imagery bring this space to life? I think so…
It was such an honor to photograph this site and to continue giving the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre the publicity it deserves. It is an exciting addition to my collection of Deep Green Building and has energized me to keep the project moving forward.
For the full photo shoot please visit the “New Work” gallery on my website:
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love photographing high-profile commercial projects. But to be truly honest, the work that brings me the most joy are those that are actively working toward uplifting the community they serve.
Architecture and design firm Perkins+Will did an awesome pro-bono historic renovation for the new Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco. This project, though small in scale, has an impact beyond measure. Focused on the rich history of the Tenderloin, known as a seedier part of the city, this museum shines a light on the neighborhood’s role in shaping San Franciscan heritage and American culture over the years.
While on-site photographing this project it became clear that the locals have established a symbiotic relationship with the museum and its general manager—the museum staff and neighbors look out for each other, and the museum has become a safe-haven for the city’s most vulnerable residents. It was inspiring to see the real ways in which the museum honors the community they represent.
For more information about this project visit the Perkins + Will blog.