Dismantling Houses

The Open Architecture Collaborative takes up tools at 2017 Leadership Summit In February, Rice University’s architecture building wore some encouraging impromptu signage: WE – WILL – NOT – BUILD – YOUR – WALL. The handful of students at work that weekend were surprised but not alarmed by the presence of some 20 international professionals in their…

Open Arch SF 2017: A Look Back

Not that anybody needs a reminder, but 2016 was a LONG YEAR! So long in fact we welcomed it under a different name. During the period when the Open Architecture Collaborative identified itself, built a board of directors, and quietly secured a 501(c)3, the “San Francisco Chapter” had its own rebuilding to do.

Visibling cities

You’d think Calvino’s Marco Polo encountered 2015 Detroit in his strange travels. He would have told of a downtown overrun with ornate, unpeopled buildings and unhindered automobiles. A slender rail line weaves through the air among skyscrapers, along which a periodic train completes twenty-minute clockwise circuits; it’s called the People Mover but has no passengers.…

PortolaSF Tour & Revitalization Prospects

(AFHSF) On Tuesday, May 19, eight AFHSF Chapter volunteers joined the Portola neighborhood’s Arts & Beautification Committee meeting to trade thoughts on some neighborhood revitalization projects in discussion – including a second Portola pocket park, for the Thronton cul-de-sac, and building a proposal to give a facade-lift to community icon, the Avenue Theater. The Portola committee…

[SF Chapter] March Meeting Notes

(AFHSF) Continuing our response to the January announcement of AFH HQ’s closing, the SF Chapter has taken the opportunity, over the past two meetings, to assess our ongoing local role in the Public Interest Design space. This month was focused on leadership structure. In a nutshell: Matt Baker, Chapter Director, takes us through the eight-year…