Category: Inspirations: Design

Noise Study at West Oakland BART Station


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This research project was undertaken in Spring of 2016, with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the issues of noise related to the BART elevated light rail in...

San Francisco’s Central Subway: Part I – The Roots of Tunneling


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As a native New Yorker I spent years riding the subway before moving to San Francisco. Although San Franciscans may assume that this experience is not one I would want...

San Francisco’s Central Subway: Part II – Underground Stations


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The Union Square and Market Street Station (UMS) is located in a downtown area with abundant shopping and places to meet.  As you can see in the section  below, the...

Glen Park BART Station


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At a BART event in August 2009 BART director Tom Radulovich said, “Glen Park BART station is the crown jewel in the system.” I wondered why and set out to...

Jean Nouvel: Architecture, Space & Time


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French Architect Jean Nouveau talks about place-making in relation to his projects that were inspired by Arab & Islamic Architecture. (10:45 min)

Lessons from Living in a House Designed by William Wurster


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I was educated as an architect, but most of my best design lessons have been derived from daily life in the built environment.  Perhaps the strongest influence on my aesthetic...

Architectural Ornament in Heraldry and Emblems


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When we look at architectural ornament in the categories of heraldry and emblems, we  find  abstract compositions that no longer imply a physical connection, as was the case with human,...

Architectural Ornament in Plant Forms


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When used as ornament in western architecture plants have generally been rendered naturalistically as if they grew on the buildings they adorned, as shown in the example below. Plants are...