Balcones house is perched on the edge of a fractured limestone cliff, which is a part of the echelon of the Balcones fault. Rooms look either downhill into the tops of trees in the ravine below or uphill into the rock gardens behind the house. We rebuilt and reconceived a house originally on the site, designed in by Jonathan Bowman. We kept the site strategy of the original house, as well as its limestone rubble walls in order to maintain the modest Case-Study era scale.
Christine Hannemann and Karin Hauser from the field of Architectural and Housing Sociology at the University of Stuttgart investigated what forms of housing contribute to successful integration. In , they published their findings as a book, which we present as part of the series Publizieren! Living is more than having a roof over your head. Which living concepts enable and facilitate personal contact and joint activities?
The culture of innovation indelibly linked to the San Francisco Bay Area does not stop with information technology. The collective goal is to create new and better ways to build more structurally sound, more environmentally sustainable, more functional and aesthetically pleasing buildings—all while extracting additional value for every dollar. Clark Pacific has led innovation in precast concrete manufacturing for architectural cladding. Now the company is expanding its precast concrete panel technology from the cladding to the structure and is completing both at the first vertically post-tensioned buildings in Northern California: the ,square-foot Comstock Graduate Housing on the Stanford University campus.
The housing question is a universal question. Everywhere, it speaks differently but directly to the challenges that define our times: social inequality, ecological crisis, displacement, asylum, migration, and privatisation. Its formats range from architectural research to literary and artistic projects.