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moore ruble yudell: evolution

issue one / fall 2009

We are pleased to introduce evolution, our new seasonal journal which provides a venue for discussing emerging areas of architectural exploration and engagement. Our work is continuously evolving in response to contemporary needs, aspirations, and technology, even as we learn from the timeless aspects of architecture.

The journal will be organized in two sections:

emerging will discuss issues of relevance to contemporary society with a focus on the interaction of architecture with community, technology, and environment.

posting will provide a clipboard for noting recent and forthcoming engagements of the firm and its individuals.

We have designed evolution so that you might scan it in seconds, read it in minutes, or connect to further sources. As this journal evolves we will seek to keep it fresh and relevant and welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

Catalytic Conversion Innovative Design for Lean Times

UC Berkeley Student Community Center

A partnership of students and administrative leadership at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking to revitalize the historic Lower Sproul Plaza to create a dynamic new center for student life. Built in the 1960s with a masterplan and buildings by Vernon De Mars, the plaza has lost much of the energy of its early years and is widely perceived to be an inhospitable environment.

The aspirations for the new Student Community Center are high. The Center should be a

home for renewal, participation and performance

forum for dialogue, diversity and civic engagement

laboratory for learning, living and demonstrating a sustainable future

The current plaza includes four buildings, three of which comprise over 300,000 square feet in a complex and diverse matrix of student serving programs. Much of this space does not meet current program needs.

Our current challenge is to maintain the highest aspirations even in lean times.

Based in part on a series of student workshops, our approach features a series of strategic interventions combined with the revitalization of approximately 190,000 square feet of existing building. These designs serve to bring greater transparency and connectivity, to enhance interaction and community.

Interior Perspective: before

New construction is limited to 95,000 square feet, including replacing the seismically “poor” eight-story Eshelman Hall with a four-story design which provides flexible space for student activities. The renovated plaza will create a greater diversity of active and passive gathering spaces and a lively network of accessible links between parts of the campus.

Sustainable principles inform the programming and design at every level.

Exterior Perspective: before

The Center creates a rich spectrum of innovative spaces and programs. By strategic renewal and leveraging a series of catalytic projects, the community can better phase in its vision physically, socially, and environmentally, even in lean times. Staying flexible and nimble, while maintaining high aspirations throughout the process of fundraising, will help the campus realize its goals.

posting celebrating
Ruddell House The Story of a House

Architectural Digest
"On the North Shore of Kauai, a Deft Composition Uniquely Suited to Island Living"

The Ruddell House is featured in the October 2009 issue.

Grangegorman AIA California Council Urban Design Award

Grangegorman Masterplan for Dublin Institute of Technology receives an award for "...a very sophisticated, elegant design, weaving together of an urban setting... a remarkable, world-class project; an infill piece of land within the city.” - jury comment

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure House of Cars Exhibition

National Building Museum, Washington, DC
October 17, 2009 - July 11, 2010
Santa Monica Civic Parking Structure will be featured in an exhibition of the parking garage,

Maguire House Bel Air Beauty

Interior Design
Moore Ruble Yudell's Interior Design Studio with Fred Fisher Partners is featured in the June 2009 issue for the renovation of Robert Maguire's home.

US Embassy, Berlin United States Embassy, Berlin

Architectural Record
The United States Embassy, Berlin will be featured in an article in the October 2009 issue.

Clareont McKenna College A Vision for the Future of Claremont McKenna College

The new master plan will support the academic and social mission of the College and harmonize the architecture and landscape of the campus within sustainable patterns of growth.

UCSB Bioengineering Bioengineering Building, UC Santa Barbara

On the forefront of the sciences, the University of California Santa Barbara's Bioengineering Building will be a new home for multi-disciplinary research collaboration.

MIT A New Home for MIT Sloan School of Management

The new 210,000 gsf School of Management creates a social and academic heart for the school. Its high performance integrated design will set new standards for sustainability.

Chun Sen Bi An Chun Sen Bi An: Urban Living along an Ancient Path

An ancient path, which traditionally connected the docklands of the Jialing River to the city, winds its way along the length of the site and offers a sense of history and memory to the new development. Phase I is currently in construction.

Camana Camana Bay

This mixed-use pedestrian oriented town center on Grand Cayman Island creates a lively district of environmentally responsive urbanism.

UVa South Lawn South Lawn Case Study

MARC '09 Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, October 10, 11 am
John Ruble, FAIA and Krista Becker, AIA, LEED AP will present UVa's first LEED Certified project and the South Lawn as an environment for learning.

Gangegorman Grangegorman: An Urban Quarter with an Open Future

XII Biennial, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 3-12
James Mary O'Connor, AIA, will present a lecture on the Grangegorman Masterplan.

Livermore House Building, Environment, and Inhabitants in Harmony

Monterey AIA / Monterey Museum of Art, Lecture Series, October 16, 5:30 pm.
Buzz Yudell, FAIA and Tina Beebe will look at scales of placemaking and how buildings evolve in response to culture and environment.

Steger Center for Student Life Defining Urban Campuses

AIA/LA Design Dialogue 5, November 5, 6-8 pm
Mario Violich, AIA, ASLA will participate in a panel discussion, hosted by Moore Ruble Yudell and AIA/LA, regarding recent trends in urban campus planning and architecture.

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