Tom Levy

How an architect designs meaningful space

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. Nowhere is this more true than in a church, a chapel, synagogue, Buddhist temple, or a mosque. For centuries, religion has sparked the design of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. But what is that process? What built elements make a space sacred? Architect Susie Coliver says experiencing the design of a sacred space begins way before you step foot in a building.
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How an architect designs meaningful space; Jaxon Vanderbeken on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge; the unlikely squatters of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge; and local band Dakila.

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When the eastern span of the Bay Bridge was built, it was designed to be awe-inspiring. A shining tower rising high above the water, suspending one of the nation’s most significant thoroughfares.

It does all that, but massive cost overruns and continuing structural problems have many people deeply concerned about whether building such an innovative bridge was a good idea.

One of those people is Jaxon Vanderbeken, an investigative journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle. He sat down to talk with KALW’s Ben Trefny.

When you drive along the new eastern span of the bridge, you get a great view of crews dismantling the old eastern span. It’s not an easy thing to do -- crews have to proceed carefully to avoid what the Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects website calls a “dangerous spring action effect.”

So, they’ve got a lot on their minds. And then, there’s the cormorants.

 

Tom Levy

Architecture has the power to transform. A building can make us feel joy, or sadness, powerful or weak. Nowhere is this more true than in a church, a chapel, synagogue, Buddhist temple, or a mosque. For centuries, religion has sparked the design of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. But what is that process? What built elements make a space sacred?

Architect Susie Coliver says experiencing the design of a sacred space begins way before you step foot in a building.

This music? It’s by Dakila,  a Latin rock band with roots tracing back to the 1970s.  Dakila is one of several bands taking part in this weekend’s Nihommachi Street Fair in San Francisco’s Japantown. They’ll be playing on Saturday. Check the Nihonmachi Street Fair website for specifics.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5 hours ago
Jeff Chiu / AP

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

 

Pee on these S.F. walls? Be prepared for them to pee back // SF Gate

 

“Beware, public urinators, some of San Francisco’s walls now pee back.

 

On our next show, host David Onek will be one-on-one with the Supervisor of San Francisco Unified School District, Richard Carranza.  

Is there evidence that the new Common Core standards are improving student learning?  How did San Francisco students perform on the new standardized tests?  And how is the district handling the increased segregation of its schools?

Join David Onek and Superintendent Carranza as they discuss all this and more, Monday at 7pm.

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Tuesday July 28, 2015

12 hours ago

July 28 is the 209th day of the year

There are 156 days remaining until the end of the year.

Sunrise Today: 6:10 AM

Sunset Today: 8:22 PM

Daylight Hours: 14 hours, 12 minutes

Moon: 88.9% illuminated Waxing Gibbous

Today is National Milk Chocolate Day

Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval (Canada)

Fiestas Patrias, celebrates the independence of Peru from Spain by General José de San Martín in 1821.

Liberation Day (San Marino)

Ólavsøka Eve (Faroe Islands)

World Hepatitis Day (International)

 

  

On the July 28, 2015 edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the historic deal with the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany.

The luxury of living in a tiny house

Jul 27, 2015

From a young age, many of us dream of the houses we’ll own. But those dreams don’t get into the reality of how much houses cost. These days, buying a house means getting a mortgage – which can wind up taking decades to pay off.

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Your Call: What is in store for the future of Medicare?

On the July 27th edition of Your Call, we'll mark the 50th anniversary of this landmark government program by discussing its achievements and challenges.
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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest - August 7 to 9

The 26th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest takes place Friday - Sunday, August 7 - 9. The event presents over 100 shows on 13 stages of jazz, funk, Latin, blues, R&B, New Orleans and world music. Featured artists include Tower of Power, Brian Culbertson, Eddie Palmieri, John Pizzarelli, Terri Lynn Carrington (with Ledisi), Javon Jackson, The Internet, Etienne Charles, JC Brooks, Glen David Andrews, Storm Large, Kamasi Washington and many others. Information at summerfest.sanjosejazz.org.
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Amelia Earhart Day-KALW Almanac-July 24, 2015

205th Day of 2015 160 RemainingAutumn Begins in 61 DaysSunrise:6:07Sunset:8:2514 Hours 18 MinutesMoon Rise:2:11pmMoon Set:12:37amPhase:56%Full Moon July 1 @ 7:22pm and July 31 @ 3:45pmFull Thunder Moon / Full Hay MoonJuly is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the...
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City Visions: Can we fix Prop 13?

It’s widely known as the third rail of California politics, but is the time ripe for a change to Proposition 13?
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