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October 26, 2017
Reception & Ceremony
The US Grant
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Introducing new SDAF leaders!

Wow, what an amazing start it has been to 2015 for SDAF! As promised, this year is going to be super exciting as we work towards several new initiatives to increase our outreach and ultimately broaden both awareness and education about San Diego’s built environment. Firstly we are excited to …

Wow, what an amazing start it has been to 2015 for SDAF! As promised, this year is going to be super exciting as we work towards several new initiatives to increase our outreach and ultimately broaden both awareness and education about San Diego’s built environment.

Firstly we are excited to announce that we have a new President, Pauly De Bartolo!

Pauly De Bartolo, Associate AIA

A Partner at De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio, Pauly has been volunteering for SDAF since the 2011 Orchids & Onions program. He was invited to the SDAF Board of Directors in 2012 and subsequently elected to the VP role through 2013 and 2014. Having participated in most of SDAF’s programs through Co-Chairing O&O not once, but  twice, coordinating several Pecha Kucha Night events (and presenting one), volunteering at the Orchids, Onions & Opportunities exhibit and much more, Pauly is passionate about contributing to the continual improvement of San Diego’s built environment through SDAF programming. In addition to SDAF, Pauly volunteers on the Gaslamp Quarter’s Land Use & Planning Committee & has Co-Chaired the La Jolla Historical Society’s ‘Young Architects Summer Camp’ for middle & high school students for the past 2 years. Pauly was born in Sydney, Australia and relocated to San Diego in 2005 where he plans to call home for a long time to come.

In addition to Pauly, we are proud to introduce two new members to the 2015 SDAF Board of Directors:

Matthew Geaman, AIA

In addition to being an Associate Principal at Joseph Wong Design Associates, Matthew has been actively involved in San Diego’s architectural community, most recently as the 2014 President of AIA San Diego.

David McCullough, ASLA

Beyond his daily endeavors as Principal at McCullough Landscape Architecture, David is reconnecting with SDAF (after serving two previous terms as a Director) in addition to being the founding coordinator of Pecha Kucha Night, San Diego chapter.

The entire list of committed doers and thinkers that serve as directors of SDAF can be found here.

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Onion update | How to redesign those extra large signs

How could anyone forget the City of San Diego’s 2014 People’s Choice Onion for the over-sized parking signs. They are hard to miss… Think that’s bad, check out this 15′ tall “totem” sign pole from Los Angeles with parking regulation stacked on top of parking regulation. Crazy right?! See more …

How could anyone forget the City of San Diego’s 2014 People’s Choice Onion for the over-sized parking signs. They are hard to miss… Think that’s bad, check out this 15′ tall “totem” sign pole from Los Angeles with parking regulation stacked on top of parking regulation. Crazy right?! See more here.

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Well, it seems that Los Angeles has taken on the design challenge that these signs with numerous parking regulations present. As reported in Citylab by The Atlantic, they have unveiled new “easy to read” parking signs, that surprisingly are actually quite easy to read with their “grid-style” graphic with simple color coding and graphic representations instead of words. Nice work LA!

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San Diego’s very own bright design minds reached out to SDAF to take on the challenge of our Onion-winning signs. John Ball, Creative Director of MiresBall sent us this email:

Onion, or opportunity?

At the recent San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Orchids and Onions, a People’s
Choice Onion was “awarded” to the City of San Diego for its Oversize Vehicle
Ordinance Signs.

Unintentionally ironic, the extra-large 30″ by 36″ signs are meant to prohibit extra-large
vehicles from parking on city streets. And not only are they too big, they’re just plain
ugly—adding to the visual pollution of the street even as they attempt to limit it.
 
But does it have to be this way? City signs have to be legible, yes, but do they need to
be eyesores? And can the application of some of our favorite design principles create a
smaller, cleaner sign that is arguably MORE readable?
 
Happily, the answer is yes. Check out our design redo.

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John Ball
Partner/Creative Director
MiresBall
 
P.S. City of San Diego, you can reach us at 619-234-6631.

Much improved. Thank you John. Take note City of San Diego. Good design can transform the status quo and be infinitely more practical too…

Shall we launch a guerrilla campaign to replace them? Who’s in?

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