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San Diego Design Center Opens Collaborative Space

Local design leaders are joining forces to reinvigorate the San Diego Design Center, a 15,344-square-foot office campus located at 3605 Fifth Ave, in Hillcrest. Sean Slater and Frank Wolden of architecture, planning and interiors firm RDC, David McCullough of McCullough Landscape Architecture, and property owner Graham Hollis of Blue Sapphire Holdings are collaborating to bring back the original intent of the space as a creative hub for the San Diego arts and design community.  

Together, they are launching a set of community gathering spaces dubbed Futuro Space after the UFO-like Futuro House that inhabited the Design Center parking lot in the 1970s. They’re positioning Futuro Space as a hub for community meetings, creative collaboration and other design-focused gatherings. 

“The San Diego Design Center is not just a building, but a place where history and creativity meet,” said Slater. “Together with Blue Sapphire Holdings and McCullough, RDC is working to make this special place a community hub for creative discourse.” 


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