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City Visions: San Francisco's Changing Urban Landscape -- The Year in Architecture

Rendering of Golden State Warrior's proposed new arena in Mission Bay

As San Francisco's building boom continues, City Visions examines our city's changing streetscape.  What are some of the city’s most notable -- and most controversial -- development projects of 2014? And what are some of the projects -- from apartment towers to community buildings to the new Warriors arena -- on drafting boards for the coming year?


-John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the author of “Cityscape: San Francisco and Its Buildings.”

-David Baker, founder and principal of David Baker Architects. Recent projects include Bayview Hill Gardens, affordable housing for formerly homeless families and at-risk youth in San Francisco, and StoreFrontLab, an interactive exploration of the storefront as a place of community, creativity, and local industry. 

-Anne Fougeron, founder and principal of Fougeron Architecture. Significant projects include the Fall House in Big Sur, and the Ingleside Library and Parkview Terrace in San Francisco.

Show excerpts:

John King:  “The good thing is to see a few buildings that really are trying to leave a larger mark such as SF MOMA or maybe one or two of the towers that will be coming along.”

David Baker:  “I think that's the great thing about San Francisco and cities that have history and texture is that they're not totally cohesive.  Totally cohesive places I think are not so exciting or interesting.”

Anne Fougeron: “[The Octavia Boulevard area] is one neighborhood that shows how a strong, intelligent, well-organized and very thoughtful neighborhood group can really help to create an architectural legacy.”