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