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Mixed Message

June 2nd, 2017

There’s a button in my car—along with the heat, defrost, etc.—that says “OFF”. It has an LED to tell you when it’s on.

DOT Noise Map

April 3rd, 2017

The Department of Transportation has published in map form the traffic and aviation noise levels around the country. Zoom into the San Francisco area and it’s easy to see where highways and airports make their impact.

Animal Bridges

March 17th, 2017

That the anthropocene era is recognizing its role in restoring balance to nature is encouraging: 12 Amazing Animal Bridges Around the World

Oops, redundancy

February 24th, 2017

Just to drive home how redundant the building-planning-zoning-public works process is, DPW uses this form.

Appliance Shopping

January 10th, 2017

Clients frequently ask which local appliance stores I recommend. Consumer Reports actually did a study of stores in June 2013, showing how much appliance shopping had moved online, even for large items. Highest rated will ship to the bay area: ABT Electronics and Appliances (score: 93), followed by Amazon (90), and Nebraska Furniture Mart (90). […]

Street Grids

January 4th, 2017

An interesting look at street grid patterns over the past century, and into the future:

Geof Writes Article on the New SFMOMA

May 13th, 2016

ArchNewsNow just published my article on the new SFMOMA. Specifically, I divulge how both Mario Botta’s original building and Snøhetta’s expansion each reflect the tenor or society at the time they were built. ArchNewsNow, “The SFMoMA and Us“

Multi-Culti Gestures

March 13th, 2016

Norwegian high-pitched roofs, Dutch gables, Russian Orthodox domes, Spanish colonial facades — scores of newcomers have visited upon San Francisco’s skyline the architecture of their homelands. These were built by immigrants, for immigrants, and evinced authentic culture. In contrast, it is downright disingenuous when an institution dons an ethnic pastiche of whatever culture happens to […]

Order Behind Disorderliness

November 14th, 2015

“All discord [is] harmony not understood,” noted Alexander Pope. Discovering harmony in architecture, in what at first looks like discord, lends a wonderful richness and intrigue. Take this house on Vallejo Street. Study the ostensible jumble of unaligned windows and they’ll slowly reveal the internal layout of rooms and stair behind the façade. A similar work without the underlying […]

Catching Rays

November 1st, 2015

The solar energy that today lands wasted on thousands of acres of deteriorating San Francisco roof membranes will in the future be treated as a hotly contested resource. Rooftops will have to be thoughtfully partitioned, with sunlight allocated in proper proportion to roof gardens, interior daylighting (skylights), photovoltaics, and solar hot water (though increasingly efficient PV panels are […]