UrbDeZine panel author Sandhya Sood, AIA, founding principal of Accent Architecture+Design in the San Francisco Bay Area was presented with a proclamation by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates honoring her “emphasis on sustainable design and building” and her “raising awareness of the relevance of Julia Morgan’s work and the shared architectural heritage of our city and state.”Continue Reading Berkeley Mayor Honors Architect and UrbDeZine Panelist Sandhya Sood
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The Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley, will be turning 100 years old next year -for those that do not already know. To celebrate this special centennial occasion the school is planning several events around summertime culminating in the 2015 Homecoming celebration (LaDawn Duvall, Campus Executive Director of Visitor and Parent Services). Continue Reading Happy Birthday, Campanile!!
While I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying architecture, ideas were always buzzing around; at design charrettes, guest lectures and of course, at the dining table. International House, where I lived, was home to residents from eighty countries enrolled in various academic programs. Our insatiable thirst for learning extended to coffee hours and dinner, with enough food for thought to go around.Continue Reading Celebrating Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
Governor Jerry Brown missed a great opportunity to stimulate an important part of California’s economy last month. Assembly Bill 1999, a state tax credit bill for preservation projects, was vetoed by his office on the grounds that the federal rehabilitation tax credit was enough.Continue Reading AB 1999 – A Missed Opportunity
The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is South of Market. This of course makes news because it represents a sea change from the prior 100+ years when “south of the slot” was the industrial, working class (or worse) sector of the city.Continue Reading Where grows San Francisco?
Ever since the removal of the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway after the Loma Prieta earthquake and its replacement with a graceful boulevard, high quality development has been replacing empty piers and parking lots along San Francisco’s northern waterfront.
Think the Ferry Building, Pier 1, Piers 1½, 3 and 5 (Coqueta, La Mar Cebicheria, Hard Water), the Exploratorium, and the new Cruise Terminal to mention a few. Fisherman’s Wharf has a going Community Benefits District, a brilliant streetscape plan, and some quality new buildings housing such uses as the flagship Boudin bakery/restaurant and a new Madame Tussauds.
For years, it has all fallen apart when one hits Van Ness. But a brilliant new plan for the non-profit Fort Mason Center is about to change all that.Continue Reading Completing San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront
On a short walk in my neighborhood this morning, I must have passed hundreds of poles: Light poles, utility poles, sign poles.
They do their jobs of holding up stuff but I noticed that they can do a lot more.
Here in just a few blocks, some upgrades:
San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit. One of the things I like most about the city is its vintage public transit, i.e. the streetcars and cable cars. As I previously shared in Amtraking: Traveling by Train and The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles, I am a fan of trains and rail travel in general. I use the subway (Metro) as part of my daily commute between work and home, but since it runs underground, the Red/Purple Line does not offer the wonderful views and fun experience that San Francisco’s streetcars and cable cars do. Continue Reading Vintage Public Transit: San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars
[co-authored by Lilly Jacobson]
Streets are not just conduits for moving cars and people; they have a profound impact on the neighborhoods they traverse and connect. Streets often change how people perceive their environment: they can make people feel safe or deter them from walking in a certain area; they can encourage social interaction or create deserted sidewalks; they can spur economic activity or stall neighborhood growth. Street design is not merely about aesthetics and modes of mobility—streets have the potential to affect the health and life outcomes of everyone who uses them.Continue Reading Streets as Conduits of Social Justice
During last month’s National Outdoor Recreation Conference, I had the opportunity to tour the Presidio of San Francisco, a park that is located on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and is a component of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Continue Reading Touring the Presidio of San Francisco