April 28, 2009
The King Debunks Seven San Francisco Architecture Myths
John King's list of seven San Francisco architecture myths and misconceptions:
1. This is a liberal city where anything goes
2. Everything new looks old
3. San Franciscans hate everything new
4. Big-name outsiders have all the fun
5. Affordable housing = dull design
6. By law, all new towers must be clad in glass
7. San Franciscans hate the Transamerica Pyramid
And of course, his reality.
∙ S.F. architecture myths debunked [SFGate]
First Published: April 28, 2009 12:30 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
[Editor's Note: Rincon Hill Billy's comment was in reposonse to our original post which simply highlighted myth number one ("this is a liberal city where anything goes") and provided John King's reality:
True in terms of sidewalk etiquette, lifestyle choices and the placement of tattoos - but not when planning a neighborhood or getting a building approved. Everyone in this city of 800,000 represents an interest group or wants the final say, from the Board of Supervisors to the neighbor down the block simmering with resentment at every change to the landscape since he or she arrived in 1968. And even someone with five lip piercings will swoon at the sight of a restored Victorian.
Posted by: Rincon Hill Billy at April 28, 2009 1:21 PM
8. Anything built in SF only goes up in value?
Posted by: REpornaddict at April 28, 2009 2:37 PM
these are myths? seems pretty true to me. i hate the transamerica pyramid. we need a real iconic building. too bad the SOM proposal for the transbay terminal wasn't selected.
Posted by: yao at April 28, 2009 4:10 PM
The Transamerica is not iconic ? You've got to be kidding. I see it showing up almost as frequently as the GG bridge in whimsical drawings of SF. You know, the kind that always plunk the Eiffel tower in Paris, the Taj Mahal in India (even though it isn't in a big city), and Seattles' space needle.
The Transamerica is probably one of the USA's most recognizable buildings.
Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at April 28, 2009 4:43 PM
"The moral of the story: One generation's eyesore may be the next generation's icon."
I think it's safe to say One Rincon will not be the next generations icon....
Posted by: anoanon at April 29, 2009 12:41 PM