August 3, 2010

The Evolution Of EnvelopeA+D’s Proxy Project For Parcels K+L

Proxy Word Map

The leases for Octavia Boulevard Parcels K+L have passed from San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee last week to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors for adoption this afternoon. How envelopeA+D’s evolved design for the "proxy" project on the parcels could evolve:

Proxy Phase 0

Proxy Phase 1

Proxy Phase 2

Proxy Phase 3

Proxy Phase 4

Proxy Rendering Revised

The Biergarten should be in phase one, but unfortunately it's not likely to be open by this year's true Oktoberfest.

Leases For Temporary Inhabitations Along Octavia Boulevard [SocketSite]
Proxy: Octavia Blvd - Lots K+L - San Francisco, CA []
Envelope A+D's "Proxy" For Octavia Boulevard Lots K+L [SocketSite]
Mmm…Beer (Garden) In The Works For Parcel L (424 Octavia) [SocketSite]

First Published: August 3, 2010 7:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

What's a "bike kitchen"?

Posted by: Rillion at August 3, 2010 9:10 AM

Here you go: bike kitchen

Posted by: lol at August 3, 2010 10:00 AM

A bike kitchen is a facility that enables people to service their own bikes. Check out for more. Apparently even free range organic bikes served raw still need cleaning and regular maintenance. No Google, Let me Google that for you, or TinyURL was used in preparing this post.

This looks like a great idea because it is relatively cheap and easy, would replace less desirable land uses, and could be easily swept aside when something better comes along.

Posted by: Mole Man at August 3, 2010 10:26 AM

The killer aspect of the Bike Kitchen is that normal folks have access to all of those specialized Park tools. It costs a fortune to purchase your own set which is especially painful when you need a $50 tool for a job that you'll only do maybe once or twice in your life.

I've seen similar coop workshops for auto mechanics. Car repair suffers from the same expensive specialized tool problem though even more severely.


If I read these renderings properly, it looks as if the former design that included all of those perimeter urinal sites has been discarded with a less alcove intensive design. Good move.

("You use this word, alcoves?")

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at August 3, 2010 10:39 AM

Ah, I can see why they would need to use a totally inappropiate word like kitchen since there is no other way to describe this workspace, workshop, maintenance type facility.

Posted by: Rillion at August 3, 2010 12:10 PM

And maybe this references the term "soup kitchen": a volunteer-based service offered to the community.

I will check this place out, now that I know it's there, as my bicycle tools are still pretty basic. Why buy $50 tools to maintain a $500 bike?

The same goes for bike shops. Maintaining is not that complex. I agree that truing and building a wheel can be a bit of an art form, but most of the rocket-science stuff comes from the making of the bike's components, not its upkeep.

Posted by: lol at August 3, 2010 12:56 PM

How is the temporary structure going to hold up in an earthquake?

Posted by: bgelldawg at August 3, 2010 10:19 PM

"How is the temporary structure going to hold up in an earthquake?"

- probably better than many "permanent" structures...

Posted by: citicritter at August 3, 2010 11:42 PM

Maybe it will fall down. I think we'll have bigger stuff to worry about.

Posted by: Zouaf at September 19, 2011 3:15 PM

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