In an attempt to learn “how cities can capitalize on the de-industrialization of their urban core to sustainably address the demands of growth and modernization” and inform the development of San Francisco’s Central Corridor Project, the Planning Department’s Steve Wertheim looked at four European cities (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lyon and Torino) to understand strategies, successes, and the ability to enhance quality-of-life.
One of the “key lessons” from Wertheim’s study that couldn’t help but catch our eye:
Amsterdam (and perhaps more so Lyon) show the potential of outstanding architecture to create iconic buildings and neighborhoods, thereby supporting both development and a high quality of life. To achieve such standards in the Central Corridor, San Francisco may need to consider raising architectural standards by formalizing peer-to-peer design review and/or revising our internal processes to support architectural innovation. With increased land values, it may also be possible for developments to attract the interest of top architects to the area.
Can we get an amen and hallelujah?
∙ San Francisco’s Central
Subway Corridor Project [SocketSite]
∙ Capitalizing on De-Industrialization to Address Growth & Modernization [sf-planning.org]