John King just keeps getting better and better. In his second Cityscapes volume, published by local treasure Heyday Books, he classifies fifty notable San Francisco buildings and spaces under the sobriquets of Towers, Connection, Clues and Waterfront. This builds on Volume 1’s Icons, Styles and Masters, Landscape, and Change (Cityscapes , San Francisco and Its Buildings, 2011). Another couple of volumes and we will have the complete ‘how to read a city.’ Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco
Many of us, at least architects and urbanists in the Bay Area, are familiar with Here Today: San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage, the venerable 1968 compendium of San Francisco buildings built before 1920.
The roster of fine books on historic architecture has recently been joined by a new volume, Here Tomorrow: preserving Architecture, Culture, and California’s Golden Dreams, by veteran San Francisco Business Times columnist J. K. Dineen. Here Tomorrow… telling our stories
In this beautifully designed addition to the Princeton Architectural Press’s Architecture Briefs series, San Francisco architect-engineer Charles Bloszies provides clear thinking and non-dogmatic analysis on the intersection of historic preservation and progressive architectural design. Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations
“The first thing to understand is that public peace – sidewalk and street peace – is not kept primarily by the police……it is kept primarily by an intricate almost unconscious network of voluntary controls and standards among the people themselves.” Thus begins Jane Jacob’s Happy 50th Anniversary to The Death and Life of Great American Cities: Revisiting a classic
San Francisco is privileged to have a number of excellent architectural guides – ones by Sally Woodbridge, Mitchell Schwarzer, David Gebhard, and Richard Saul Wurman come immediately to mind, and all excellent in their own rights. These are joined by monographs and topical architectural analyses galore – plus Vision of a Place, the SPUR book I participated in that analyzes the DNA of San Francisco and the logic of the San Francisco General plan. Touchstones of Reference and Recall