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John King @JohnKingSFChron jking@sfchronicle.com

S.F. Chronicle urban design critic, back from a stint at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. as a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies.

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So much going on in our world ... thank goodness for the tulips I pass by on the walk to BART https://t.co/9zXFxzRz4E
3/23
2019
@amandahess Looks like Mueller is an architecture fan! That’s the logo for N. California “Sea Ranch” - for more inf… https://t.co/lOjwCDqCw7
Retweeted by John King @coco_davidge @studiogang Good.... deliberately not fussy, given all the visual activity @JohnKingSFChron breaks big news for a new park of the bay for The City on The Bay: https://t.co/wWtJodzenT This pr… https://t.co/yXn4gzggbk
Retweeted by John KingEarlier this week, I got an email from a college student telling me something I'd written had shaped the direction… https://t.co/xTreBCuiRU
Retweeted by John King @aarieff Sigh....
3/22
2019
No question, Jeanne Gang’s Mira is on the move. The 39-story @studiogang tower tops off next month https://t.co/Hti78uMxheIn which robotic coffee spars with an early 1960s vision of the future, historic preservationists to serve as refer… https://t.co/me4OnyE7cPUpdate! But the Transamerica Pyramid is getting a passionate embrace https://t.co/H3qVsEVQqAMorning greetings to Salesforce Tower from ⁦@KarlTheFog⁩ https://t.co/ICKR8k2omG @LilyJaniak @sfchronicle @AmazingAcroCats I'd TOTALLY read that.....
3/21
2019
Some buildings look like exactly what they are — in this case, a jail (sorry, Brutalism buffs!) https://t.co/KJnzLK5j1gBeto, Biden and Bernie: The B-Boys and the media’s dangerous, self-fulfilling prophecy https://t.co/9Aqqgya5u5
3/20
2019
SUPER excited about moderating this panel of incredibly brilliant women this Thursday: Incorporating Inclusivity In… https://t.co/xCn0iAzbb5
Retweeted by John KingBreaking from the "let's give to the Presidio!" philanthropic pack, a local foundation is steering $25 million to a… https://t.co/TQCLppvzoLReally great, well researched @SFjkdineen piece on what's holding back Van Ness https://t.co/O2RAMlfJxp
Retweeted by John King @LangeAlexandra A diligent reader!This sounds fascinating, with a panel that includes locals Sara Dean and Walter Hood ... Wednesday the 27th https://t.co/TMPsxPt1aO @aarieff Agreed. This approach looks good -- city structured the deal, and the community process re activities/enga… https://t.co/ToqLsJfBDQWhich reminds me of this 2013 piece of mine. And yes, it drew a lot of flack https://t.co/RCRL8NMWenA different sort of Pritzker prize: a planned Bayview waterfront park will receive $25 million grant from John Prit… https://t.co/UUYufzRpsH
3/19
2019
Geez, this @tonybravosf piece is good. A straightforward news feature with meticulous details to provide zing https://t.co/5NhafiWdmt @marklamster park isn't even being expanded. What we see is a parking garage that will go up across the street.
3/18
2019
@SophieHaigney @SFjkdineen @sarahlovescali I’d say Davis is closest, scenery aside @SophieHaigney @SFjkdineen @sarahlovescali No!ICYMI: “Pier 70 isn’t about one thing. It’s this collection of spaces and multiple scales” https://t.co/fRX0VnvFZM @SFShag Thanks! It was tricky -- so much more than architecture gets into the mix. The mix of old and new has real… https://t.co/VGVgHQoKoQPlus an update on six facets of Pier 70's change -- from an emerging park to sharp new housing and a sadly vacant d… https://t.co/hVUnoUUB03My take on the ongoing rebirth of Pier 70 near Dogpatch, where "the changes are inseparable from the city’s tech-fu… https://t.co/QWFAanT10N
3/17
2019
“We want what emerges to be tough but lovable,” says one designer taking part in the rebirth of Pier 70 -- but that… https://t.co/0pjSh15Uir @JohnKingSFChron No contest. Pyramid still the beauty of the skyline!
Retweeted by John KingOnce an icon, always an icon— Transamerica Pyramid keeping an eye on the new skyline rivals https://t.co/fS2F0u3iYC @BlaineMerker Upscale Best Western, pal! 🙄
3/16
2019
@SFShag can't be more than $250,000, right? Nice little beach pad... @SFShag !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @JohnKingSFChron It's going to be a hotel... https://t.co/bZ3W1g23Sy
Retweeted by John King @seanyodarouse Missed that! ThanksHonestly, this apartment building at Sacramento and University in Berkeley has been under construction for longer t… https://t.co/1FyaqF4omr
3/15
2019
@zachmortice I'm jealous! And now back to the weekend project.... @IngaSaffron @BiRiteSF It helps that the space is 4.5 acres. The problem isn't being too jammed, but how to keep la… https://t.co/HDeg61V8hk @IngaSaffron @BiRiteSF Rest assured, we had one last holidays for the first time ever! That said, it only took a co… https://t.co/5sAMDSvAiLOur City Hall’s plaza gets two privately funded playgrounds and a @BiRiteSF. Philadelphia’s gets .... (take it, Ing… https://t.co/PT39yRxyyqYeah, your commute sucks. Are they going to do something about it? 11 big Bay Area transportation projects.https://t.co/1CMCDWJOrx #
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3/14
2019
No need for this afternoon's caffeinated fix -- just follow our Native Son columnist, @carlnoltesf, on an aromatic… https://t.co/lKtDGhKhrH(Kidding, people! Just kidding!)Not sure about the facade on this new Mission Street tower https://t.co/ZO9Cd2pLyo @jef_poskanzer Not so Morse code-ish, though equally cool https://t.co/pWE3aiY89UAmong the joys of a big city? Seemingly static buildings with an infinite capacity for surprise— such as the old Cr… https://t.co/rSy025amcqI've written a lot over the years about the fine and focused work of Pfau Long Architecture. This twist took me by… https://t.co/kcDOSJ6BJmPfau Long to pack its bags in South Park. Next stop: Perkins+Wills' Embarcadero digs. https://t.co/ffUO6iocV1
3/13
2019
@SovernNation Hey, now you're getting personal!My piece on today's merger one of SF's top firms, @PfauLong -- architect of choice for the Warriors and SPUR among… https://t.co/VDQvQ7jCMshttps://t.co/HeCSOrFJr3
Retweeted by John KingWe are so happy to be joining the team! https://t.co/q5WWxWH1pK
Retweeted by John King @kimmaicutler @anthonyflint @TribTowerViews When it comes to effectively striking a balance vs. striking a self-rig… https://t.co/tKHZaCURzI
3/12
2019
BAY AREA WRITERS: Today I start a 2-month residency as the Chron's lifestyle editor, helping us expand the scope of… https://t.co/QKS2TqtRQW
Retweeted by John King"I’ve been waiting for the Defenders of Free Speech to step up and defend Knox, but they seem to be too busy suing… https://t.co/K8RDfJmAmx @JohnKingSFChron https://t.co/PyKjsnTP2a
Retweeted by John King @wrtdesign But, uh, sorry about the photo caption in the paper .... 🙄Very smart @anthonyflint take on how the YIMBY movement has both clarified and intensified urban housing debates. P… https://t.co/6MW3u3EIEdICYMI: My review of a big new hospital in SF that, like big new hospitals in many big cities, is an awkward fit fo… https://t.co/nj1jM9M7rF @YaManning @chiggy515 @SFCityInsider I didn't see cost as an issue -- the facade's materials aren't cheap, and a st… https://t.co/CNQq9HUugBOn the bright side! @SmithGroup's Van Ness campus for CPMC is 653% better than Kaiser's 2014 Oakland tower in terms… https://t.co/mP9vLOurqEOnce site of the Jack Tar Hotel -- “an eruption of nouveau riche Texas boorishness,” in the words of my ever-quota… https://t.co/hiL3ekcnH6 @jonvet707 @poormanstwtr Yeah, except for the utter separation from Van Ness, the Jack Tar nnow seems almost quaint!
3/11
2019
Another high point in today's paper: @owenthomas on how Salesforce came to be + how Marc Benioff et al mastered, uh… https://t.co/JFrEm8bIQONobody in American journalism writes about the homeless with more knowledge, empathy and restraint than @KevinChronhttps://t.co/akvBG0IboS @mckosky Geez, I would LOVE that. Orderly and tranquil, but with occasional shots of syncopated color to enliven the day @Amenfoto Nice! That's as good an angle as there is. Earnest, carefully arranged and modulated, but …. @SarRavani Wow, that IS beginner!In which voluptuous clouds bring drama to the flat-topped Oakland skyline https://t.co/DWtLBfzeYLMondrian cubes, squared https://t.co/e4l25Evjh8 @JohnKingSFChron I think it’s a nice addition to the changing neighborhood— particular the landscape on van ness. I… https://t.co/XwCFVws3Cq
Retweeted by John KingBTW, the architects say they took their inspiration for the tower's curtain wall from Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.… https://t.co/isnpdH8rcYMy review of a new hospital at a major S.F. intersection that tries hard to fit in -- no easy feat when you fill an… https://t.co/2tX6H30Tib
3/10
2019
Cool talk alert: On Tues. 3/12, Cal's @ed_archives is hosting two speakers on Aaron Green, an internationally know… https://t.co/9qcfncklPm
Retweeted by John King @zeeohmara An ideal spot .... holiday cards as well!
3/9
2019
Shoddy bookkeeping, major financial woes, sketchy contracting, decrepit living conditions for many of San Francisco… https://t.co/PxzXf3Q59n
Retweeted by John King @art_files Would definitely be post-1906 ....To mark Salesforce's 20th birthday, my 2012 look at the Mission Bay campus scuttled at the 11th hour by Marc Beniof… https://t.co/hgaCWbjP7l @JeffSpeckAICP Idiosyncratic vernacularism, pal! :-) @JohnKingSFChron Because it’s tawdry, inhumane, and in no way unique? Nice sign, though.
Retweeted by John King @shawnmicallef I haven't yet checked the firm's "official" photographs. They probably were shot then!If this mid-century Market Street facade hasn’t yet been declared a vernacular landmark.... why not? https://t.co/UUZduMM8TgAnd the piece that this accompanies: “Nothing like 12 or 15 foam models on a table to get the conversation started” https://t.co/TrrC5dngCwICYMI: From crude blocks to icy glass, the evolution of a 56-story tower in six 9-inch models https://t.co/Lw0sKHp2Ir via @sfchronicle @shawnmicallef Not this year! Sunny today, but lately it has felt like we've been possessed by gray skies.... @shawnmicallef Local architects of a dour new complex here, clad in variations of dark blue and dark gray, have ren… https://t.co/Vrk85MKPm5
3/8
2019
And my sidebar: six variations on an architectural theme, and the 56-story result that opens this spring https://t.co/EvdDeIKpu4"Models offers a tantalizing hint of what-ifs, sculptural skyline icons unfettered by economic or bureaucratic real… https://t.co/a1uFTUPv7Q @jqmcd Man, it does look fun..... @throgers Indeed.... @aarieff Thanks! This is ne of those pieces that nag you as a concept for years, and then the opportunity to write… https://t.co/X2fSDB6j2nSpeaking of which, my 2015 piece on the unreal world of renderings: https://t.co/ge3N3RFoAXMy look at the heartening endurance of architectural models in the creative process. One reason, I am told: "Archit… https://t.co/pgyw5haFcK @Amenfoto @fougeronarch @theeastcut Nice!In which @fougeronarch and OMA’s Jason Long show me how to design a skyscraper — in six easy models https://t.co/Lw0sKHp2Ir via @sfchronicle @urbanlifesigns @MotorMK @sfchronicle Soon, all will be revealed! But smart eyes, turning your focus to real life.... @MotorMK @sfchronicle You are warm!Teaser: tomorrow I have a package coming your way in print and @sfchronicle that offers architectural urban eye-can… https://t.co/ky5voRdOmi
3/7
2019

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