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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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@su3di3hl Hmmm, I'll check.....
1/19
2019
@joegarofoli @thuy Joe is single-handedly responsible for our glut of glass towers. All the architects and develope… https://t.co/huOiNOe4P7Good scoop by @JustMrPhillips but I find this concept distasteful. Pawn shops exist around 6th + Mission because po… https://t.co/mUD83TRQp2
Retweeted by John King @The_Mur @FOGFair Better yet, they’re here to record a Mondrian tribute album!Alas, without a rooftop vineyard managed by @lesliesbrocco https://t.co/OkyFCN9ciB @paulgoldberger Repositioning the brand @terrapin_sf @FOGFair Of course! I should have guessed. That’s a great little houseDear Diary: Tonight I saw my first Mondrian car. Here for @FOGFair perhaps? https://t.co/claRaZhQ3Z
1/18
2019
“The Absurdity of Beauty” is a hybrid @ArchReview monograph that features Form4 Architecture’s work as well as a wi… https://t.co/SMGb06PZwp
Retweeted by John KingUnexpected sculptural infrastructure atop a stodgy SOMA block https://t.co/z4oByaDvoo
1/17
2019
Following closely. I agree with @johnkingsfchron that the ruling by the Planning Commission is satisfying. I've see… https://t.co/YB8pDdxDoe
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1/16
2019
Spotted in the (vacant) storefront window of a Mission Bay apartment complex. As if we needed more evidence that Sa… https://t.co/0xc5opqgCYWatching the Ongoing Redefinition of Urban Life in San Francisco https://t.co/inhOA4frHA @SFChronicle @JohnKingSFChron via #PlacesWire
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1/15
2019
Absolutely fascinating. And even more so in person, I am sure https://t.co/CxEL3TddPpI'm putting together a slideshow for a talk about SF -- and realizing that all my skyline/Transbay shots from just… https://t.co/pD5E6QDCi0
1/14
2019
@DumbartonOaks Send out snow photos when you get the chance! The gardens must look magically bleak.... @kristoncapps I'm jealous, pal. Walk down Riggs Street for me -- that snippet around 18th Street would look great right now....
1/13
2019
My take on two deft acts of deconstruction -- in Chinatown and the Financial District -- that "nudge us to notice e… https://t.co/SZVAtKgi6vIn which I review the deconstruction of a concrete wall and the uncovering of a fire-scarred masonry one https://t.co/fmK4JmDjwX"He’s great at bluster and big promises. He can rile people up. But when that’s not enough, he can’t get things don… https://t.co/o90rmHZWwh
1/12
2019
Transbay officials call quality control process thorough but admit it failed to prevent girders from cracking. https://t.co/7VL6tj6ZP3
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1/11
2019
In 2014, @FosterPartners towers for SF and Philadelphia were unveiled. Ours isn't yet out of the ground; Philly's h… https://t.co/KZZSD6iQtEThe view down Trinity Alley https://t.co/DfBRJ7m0iOLarry Ellison to Marc Benioff: "Take that!" Marc Benioff now calling lawyers to see if he can get the name removed… https://t.co/NErnIzvdDa*Record scratch* It’s happening folks. @tanyaholland is opening the Uptown Oakland @BrownSugarKitch on Jan. 15. (It… https://t.co/1GXrHjRPPf
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1/10
2019
On the rise and looking good, though understated — precast concrete skin on a new residential tower at Mission and… https://t.co/wNG5L4vAr1Built by Alcoa, longtime home to Del Monte, now the latest Big City building leased in large part by Google. Times… https://t.co/VkjQEWXbCv @rolandlisf Oh, the purity that once was. As a kid entering SF in the back seat of my parents' car, those simple st… https://t.co/KaHZLggbmcFun to have my exploration of a seemingly nondescript SOMA block -- albeit one not in need of a garbage blitz -- sh… https://t.co/b6CtRWqi62 @peterhartlaub @TimothyORourke Bitcoin promissory notes for the 49ers' next visit to the Super BowlNot all architects are angling to design towers and tech HQs. Oakland's Deanna Van Buren is focused on restorative… https://t.co/GpMACNT3Tf @sfarchicrit Whoops! Conflated name and prize. The perils of TwitterThe majority of California's forestland is federally managed — 57 percent. Another 40 percent is managed by Native… https://t.co/GK5Qqf3gvH
Retweeted by John King @TimothyORourke @peterhartlaub How about naming rights to trees in the transit center rooftop park? Sneak up with a… https://t.co/pToWyZjE0a
1/9
2019
Another terrific piece by the great @JDavidsonNYC: " The good news is that, come the revolution, all these new ultr… https://t.co/kJ2giePm2k
1/8
2019
From PoMo to bike parking: "What you see, in essence, is the ongoing redefinition of urban life itself" https://t.co/fxiYwlMNgdI visit a South of Market block where the last tower went up in 1993 -- but when you look close, it's a whole new c… https://t.co/JDHsIBF2yL
1/7
2019
@DeMarillacSF hi, if anyone is available today, I'm a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle working on an obitu… https://t.co/ut0f0ZavAp
1/6
2019
@jachristian @sfchronicle Behind Pier 3 also has high waters in these conditions....Extreme winds and high tides have created some serious flooding on the Embarcadero near Pier 14 in San Francisco… https://t.co/nJgSoYEZJp
Retweeted by John King @peterhartlaub @AltaJournal Wow, I’d subscribe too if the second story on the cover actually concerned the Cathy comic strip ....Looking out my window in the ⁦@sfchronicle⁩ newsroom https://t.co/QWpLxqfzU8
1/5
2019
The end of @JerryBrownGov's fourth term is here. Take time to appreciate what he's done for California. Exit inter… https://t.co/r3YSG7YWan
Retweeted by John King @marklamster @AdamNMayer @paulgoldberger Need to see the plans and take a thorough look. Personally, though, I’m a… https://t.co/CoWYUZW7Mw @Adrian_Benepe Sigh. No work until absolute confidence that they know the initial problem. Hope for word next week ....
1/4
2019
@peterhartlaub @actransit ooh, I feel a set of podcasts coming on.... What about the J-Church when it glides above… https://t.co/kKy1G7pj8xAt (latest) Moscone Center opening. Constant line of 25 or so to pose with three Warriors’ trophies. The Giants’ tr… https://t.co/lakbvr801q @ollywainwright An absolutely brilliant topic — and so hard to write about. Probably best when sharpened in heat of debateAnother ephemeral San Francisco view, courtesy of the low winter sun: the Transbay bus bridge against the transit c… https://t.co/1vwPk9NRXfMaybe the fare has gone up to $5.50, but the upper deck of @ACTransit’s FS Transbay bus is the best commute value i… https://t.co/jUARl8w6Qa @ctuan Awwww..... https://t.co/tmEL4WY4Wd⁦@ctuan⁩ I have arrived— the view from the FS! https://t.co/LlKYQR4SyZDespite public enthusiasm, limited financial options & concern about rising sea levels hinder efforts to redevelop… https://t.co/B93LXvJ5sY
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1/3
2019
Nice to see volunteers pitch in with trash cleanup where the National Park Service has fallen short. #Yosemitehttps://t.co/vrsfxaoXEB
Retweeted by John KingNo reflection on @snohetta — figuratively speaking — but one of the enduring joys of firm’s @SFMOMA design is how r… https://t.co/enbZDyXqxa @SovernNation "They" also say he was a better general than Dwight EisenhowerInteresting list, from big names who charted maps to the lesser-known ones who fought for the needs of people often… https://t.co/z4TxeHmdEa
1/2
2018
@teresabook2 Thanks! Much appreciated. And to you, alsoClosing off the year on a non-architectural note: two views from Quarry Trail in Tilden Park, looking east and look… https://t.co/PG3tQgiAQa
12/31
2018
Two dozen pelicans, serene above the ever-rising SF skyline https://t.co/9PoYM0LiBR
12/30
2018
ICYMI: My feature on the Fillmore Heritage Center, a fascinating building in the middle of the Fillmore district th… https://t.co/TAuaMi6W68
Retweeted by John KingOne thing I like about this time of year -- "evergreen" stories, where reporters toss in a few extra pieces, non-br… https://t.co/zOui4DmJdaDoes any Steph Curry story not make him seem like an even greater guy than you thought? https://t.co/9LUUbfJn4f
12/29
2018
@amandakhurley You doth ask too much in today’s mood of perpetual outrageA reminder from @sfjkdineen of how important that methodical, caring individuals can be to communities where the ne… https://t.co/LylI65YyUt @gretakaul @UMN_HSJMC 2. In reporting opinions, such as those found in polls, salience is key. Not just what people… https://t.co/9XfxYGggs2 @gretakaul @UMN_HSJMC 1) Keep leads short and propulsive. First paragraph, ideally, is no more than 35 words.When in Mendota, pay attention to the signs https://t.co/evZrmZlrC5
12/28
2018
Stick to I-5, and everything in our Central Valley looks like the shot on left (or flatter). Switch to the older ro… https://t.co/jOhBmSnRbdSeems @sfchronicle should do this with @JohnKingSFChron @chicagotribune with @BlairKamin & all other newspapers wit… https://t.co/ZpN3HrrMBa
Retweeted by John KingMy favorite: @fougeronarch pointing out the absurdity of misaligned windows in vertical buildings https://t.co/yatP7KMaOi @nelsot1 @sfchronicle Wish I did! Rarely drive in. Maybe I’ll try tomorrow..... @AmyRWorth @tworthlaw51 Wow, that’s dedication!Another change, of course, is that I was able to take this photograph from my dashboard while zipping west on an easy morning drive!San Francisco's southern skyline as it looked a decade ago, One Rincon on the left, Infinity towers in the middle a… https://t.co/J4U3oel6h3
12/27
2018
@debrajsaunders Remember, it is ALL about him!ICYMI: the odd saga of Richard Neutra's much-altered, now-demolished Twin Peaks house that may be rebuilt. My take… https://t.co/IrihbBxjCfExcellent piece on preservation of major works of art in our community https://t.co/29jWzBfVLS
Retweeted by John KingAnd a good thing, since the line at Acme bakery is around the corner https://t.co/nTgnh6azu6 @24_architect @IngaSaffron So much unknown should this occur. By all accounts it was a simple cottage, and there’s… https://t.co/c2BMWtSasW @IngaSaffron Thanks, Inga!What we talk about when we talk about re-constructing a Richard Neutra cottage on San Francisco's Twin Peaks https://t.co/eCiXfafyo1
12/24
2018
@RosaSheng @aarieff @amandakhurley @IngaSaffron @LangeAlexandra @aaronbetsky @paulgoldberger @BlairKamin Honestly,… https://t.co/uDeRjWqLKH @DamnTrue @burritojustice But building codes WERE violated. The owner had entitled plans for a renovation and addit… https://t.co/Y9iVPMCoEmMy take on SF demanding that a razed Neutra House be rebuilt to its 1935 design: "As a blow for historic preservati… https://t.co/6l4pQA7naR @IleanaSchinder @RosaSheng @aarieff @amandakhurley @IngaSaffron @LangeAlexandra @JohnKingSFChron @aaronbetskyhttps://t.co/46QSHWu2Io
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12/23
2018
I will admit to having been thinking about a response to this tweet (Trump’s, not yours!) for a while, and still do… https://t.co/rZ3v44Mvig
Retweeted by John King‘‘Tis the season, all distractions aside https://t.co/iGebsUtT5S
12/22
2018
oops! Misspelled @fougeronarch @poormanstwtr @realDonaldTrump What else but .... SAD! @John_Friedman @lms_arch @EHDDarch Indeed!An observation that I'm sure would resonate with @fourgeronarch -- and Marsha Maytum of @lms_arch -- and Jennifer D… https://t.co/bOEg6tuf3pThe three branches of government: Donald Trump, Stephen Miller and Mark Meadows. Not exactly what was topping my Christmas 2018 wish list.A simple corrugated roofline curve, or architecture holding back the sky? https://t.co/qIdNjJWk2Z
12/21
2018
"He is politically isolated, and with each new outburst he cements the conclusion he is irrational and unfit to gov… https://t.co/7QkkaFqEBqSigh. On all fronts....
12/20
2018
@justinberton Even better!
12/19
2018
Among the reasons I love downtown Oakland: the terra-cotta icing on otherwise straightforward older buildings https://t.co/dEGtkuWFtGLook what cool #parkinggarage made the @sfchronicle ! @JohnKingSFChron says "A Berkeley parking garage that even ca… https://t.co/umi1e3MzD5
Retweeted by John King @TJMitchellWS @burritojustice @SFjkdineen wow! That is a severe little jewel....
12/18
2018

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