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350 Mission passes flimsy CEQA appeal

350 Mission Street is a 375-foot proposed office tower to be built at the corner of Mission and Fremont Streets in downtown San Francisco.  The site, which currently has a low-rise building occupied by Heald College, is catty-corner to the large construction site that will become the Transbay Transit Center. 350 Mission is a solid … Continue reading


Checking In On Downtown Oakland Projects: 3-21-2008

I recently had occasion to check out some of the new projects under construction in downtown Oakland, so this post will provide a pictorial update of the construction reported in this post from last October. This post will be mostly photos; for more context and details on the projects, please check out that earlier post. … Continue reading

Evolving Skyline: 2-12-2008

One of my favorite features of San Francisco’s downtown street map, two grids meeting at a diagonal, is that looking down just about any street yields a view not only of a streetwall, but also of a cross-sectional sliver of the skyline, offset at an angle. Now that Rincon Hill and South of Market are … Continue reading

A Fight Over the Secret Garden

The Oakland Tribune reports today about a public scoping meeting that will take place at Oakland City Hall, tonight at the 6:00 pm Planning Commission meeting. The goal of the meeting is to receive public commentary about a project in planning, a new tower at 222 19th Street known as Emerald Views. Soaring to 457 … Continue reading

Construction Progress: 9-25-2007

Time for another construction update! The last construction progress post mainly focused on buildings that were recently completed or are very near completion, so this post will cover many large projects that are not as far along yet. As usual for these posts, you can click through each picture to see a larger version. The … Continue reading

Hines-Pelli Design is the Official Transbay Winner

To the surprise of no one, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority announced today that the design submitted by Pelli Clarke Pelli architect and the Hines development team to the Transbay competition has officially won the competition. The TJPA retained a jury that studied the designs, and last week the jury unanimously selected the Hines-Pelli design … Continue reading

Jury Selects the Pelli Transbay Design

The word is finally out: of the three designs submitted to the competition deciding which architect/developer team will build the new Transbay Transit Center and its associated signature tower, the jury has selected the Pelli Clarke Pelli design. The Pelli design was ranked as the best choice by every juror. The next favorite design was … Continue reading

Construction Progress: 9-10-2007

This is the first in a new series of posts that will depict the construction progress of new projects in the Bay Area. In general, I’ll stick to high-rise or major mid-rise developments, as well as more unique projects — for example, museums, theaters, or otherwise notable cultural buildings. Why would I ever want to … Continue reading

3D Model Video of 181 Fremont and Transbay

UPDATE (September 7, 2007): For some reason, the YouTube clip mentioned in this post, and another similar clip by the same user, have both been removed from YouTube, just a short couple of days after they were first posted. It’s a shame they have been removed so soon, but I can only hope it is … Continue reading

New Tower Proposed for 181 Fremont

Yep, that’s right. Yet another tower proposed for the Transbay district in downtown San Francisco. This story is not brand new, as it was actually printed in last Friday’s Business Times, but I refrained from posting about it, in order to keep the Bay Bridge-related transit updates at the top of the page through the … Continue reading


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