John King


Architecture critic, style agnostic, photographer of things that don't move. Author of Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings (Heyday, 2011).

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As for these lurid lively metal "shingles" on a South Bay infill project -- I am speechless.

Read closely, drivers. There WILL be a test.

I admire this donut shop's determination to deny the reality of its architectural context.

Beaux-Arts boosterism of the blue-and-gold sort -- go Warriors! -- at S.F. City Hall.

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S.F. City Hall gets in the Oakland team spirit. #warriors #/Beaux-ArtsBoosterism

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A facade makeover I like: birds freshly painted on a homely 4th St. wall.

Few sights make me pause on mid-Market. This did -- in a good way.

This I do NOT like: flat-screen monitors on #BART platforms to show ads. Even more irritating than elevator cabs.

Strange but true: as work proceeds , the rooftop sculpture garden's trees remain in place.

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A too-vivid reminder that requiring ground-floor retail is not the same as making an enticing streetscape.

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For once, #Muni overhead wires complement, not clash with, the tower (in process) in back.

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"Hello? Do you realize that's a Robert Bechtle you're ignoring?" #SFO

S.F.'s Financial District, where tradition accommodates trends.

The apartment block across from #sffire might want to change this marketing slogan

Lake Mission Bay, 3/12/14 #sffire

The food truck craze, at least in S.F., now officially has jumped the shark.

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A downtown view you won't find on postcards, but it has a certain big-city charge nonetheless.

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Unexpected architectural delight of day: the catacombed grandeur of BART's 24th Street station.

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On a canvas in a frame, I'd walk right past "Bayview Rise." At skyline scale on waterfront, it knocks me out.

Some public art is all about spectacle and size.