I’m starting this post not knowing if it will be the story of how we got here or where I think we’re going. This (hopefully) marks a return to blogging, spurred on by my friend Kazys Varnelis who recently posted about the demise of communication facilitated by Facebook and points to blogging as a way… Continue reading Hello 2019: The death and life of the blog
Mark is an architect in San Francisco.
Monograph or Manifesto? Fernau + Hartman’s Improvisations on the Land
I’m always a little surprised when my free issue of Architectural Record arrives, seeing as I haven’t subscribed to it since I stopped getting it with my AIA membership a few years ago. The final issue of 2015 arrived recently and I flipped through the a short guide to new publications (Monographs in Disguise) penned… Continue reading Monograph or Manifesto? Fernau + Hartman’s Improvisations on the Land
What’s not wrong with shipping containers
That last post received far more traffic than I ever expected (What’s wrong with shipping container architecture? Everything), and continues to generate requests for quotes on shipping container projects in other cities. It has also received a thoughtful reply from architect Colleen Lashuk. In her reply she says : There aren’t so very many things… Continue reading What’s not wrong with shipping containers
What’s wrong with shipping container housing? Everything.
What’s wrong with shipping container buildings? Nothing, if they’re used for the right purpose. For a temporary facility, where an owner desires the shipping container aesthetic, they can be a good fit (look, I’ve even done a container project!). For sites where on-site construction is not feasible or desirable, fitting a container out in the… Continue reading What’s wrong with shipping container housing? Everything.
Are San Francisco’s “famed progressive politics” really to blame for the housing crisis?
Perhaps you have read Gabe Metcalf’s piece for CityLab titled ‘What’s the Matter With San Francisco? The city’s devastating affordability crisis has an unlikely villain—its famed progressive politics.’ It goes into depth about how policies in San Francisco have lead to the current situation where one bedroom apartments are renting for $82,000 per year. Yes, policies… Continue reading Are San Francisco’s “famed progressive politics” really to blame for the housing crisis?
San Francisco’s Housing Crisis: Let’s try everything
Unless you’re already a property owner, things are not getting any easier in San Francisco. Rents rose nearly 14.9 percent from January 2014 to January 2015. San Francisco permitted just 193 new units for every 1,000 new residents from 2012 to 2013, according to Zillow. Only 16% of the current development pipeline is “affordable” affordable-,… Continue reading San Francisco’s Housing Crisis: Let’s try everything
A warm February evening across from the Apple Store
, A massive steel I-beam is hammered into the ground like a golf tee or a tent stake, holding up the trolley wires that have run up Market Street since just after the great earthquake in 1906. Before that, horsecars, steam trains and cable cars all took their turn on Market Street’s rails. The beam… Continue reading A warm February evening across from the Apple Store
Ed Lee’s plans for “middle class” home buying & the math
Ed Lee touted San Francisco’s down payment assistance program in his State of the City address this week. How well does it really work in an incredibly expensive real estate market like San Francisco? Assume a couple with no kids is making 120% of the median income, which is the maximum you can make to… Continue reading Ed Lee’s plans for “middle class” home buying & the math
San Francisco, where urban planning meets the ballot box
I spotted the following headline today on SF Gate: Supervisor wants S.F. to follow state on reforming initiatives and it immediately reminded me that I’d been working on a recap of a number of the planning-related issues that have come up on local ballots recently. Supervisor Wiener’s suggestions make a lot of sense: they both create… Continue reading San Francisco, where urban planning meets the ballot box
Leaving San Francisco. What’s your backup plan?
Yesterday on Twitter, I posted the question to San Franciscans of what their backup plans were if they had to leave for financial reasons. As rents and housing prices accelerate it’s something I think about almost every day. Even moving to the East Bay is seeming to be less and less of an option as… Continue reading Leaving San Francisco. What’s your backup plan?