Posts Tagged ‘modern’

SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine


And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

Frisco Landscape: Range Rover, Shuttered McDonalds, Graffiti, Woman, Lexus, Another Lexus, Federal Building

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

And State Highway 101 to the left:

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Motorized Farming in the Great Valley in 2016 Doesn’t Look All That Much Different Than What It Must Have a Century Ago

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

So you got your crew, your crew conveyance and some port-a-potties out there, and probably some hand tools

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Take out the port-a-potties and the van and this scene could be from 1916 just saying…

“BEL-AIR INTL.” – The Best Sign Anywhere – It’s Obtuse _and_ Acute, But Only Mildly So

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Now myself, sure, I train pilots, from time to time, who doesn’t? But I ain’t no professional.

I’m not like these guys. They’re pros:

However, the Yelp reviews couldn’t be worse, so there you go…

Know Your Financial District Buildings: Pre-Quake, Post-Quake, Post-Modern, Modern – All in a Row

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

From California Street, starting in the lower right:

400 Montgomery, the Alvinza Hayward Building, aka the Kohl Building, 130+ feet tall, 1901

500 California, the Omni Hotel, these days anyway, ___ feet tall, 1927

580 California, the No Name Building, apparently, 351 feet tall, 1987

650 California, the Hartford Building, 466 feet tall, 1964

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There’s a lot of history in this photo. Do you see the trend – taller and less ornate until, whoops we went too far…

You know who should write about this kind of stuff? John King. Get him a camera like this or something.

Minimalism on Clement Street: A Thoughtful Tagger Matches Graffito with Canvas

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

W.A.S.I. Investment Advisory Services at 432 Clement has a new-school look about it,* so the latest tagger to come by honored that with a similarly minimalist scribble.


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Let’s all applaud this youthful artiste de rue for his restraint, for his thoughtfulness.

*Complete with a sliding-glass(!) main-entrance door (and a sign telling everybody how to operate it).

The Civic Center Burger King Looks Much Better Now While Under Construction – Take a Look

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

When they’re done fixing up the Civic Center Burger King at Hyde and Market, they ought to just leave the scaffolding and the netting.

Why? Because this is the best-looking BK in the land. It’s a giant black box with the logo barely visible.


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Just take down the Open During Construction sign and you’re done.

Modern Art in a National Park: “Presidio Habitats” Runs Until May 15, 2011

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Turns out that the Presdio‘s born-and-raised millionaire and billionaire NIMBY neighbors can’t keep modern art out of our Presidio after all.

Anyway, this is the first I’ve heard of the effort. Check it.

Look for this next time your in the Presidio:

SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 — PhilippeBecker (, a San Francisco branding and design agency announced today that it is one of11 international designers and artists commissioned to create art for public display in the Presidio, in the first-ever public art project conceived for a National Park.

Commissioned in 2009 by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the Presidio Trust, 25 designers and artists were invited to submit habitat proposals for specific animal residents of the Presidio. 11 submissions were selected and commissioned for the Presidio Habitats art installation, including PhilippeBecker’s “Winged Wisdom”. []

Winged Wisdom was conceived by Brody Hartman, director of creative strategy for PhilippeBecker, and designed in collaboration with Philippe Becker, creative director. “The American robin is an enduring icon in our landscape. It is a beloved bird whose behavior demonstrates nature’s ‘wisdom’, which in turn teaches us valuable lessons about how to relate to the land and with each other,” says Hartman. Winged Wisdom is composed of three-dimensional letters that spell out within the landscape three of the robins’ wise behaviors: ‘resolve conflict with song’, ‘adapt to change’, and ‘nest from the inside out’.

Each letter, built of steel armature and mesh netting, is filled with sterile straw, providing ideal nesting material for the robin.  “Our hope is to give park visitors an unexpected, yet mindful provocation of nature’s strength and wisdom,” says Hartman.

Other installations include Fritz Haeg’s Snag Tower, Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects’ Exhibition Pavilion, and Ai Weiwei’s Western Screech Owl Habitats. Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio Habitats installations will be on view for a full year.  More information is available at

Ai Weiwei
Philippe Becker Design
Chadwick Studio
Mark Dion with Nitin Jayaswal
Jensen Architects
Amy Lambert
Nathan Lynch
Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects
Surface Design, Inc.
Taalman Koch Architecture
Proposals/Models on Exhibit
Jeffrey Berkus Architects
CMG Landscape Architecture
Topher Delaney
Design Ecology
Amy Franceschini with ALITE Designs
Anya Gallaccio
Fritz Haeg
Walter Hood
Michelle Kaufmann
Rigo 23
John Roloff
SIMPARCH with Deborah Stratma
Mark Thompson
Bruce Tomb and David TombAbout PhilippeBecker
About PhilippeBecker

PhilippeBecker is a branding and design agency founded in 1998. Agency clients include Clorox, Del Monte, Disney, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Jamba Juice, JCPenney, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Safeway, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and Wrigley. More information is available at

About the FOR-SITE Foundation

The FOR-SITE Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of art about place. FOR-SITE was created in 2003 to encourage the development of new work for exhibition in public institutions. Presidio/Site/Sculpture, a site-based initiative of the FOR-SITE Foundation launched in 2008 with Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire, provides the public with new ways to see, understand, and appreciate the natural, historic, and cultural resources of San Francisco’s Presidio, a 1,491-acre urban national park. More information is available at

Artistic T-Shirts Now Available at the 75-Year-Old San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Our corporate overlords at the Gap have teamed up with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to celebrate SFMOMA‘s 75th anniversary with artistic T-shirts. Admission is free at the SoMA MoMA for this weekend’s festivities, so you’ll be assured of having plenty of mad money jingling in your pockets: 

“Gap and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are collaborating to introduce a unique line of eight, limited edition artist-designed T-shirts as part of the museum’s 75th anniversary.

Starting Saturday, January 16, the T-shirts [$24.50] will be available in 13 Bay Area Gap stores [see complete list below], the SFMOMA MuseumStore and online at

The T-shirts are designed by nine well-known artists with Bay Area connections, including Rosana Castrillo Díaz, Simon Evans, Chris Johanson, Kerry James Marshall, Barry McGee, Ed Ruscha, Leslie Shows, and Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. See “About the Artists” below for more information on individual artists.”

This could be you:

All the deets, after the jump