Posts Tagged ‘modern’

“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 (www.beckersf.com), 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”. [http://for-site.org/presidioHabitats/artist.php?code=2]

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 http://www.for-site.org/presidioHabitats/about.php

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Philippe Becker Design
CEBRA
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 www.beckersf.com.

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 http://for-site.org/.

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 www.sfmoma.org/museumstore.

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:

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San Francisco is Going Crazy for Piaggio Hybrid Tricycle Scooters

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Check out just one of the handful of Italian-made three-wheel Piaggio MP3 scooters I’ve seen recently on the Streets of San Francisco. Is it one of them new gas-electric hybrid models? Non so, can’t tell them apart. But let’s imagine it’s a 125cc hybrid with electric boost. Kewl.

You’ll note that Piaggio did it the hard way, by having two wheels up front. These little putt putts stand up by themselves until you get the revs over 1400 RPM – at that point the front wheels unlock from each other so you can turn

This fellow heading up Kearny had no complaints, anyway:

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And fashionable Italian women just seem to love these newfangled contraptions. See?

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Don’t forget your helmet. Safety first:

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Esaminilo, madre! Nessun mani!

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The tragedy of helmet hair:

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Let’s hear from the folks at Modern Vespa from just east of the bay area in Walnut Creek, way out in CoCo County:

WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

And people start cross-country journey on these things in our little burg owing to the fact that the Lincoln Highway used to end here.

They start at just $7200 – order yours today!

The Hanging Birdhouses of San Francisco County – Homes for the Berds?

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Remember all those Plywood Padlock Pigeons hanging above San Francisco a year and a half ago? Sure you do, they were Everywhere You Wanted To Be.

As here, seen back in ought-seven hanging about the MoMA in the SoMA on 3rd Street Willie Brown Way:

Well, now those berds” from Browne in “Los Berdgeles, CA” can have a place to stay, courtesy of the birdhouses appearing above the Streets of San Francisco these days.

As here, in the Mission, Mission District District, with famous Sutro Tower (it’s analog AND digital, thanks for asking!) in the background:

Mystery solved.

Hey, have you heard? Teh Berd is the Word.

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The Presidio Trust Releases Its Year-End Report for 2008.

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

You know the Presidio, right? It’s that scary place that Bill O’Reilly wouldn’t dream of visiting at night. But take a look for yourself by opening up Today at the Presidio, the Presidio Trust 2008 Year-End Report, aka Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Report (with Performance & Accountability Report), It’s loaded with photos, anyway.

Here’s something new for 2008, the Crissy Field Overlook:

But here’s something that hasn’t changed at all in 2008 – the Main Post Theatre on Moraga is still closed, in part due to opposition from owners of other movie theatres. (Rather like like how Mike Dell might object to the opening of an Apple Store, non?) No matter, the San Francisco Film Society still dreams of reopening the joint and having festivals ‘n stuff.

Last year also saw plans change for the proposed Contemporary Art Museum Presidio (CAMP) project. Gluckman Mayner is no longer on the job, but some locals are finishing up the details on a new approach right now.

So there you have it.

Presidio Trust Unveils 2008 Year-End Report
Today at the Presidio Highlights the Many Ways People Use the Park

Presidio of San Francisco (January 29, 2009) – The Presidio Trust has released its year-end report for 2008, detailing how the agency has managed the largest historic preservation effort currently underway in the country, offered cultural events and programs, created new recreational opportunities, and fostered a growing community. Today at the Presidio focuses on the everyday ways that people – those who live, work, and visit – are experiencing the 1,500-acre park.
 
The Presidio is celebrating its 15th year as a national park.
 
“I am pleased to share the significant achievements from the past year and proud of the contributions made by our board members, staff and volunteers,” said Craig Middleton, executive director of the Presidio Trust.  “We are particularly proud of the how the community has evolved and the growth in number of people who enjoy the park – working, living and recreating here. Community life has truly returned to the Presidio.”
 
Using a “day in the life” approach, the report highlights the ways people enjoy the diverse activities available in the park – daily occurrences such as residents commuting on the free PresidiGo Shuttle in early morning, to high school students conducting a science class at Baker Beach during the day, to docents training for public events in the evening.
 
The “performance and accountability” section focuses on the sound fiscal performance driven by strong demand for residential and commercial leased property. Progress on plans to revitalize the Main Post and communicate its historic significance, the historic rehabilitation of the former Public Health Service Hospital district into residential units, trail and scenic overlook improvements, new volunteer opportunities, and enhanced public access to the park are also detailed in the report.
 
The full report is available on the Presidio Trust website at http://www.presidio.gov/trust/documents/AnnualReports.htm.
 
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to manage the Presidio of San Francisco, a former Army base located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The 1,500-acre site contains the infrastructure of a small community as well as expansive open space, a 300-acre historic forest, spectacular views, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. It comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to its status as a National Historic Landmark District, making it unlike any other national park. www.presidio.gov