Apple & Earthquakes

I initially viewed the new Apple Campus from behind a chain link fence in early 2017 while it was under construction. Then two things happened. First, I read an article in the New York Times about “base isolators” (more on that later). Then, I experienced the 7.1 earthquake on the evening of July 5th while visiting my

2019-08-06T23:18:40+00:00 Happenings|

Concrete & Me

I am fascinated with all things construction, and, in this instance, with the ubiquitous concrete trucks that we see at construction sites. So, I invited myself to visit Mira--Tishman’s 40-story condo development (aka “The Twisty Building”) on Folsom at Spear. I was taken on a tour by two gents with Pacific-Structures, the development’s concrete structure

2019-06-27T16:55:01+00:00 Happenings|

Living Walls and Freud

When someone mentions psychology, you think of Freud, right? I do, although I admit I may be a bit crazy! The living walls at Jasper, at the corner of 1st Street and Harrison, caught my attention many moons ago. You can see them here, adjacent to a gas station, which has recently been demolished for a

2019-06-10T16:29:31+00:00 Happenings|

100 Years of History

There is a big, new 40-story building going up at the corner of Mission and South Van Ness. It is currently referred to as 1500 Mission (Related California is the developer) and, while it hasn’t been named yet, I’m thinking that it might be called the Coke Building, to the chagrin of everyone except those

2019-05-12T23:01:12+00:00 Happenings|

Protecting the Kids

Pass any construction site, and I bet you see a big sign that says something about SAFETY. While 181 Fremont might be the safest building in the U.S. (more about that later), what has always fascinated me about the building is not what it is but how it got to be what it is. I’m

2019-05-13T15:26:38+00:00 Happenings|

Masterpieces Take A While

Let’s talk about the Salesforce Transit Center, and allow me to compare it to Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. My ‘deep’ research concludes that the Mona Lisa was commissioned in 1503, and supposedly traveled as a work-in-progress with da Vinci for several years as he was wont to take his time to finish a

2019-02-18T16:44:09+00:00 Happenings|

LISA Movement October ’18 Update: Sustainability

New College Grads Find Sustainability Jobs in the Construction Industry If you've spent time with recent college grads, likely you've pick up a priority they typically share as a group: a commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. Also, consider that San Francisco Bay Area is arguably the city/region at the forefront of sustainable technologies and design. I call this a perfect fit.