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Cityscapes: San Francisco and its Buildings

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Buildings in cities are remarkable things: they provide not only shelter but touchstones of reference and recall, a language that shapes our sense of place as well as the skyline. In sparkling prose and with full-color photography, Cityscapes looks at fifty buildings that convey a distinct slice of San Francisco. These are the buildings that are defined by bold visual move ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Heyday
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Lori
Jan 22, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: San Franciscans, city planners and those interested
This is a small book, in both senses (size & number of pages). It is meant to be browsed through, then contemplated. It is in no way meant to be a thorough coverage of the architecture and landscape of San Francisco.
It is a charming collection of one person's view of SF today, showing how individual buildings 'get it right'. There are a few buildings that 'got it wrong', but they are all included next to a good one. The big, flashy buildings form a small part of the book, but there are a n
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Flossie
May 10, 2013 Flossie rated it it was ok
It's obvious this man has a bone to pick with preservation...

And I wasn't a fan of the photography.
Jim
Feb 15, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: san-francisco
this is a perfect gift for anyone who loves The City.
Richard
Oct 16, 2015 Richard marked it as to-read-3rd
Recommended to Richard by: SFPL
Author presentation on 14 December, 2011, at San Francisco Public Library’s Main:
Everyone in San Francisco, native or visitor, knows the Ferry Building and the Transamerica Pyramid and the city's other iconic structures. In Cityscapes: San Francisco and its Buildings, a collection of his columns in the San Francisco Chronicle, John King explores other, less well known but decidedly noteworthy buildings.

Cityscapes is a guide book of sorts. It discusses buildings that you don't find in regular gui
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Eileen
Jun 21, 2016 Eileen rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, own-print
A nice little touristy overview of some of SF's landmark buildings and their history. A gift from my brother, who lived there (he's now in Oakland).
Michael Flick
Jan 02, 2016 Michael Flick rated it really liked it
A reminder, no matter where you are, to look around and up--and especially in San Francisco.
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John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic. He joined the paper in 1992 and has been in his current post since 2001. His writing on architecture and urban design has been honored by groups including the California Preservation Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the California chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Associ ...more
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