Check the gallery to see what our creative participants came up with for the future of Sutro Baths! We thought it was wonderful that the amazing Western Neighborhoods Project posted this picture today as well. We would love to see a boardwalk or pier out to Fisherman’s Rock again!
The unfinished history of the plant-lab turned public park we call The Panhandle written up by FoundSF is a great primer on this familiar piece of the fabric of San Francisco. We love learning about what brought our landscapes to their current incarnations…and dreaming up new directions they might take. Check it out HERE. Join the conversation at our next Designing with Drinks at The Homestead, 19 Sept 2012
A project that was featured in Landscape Architecture magazine back in December of 2010 caught 4CSF’s eye. The design work was done by JMD Design, and was completed in 2009. The City of Sydney’s renewal of Paddington Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street won the prestigious 2009 Australian Award for Urban Design, from a field of 42 nominated projects. The Gardens sit over the State Heritage listed Paddington Reservoir. Designed by the City Engineer, Edward Bell, the Paddington Reservoir was built between 1866 and 1878 and was a key element in Sydney’s early water supply.¹
The magic of this space brought to mind some of our own beloved SF ruins…Sutro Baths, for example, is simply bursting with possibility (see our November contest). We also have an abandoned reservoir in our own city – Francisco Reservoir in Russian Hill. The fate of that land is currently under debate. Watch the clip below, and come to our next Designing with Drinks charette at CCA on July 19th and help get the ideas rolling for our town!
² Landscape Architecture by JMD Design, Australia
MAY’s contest is all about looking at the holes in the fabric of a place, a neighborhood, in San Francisco, and coming up with ways to stitch them back into the pattern of life around us.
This project in the Las Delicias district of Zaragoza, Spain, is a really interesting example of taking a neighborhood eyesore, an underutilized space, and transforming it into a resource and treasure for the people who live there. Check out the link, what the designers & developers did for Las Delicias, and turn your eye to San Francisco…and send in your ideas! You might win, and then we can work to start something real. E X C I T I N G!
Here is the ‘before’ picture of their ‘missing tooth’:
Here are a few of the ‘after’ pictures from the web article linked above.
Our next DESIGNING WITH DRINKS will be held on
APRIL 25th | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | THE HOMESTEAD, 19th & Folsom
ADULT PLAYGROUND – DO YOUR PART TO KEEP SAN FRANCISCO FUN
The last one was so much fun, and so interesting, don’t miss out on our April Event! We’ll have more folks for you to talk to, have a beer with, and help collaborate and brainstorm on ways to make San Francisco more playful and full of surprises. That’s right, there’s no such thing as to much awesome in this town. Check out our April contest, and enter online or in person at Designing with Drinks. Looking for some co-conspirators? Find them over a delicious cocktail and basket of peanuts.
Exciting News! We’re throwing a party!
6:30- 9:30pm | WEDS, MARCH 28th | The Homestead Bar (Folsom & 19th St.)
We have partnered with SF Beautiful to host a monthly meet-up where you can do fab things like:
- meet other creative and design minded folks over a drink
- chat with experts on the current month’s contest topic
- ACTUALLY CRAFT AND SUBMIT an entry! We will have entry forms and art supplies on hand for you to sketch out your brilliant plans
- have a delicious cocktail at The Homestead
- eat a whole basket of peanuts. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
We have a Facebook event and page, BY THE WAY, so please like us, RSVP to the event, and come say hello!
We had a wonderful meeting with our fabulous January Judge, Eve Batey of the SF Appeal, at the Beachside Cafe on 48th and Judah. Eve has lived in the Outer Sunset since 2004 and loves her ‘hood, and Ocean Beach. We cozied up to the bar right by the coffee station as all the tables were full. This turned out for the best, as we had the advantage of side commentary from Michael, the delightful barrista. Check back tomorrow for THE WINNER and commentary on all the other entries!
All you Ocean Beach lovers, sketch up your ideas, register, and submit TODAY for the January contest. You have until midnight tonight (or whenever we wake up tomorrow) to get those entries in. Our amazing January Judges are eagerly standing by! Don’t deny them your brilliance!