Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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Written by:hostPrint
11/16/2012 11:51 AM 

The New York Times is questioning the lack of “brand name” architecture in San Francisco. While nearby Silicon Valley is seeing projects from Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, architects in the city are forced to create unimaginative towers by the city’s ultra-strict zoning laws.

The article brings up the example of the Richard Meier’s sculptural tower which has been bogged down in planning issues for five years. The tower, originally designed to be “not your traditional San Francisco architecture,” has since been met with an “obsessive” level of wind restrictions, according to the article.

An excerpt:
“Forty years after it was completed, the 850-foot (259-meter) Transamerica Pyramid remains the most recognizable high-rise tower built in the City by the Bay…Today it stands mostly alone in a city more interested in conserving its old Victorian-style homes than in making a statement with new development. It is a puzzling phenomenon in a part of the country often seen as an engine of American innovation.”

Find the full New York Times article here.