|Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson Apartments/ © Bruce Damonte|
|The Crown Zellerbach Building Plaza/Wikipedia|
|The Academy of Sciences/Wikipedia|
Andrea Cochran, FASLA, has been practicing landscape architecture in the Bay Area for the past thirty years. Seamlessly integrating landscape, art and architecture, her work is rooted in the rich legacy of modernism in Northern California. Her innovative approach to placemaking emphasizes the unique culture and climate of the region, using a restrained palette of materials to heighten the experience of the natural environment.
Favorite new green building:
Drs. Julian + Raye Richardson Apartments: Our office was fortunate to be a part of this inspiring supportive housing project for the chronically homeless, where the building, landscape program and sustainability goals were developed together with architect David Baker + Partners. The project is GreenPoint rated and follows the Green Communities checklist. The project sustainability features include a greenroof, sunshades, storm water retention and purification with permeable paving and bioswales in the courtyard, permeable paving in the public right-of-way, custom wood furnishings from locally salvaged Cypress, and community garden planting beds on the roof. With the design quality of the project and sustainability goals, one never would guess that it was delivered on a limited budget.
Must-see historic building:
The Crown Zellerbach Building Plaza at 523 Market Street (1959) is the quintessential example of modernism, built at the height of the era.
My favorite buildings are on Pier 70—the old industrial buildings of brick and concrete, unique to San Francisco—that have yet to be restored.
Best public parks/spaces:
Crissy Field- its creation has made a vast waterfront park for the City. Walk or bike to the Golden Gate Bridge, see the restored wetlands at the lagoon, have a picnic on the beach and see the tankers float by, jump at the House of Air—the possibilities for recreation are numerous.
Museums, galleries, and performing arts:
The Academy of Sciences is really a must-see for any visitor to the City. The undulating green roof is 4.5 acres.
Drinking, dining, and shopping:
The Ferry Building has a great farmers market, fabulous restaurants, locally owned businesses with artisanal food (sampling too!), and views that can’t be beat. Also favorites of mine: the Mission District for great food, especially 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores Streets with Tartine Bakery, Delfina Pizza, and Bi-Rite Creamery; Dogpatch neighborhood near 22nd Street; the Biergarten in Hayes Valley, and the food trucks at StrEAT Food Park on 11th and Division Streets. There are too many great restaurants to name…
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