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Marc L’Italien — EHDD
Marc L’Italien
Marc L’Italien
Fort Point
Fort Point/Wikipedia
Berkeley and Berkeley Hills
Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands/Wikipedia
Randall Museum
Randall Museum/Wikipedia

Marc is a design principal with EHDD, and lead design architect for two pioneering net zero energy projects, the Exploratorium at Pier 15 on the historic Embarcadero and a new home for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA.

Favorite new green building:
Some of the best green design in San Francisco is popping up in the most unique destinations. One of my favorites is Mint Plaza, a great outdoor space that brings people together and seamlessly integrates green strategies including a storm water treatment system.

Must-see historic building:
Fort Point in the Presidio is a great example of saving our historic landmarks. During the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, the original plan was to demolish the fort, but due to the engineer’s historic appreciation, this remarkable landmark was carefully and thankfully saved.

Off-the-beaten-path architecture:
Just a short Bart train away, I recommend a walk through Berkeley and the Berkeley Hills to see the work of Bernard Maybeck, the most innovative and idiosyncratic Bay Area architect of the early 20c.

Best public parks/spaces:
By crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, you can find your way to the Marin Headlands with spectacular views of the bridge and San Francisco, World War II fortifications and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Also, I always recommend the Filbert Steps as a hidden gem in the city. Here you can lose yourself in a unique SF experience with cliff side cottages, wildflowers, and the parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Museums, galleries, and performing arts:
Randall Museum on top of Corona Heights is a unique children’s museum with interactive exhibits. One of the most unique views of the city is at the top of the Corona Heights Park above the museum. To take in a show while visiting the city, the Berkeley Rep is the best theater in the Bay Area, launching Broadway plays such as American Idiot.

Drinking, dining, and shopping:
Right in our backyard is Southern Pacific Brewery, a great Mission neighborhood joint for an afternoon beer designed by Boor Bridges Architecture. Grab a Ritual Coffee at their other project, Flora Grubb Gardens, a surprising nursery hidden in the industrial neighborhood of Bayview. For dinner, you can never go wrong with a window seat at Zuni Café, an institution in SF known for its oysters, whole chicken dinner and Bloody Mary cocktails.

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