Contributor Profile: Sabrina Brennan



Sabrina Brennan was born in New Orleans and grew up on the Gulf Coast. In 1993 she relocated to Northern California after receiving a BFA in Photography from the Atlanta College of Art. Since then, she has developed a strong affinity for the San Mateo County coast, where she lives in Moss Beach with her wife, Aimee Luthringer, to whom she was married in June 2007. > Read More


24 Hours with Iwan Baan

Mill Valley House by Koji Tsutsui with the author, Paul Jamtgaard, and Laura-Katharina Gross Serman in the foreground. Photo by Iwan Baan.

My introduction to Iwan Baan came from a friend, the architect Koji Tsutsui. Based in San Francisco, he’s not yet on the A-list of Pritzker Prize winners and other luminaries with which Baan is usually associated. So sought after that he turns down 90 percent of the inquiries he receives, Baan tracked Tsutsui down after seeing a competition-winning AIDS health clinic he designed in Africa, one of several he’d photographed. What else have you got, he asked? > Read More


Contributor Profile: Paul Jamtgaard


Paul Jamtgaard is a registered architect and urban designer with over 18 years of varied experience creating award winning projects in the US and abroad.  He works extensively on projects in the public interest including libraries, community & recreation centers and public spaces. > Read More


Help Wanted (But Maybe Not Here)

Patents per capita, by metropolitan area. Map by Mike Webster, courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Enrico Moretti’s new book about where knowledge industries cluster has implications for the economic future of all cities, and the future of their built environments. > Read More


Global Design through Local Hacking

120+ attendees met at Intersection for the Arts on 8/14/2012 to brainstorm ideas for prototype interventions on 5th Street between Howard and Market.

Andrew Faulkner reports on a recent brainstorming session that anticipates the upcoming Urban Protoyping: San Francisco festival. > Read More


Contributor Profile: Andrew Faulkner


Andrew Faulkner is an urban and architectural designer with a focus on sustainable urbanism and infrastructure. > Read More


Mapping a Trace


This work of fiction was written for TraceSF by the artist Kari Marboe. The piece focuses on a couple at the beginning of their relationship and follows them through their process of adding to San Francisco’s archaeological memory. > Read More


Contributor Profile: Kari Marboe


Kari Marboe is a text-based visual artist who received her Master of Fine Arts from UC Berkeley in 2012 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 2008. > Read More


International Orange

Interior of Fort Point during International Orange. Artist Cornelia Parker’s “Reveille” can be seen at the end of the corridor. Photo by John Cary.

On May 27, the tranquil beauty of the Bay and the grace of the Golden Gate Bridge were rocked by a spectacle of pyrotechnics and light to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bridge. > Read More


Contributor Profile: John Cary


John Cary is a connector, curator, writer, and speaker. Among other roles, he is the co-lead of The City 2.0, the 2012 TED Prize. He divides his time between San Francisco and New York.


Flection : A Phenomenology of Folds

Sara VanDerBeek. Western Costume, Black Satin (Day), 2011, detail. Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegal Gallery.

Flection, a group exhibit at Hedge Gallery through September 1st, explores the fold in abstract art. > Read More


Deja vu and SoMa’s second chance

Salesforce leased space at 50 Fremont before abandoning plans for a new campus at Mission Bay.

Earlier this year, Salesforce’s seemingly sudden decision to abandon plans for a new 2-million-square-foot campus at Mission Bay raised immediate concerns about San Francisco’s already tightening office market—and some murmurs of relief. > Read More


Contributor Profile: Yosh Asato


Yosh Asato is a writer and design communications consultant based in San Francisco, and a co-founder of TraceSF. She also directs StoreFrontLab, an exploration of storefronts as places of community, creativity and local industry.



Kobe, Japan, 8.1999, Shinkobe Oriental Hotel


Over about a 10-year period in the 1990s I did a lot of traveling, which involved periodic waiting around in hotels before and after meetings. I decided that on every trip I would execute a watercolor painting of the view through my hotel window regardless of the merits of the scene. > Read More


Contributor Profile: Christopher Arnold


Christopher Arnold, FAIA, RIBA, is a retired architect in Palo Alto, California. > Read More


Buckminster Fuller and Chuck Byrne, Non-Symmetrical Tension-Integrity Structures, United States Patent Office no. 3,866,366, from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One, 1981; screen print in white ink on clear polyester film; 30 x 40 in.; Collection SFMOMA, gift of Chuck and Elizabeth Byrne; © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, all rights reserved. Published by Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati.


The only time I heard him speak, Buckminster Fuller managed to jump from the geometric properties of his geodesic domes to the proof of God’s existence. > Read More


DIY Global

Local artisans sell their wares near downtown Oakland. Photo: Leah Marthinsen.


Think local, buy local—we are currently experiencing a surge in assertions of independence from the global supply chain. > Read More


Contributor Profile: Leah Marthinsen


Leah Marthinsen is a designer at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco. > Read More

Preserving Industry in the Eastern Neighborhoods

Union Iron Works, photo by William Porter, 2004.


The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, adopted in late December 2008, states that “San Francisco is a special place because of the way in which it has always balanced preservation with change.” It is true that despite generations of natural and manmade disasters, demographic shifts, and  radical economic realignment, San Francisco has managed to hold on to its essence as a place that “doesn’t look or feel like anywhere else.” > Read More


Contributor Profile: Christopher VerPlanck


Christopher VerPlanck is owner of the preservation firm, VerPlanck Historic Preservation Consulting. > Read More