Buildings Unattractive, Tedious, Terrible: Ugly.

A couple of months ago, Brock Keeling happened upon a thing called “Mission Bay.”

Why Is Mission Bay So Ugly?

Brock says:

You know you’re in trouble when an area’s parking garages receive more acclaim than anything else.

Saying that Mission Bay is ugly is a tautology, right? I’m pretty sure that people do not live there out of any sort of neighborhood pride and deep sense of community, but rather out of pure convenience: it has easy access to both the peninsula and downtown SF. As such, it is a convenient place from which one can leave.

To answer the question asked in Brock’s headline: graft. I’d say ineptitude, but I’m sure that there are some very talented architects out there who designed the various Mission Bay monstrosities and then wiped their tears away with big paychecks.

However, the pool at the UCSF gym is apparently pretty great.


  1. Ludwig wrote:

    That gym has TWO pools, one indoors and one out on the roof.

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  2. MU wrote:

    The Architectural Review Board of San Francisco needs to completely revisit their rules of engagement. ALL of San Francisco’s building pretty much suck. The new federal building on 7th is not representative of the suck since the ARB could not control it.
    Have you seen another major city in the world where the buildings are so uniformly boring and ugly?

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

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