The Climb Real Estate Group operates in San Francisco and presents the results of the property search through 4 main modes, one of which is a rather visual map. This does not mean that the property you wish will align with your budget, but at least seems to give a clear vision on the available information.
The common image of the United States for Europeans is that of a country with almost no multifamily housing; but even when the single family housing is overwhelmingly dominant, but for some cities as New York and San Francisco, the situation could be changing in this post-subprime world.
This building in San Francisco, by Kennerly Architecture and Planning (2009), groups 8 apartments (7 of some 90 sq m and 1 of some 66) in a small lot of the urban core. The volumes recall the traditional bow windows of the city.
Imagenes tomadas de la página web de Kennerly Architecture and Planning
The California Academy of Sciences is at the core of the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It is a classical sample of a large representative civic building in a central spot of a public park. Loma Prieta earthquake in 1988 damaged the original building beyond repair, and italian architect Renzo Piano (co-author of the Pompidou Center in Paris) was called for reconstruction. The idea (that can be clearly perceived in the google map) is to bring back the building area to plants through an interesting planted roof. The building has received a high mark according to the LEED sustainable development rating system (10% of the energy used by the building is generated through its on-site solar cells, and the six inches of earth on the roof are a high insulation envelope). More information on this remarkable building at:
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The new Barclays Cycle Superhighways are cycle routes (painted in blue, 1,50 m wide, on the car plaform) running from outter London into central London. They are meant to provide a safer and faster journey for commuters. A bike rental service is associated, and you can also learn to ride your bike. It is a possitive experience, but not entirely revolutionary.
Enter SkyCycle, a concept by British landscape Architect Sam Martin proposing a network of elevated cycle paths between the main London Tube stations, including transformed unused elevated rail lines and new infrastructure. This would increase bike speed and reduce cyclist’s deaths.
The system would not be free, as cyclists would use the Oyster card (an integrated transportation forfait) to gain access, paying about a pound to commute, which would be a third of the equivalent tube ride. It seems that a corporate partner is being searched for. But there are also some skeptics that would like to focus on the local bike networks.
The above image, that can be seen in the Rebar website (altough I have found no futher data on that in the site), seems to predict that such ideas could become common in next months.