Islais Channel Research


2011 — 5th Year

A study of San Francisco’s last primarily industrial-use neighborhood, which uses photography and highly detailed line drawings to determine the area’s latent value for functional urban space.

While San Francisco’s eastern waterfront was once a primary resorce for the city, the area has declined with the forty year shift to an information and technology-based economy. With its current state of relative abandon, the waterfront is considered the last frontier of development within the city. The northern section, including the Embarcadero and Mission Channel, has already succumbed to the pressures of condo, loft, tourist and creative developments, yet the lower section is mostly untouched.

Focusing on the filled land that was once Islais Bay, I have meticulously catalogued and photographed the structures within the site. By looking at the detailing, organization and history of these structures, my hope has been to uncover a design language that can be replicated and expanded upon. Rather than succumb to the vapid historicism of recent ‘new urbanist’ proposals for the area, a truly local perspective could maintain some of the site’s basic character in the face of new uses.


SFCranes
SFElevator
SFChannel
SFPier
SFOutlet
SFOriginalShore
SFRailExtent
SFIndustrialWatershed
SFSite
SFCargo
SFCrane
SFElevator
SFTunnel