Mr. Hood, whose landscape architecture firm designed the grounds of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, lives in Oakland, and he spends a lot of time traveling. In August, he accepted a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award at the White House. (His words have been edited and condensed.)
Five outstanding developments have been selected as winners of the 2009 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The winners are: the American University in Cairo – New Campus, Cairo, Egypt; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Rise, Vancouver, British Columbia; West Chelsea/High Line Rezoning Plan, New York City; and Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Zhongshan, China.
The two famous windmills in Golden Gate Park could soon have a lot of company as a broad array of city officials, business leaders and environmentalists push for streamlined, modern versions to spring up at famous spots all over the city.
Wind turbines could soon be built at Twin Peaks, Treasure Island, the Civic Center, Ocean Beach, the San Francisco Zoo, city parks and the airport as demonstration sites for how urban wind farms could help power San Francisco – and to educate residents in the hopes they’ll put them on their rooftops.
San Francisco got a taste of modern bicycle sharing when a truck pulled into Golden Gate Park on Sunday and dropped off seven bikes attached to a unique pay station that was portable, wireless and juiced by solar panels.
For five hours, hundreds of park visitors tested out the Bixi system, which since May has allowed Montreal residents – with the swipe of a credit card or prepaid pass – to unlock a bike from one station and drop it off at another.