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Secret Presidio

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Presidio Visitors Center (start point)
210 Lincoln Blvd.
San Francisco 94129
United States

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Join AIASF COTE to discover the green design within the Presidio. Learn how the Presidio came to be as it is, and how it’s currently morphing to better fit the needs of San Francisco today.

The tour is led by Rob Wallace, an architect who has worked for the Presidio Trust for 25 years, lived in the Presidio, and given many a tour of his Secret Presidio, with points along the tour headed up by designers on the project. We will see vernacular sustainability elements persisting alongside state-of-the-art design, in a setting which all works to support a sustainable future, followed by a picnic in the park at the end of the tour. Come unearth the native Ohlone settlements, adobe walls from the early 19th century, regenerative sustainable design of the 21st century, and natural art installations celebrating this unique place.

Tour highlights

  • The freeway between the Main military Post and Crissy Field has proved a formidable barrier, so when the road became seismically unsound due to the '89 earthquake, the reaction was not to rebuild as it was, but to build it better. Thus the freeway was buried, and the Tunnel Tops project will be built above, bridging the main military post and the beach front for pedestrians. James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) won the design competition and is now collaborating with EHDD to get it built. JCFO is a landscape design firm known for the Highline, among other high profile park projects, and EHDD is a San Francisco firm, well known for their holistic forward-thinking sustainable design. This project is slated to finish in 2018, but is currently under construction. A designer on the project from EHDD will help lead this portion of the tour.
  • Officers Club boasts the original Adobe walls and amazing views. For this portion Rob Wallace will give us extra insight, not available to the regular public.
  • Sessions Restaurant is a new construction, designed by Lundberg Designs.

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This program is presented as part of the Architecture + the City festival. Maps will be distributed to the tour group as well as to have at the main points along the route for the whole month, so individuals can also do the tour on their own.