SOMA Urban Regeneration

Infill
Community

Location
San Francisco, CA, United States

Client
City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office, UC Berkeley

Date
2014–2015

Value
$1bn

Services
Urban Design, Architecture, Planning

Category
Public Realm
Work

Key Features

  • Removal of freeway infrastructure in South of Market precinct left this inner city neighbourhood fragmented and disconnected.
  • The proposal challenged the current policy that each remnant site was a single development parcel.
  • A finer grain development model was proposed that uses sites as catalysts for repair of a community and urban fabric.
  • Demonstrated approached to deliver community values and more sustainable and affordable housing diversity.
  • Informed transport and planning policy to highlight where the private sector investment achieves greater urban outcomes.

With current urban development policy set out to identify each developable block is a development parcel an alternative response was developed that introduced a series of design rules and guidelines that focused on providing what this area desperately needed, family residential housing.

Delivered outcomes at greater numbers and densities than expected with the use of mid-rise urban infill building typologies, clearly defined pedestrian and vehicle priority street hierocracies and connectivity to open space.

Contributors: Justin Kearnan, Daniel Church