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Ode to Contemporary Architecture

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Will San Francisco ever OD on bay windows and Victorians? Dunno, but John King thinks a few brave non-Victorians deserve credit. There's a Showplace Square graduate center, an adaptively reused shed at the edge of SoMa, and a residential building in Lower Nob Hill. The architect on the last one: "I wanted to emphasize the bays, make them seem like tall, thin towers. Too many look like noses put on Mr. Potato Head. ... The way a building meets the street is really important. I'd like to think that all our buildings are urban, but also specifically San Franciscan." But did he have to diss Mr. Potato Head? [SF Gate]