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The Chron's architecture critic says the new San Francisco Public Utilities Building has "an elusive presence all its own, lithe and alive." And he approves. Actually, he raves about the agency's long-awaited HQ. Designed by KMD Architects and Stevens Architects and built for $190M, it tries to be a model citizen— and an example for water users— by incorporating its own tidal marsh for a grey water system and wind turbines behind a glittering sculpture by Ned Kahn. At the corner of Polk Street and Golden Gate Avenue, we think you might consider it your civic duty to drive by and have a look. [John King/SFGate]