1831-1835 Broderick (
Surviving an appeal in August, a tipster notes the wrecking crews took 1831-1835 Broderick from behind this afternoon clearing the way for the Drew School expansion along Broderick.
1831-1835 Broderick Demolition (
Once again, the design of what’s to come:

Drew School Expansion Plans Pass Their Appeals Test(s) [SocketSite]
Drawings For A Proposed Drew School Expansion Along Broderick [SocketSite]
The Drew School Addition Rendering Scoop: Its Living Wall And All [SocketSite]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Missiondweller

    God that new structure is going to be ugly.

  2. Posted by Mole Man

    Living walls are tricky to render.

  3. Posted by OneEyedMan

    Let this be a cautionary tale for those of you who wonder what can happen when you get taken from behind.

  4. Posted by sleepiguy

    Every vine, ivy, or bougainvillea covered home in SF is full of rats. This thing is going to a rodent paradise.

  5. Posted by Gil

    Yet another very unattractive new SF building. The city does sure know when it comes to uninspiring, sterile and boring architecture.
    Basically this is a box. Nothing interesting in the roofline, street level or window treatments. Cheaper to build and design of course – they get away with it I guess cause of the vines on the outside – but even the vines can’t make this dog hunt.

  6. It does make me wonder from the demo picture if the old facade will be kept despite how the rendering picture looks. Anyone know for certain?
    [Editor’s Note: Yes, we know. And no, it won’t.]

  7. Posted by noearch

    simplicity of a facade or plan or elevation can quite often be appropriate and elegant.

  8. Posted by kthnxybe

    The existing building is square and boxy but I like it. I think if the new building matches it, it’s fine.
    And gosh, aren’t schools supposed to be covered in ivy?

  9. Posted by Joe

    I think SF must be the most rat obsessed place in the US – I’ve seen people bring up rats in many development conversations.
    Rats are the new light and air.

  10. Posted by Justin

    Did you see the SF Chronicle 10/27 piece on Patrick Blanc? He’s designing the vertical garden. He invented them. They’re beautiful. They aren’t havens for furry creatures. His other projects are proof of that. This is smart, sustainable and distinctive architecture. Very positive for the city. You’ll see.

  11. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    “And gosh, aren’t schools supposed to be covered in ivy?”
    wrong coast 🙂
    regarding rats, Blanc also created the wall at Avignon les Halles :
    Les Halles is the local city open food market. If any place would have a problem with rats, it would be a French open market reeking of cheese, fish, and produce scraps in an old Roman city with old Roman sewers. I don’t recall seeing any rat problem. Dog doo doo, yes. Rats, no.
    Joe’s probably right, rats are the new light and air.

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