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Cityscapes: San Francisco and its Buildings Paperback – May 1, 2011
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''Cityscapes takes in the great breadth of San Francisco's built landscape and in it finds joy, beauty, and the great dynamic thrum that marks one of the world's most vital cities.''--Dwell
''John King is making it possible for even strangers, let alone residents, to experience San Francisco like never before. Just the visuals are enough to satisfy your appetite but to then read the description makes you know that you've got to go pay a visit. A must book for everybody.'' --Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco
'Cityscapes takes in the great breadth of San Francisco's built landscape and in it finds joy, beauty, and the great dynamic thrum that marks one of the world's most vital cities.' --Dwell
'John King is making it possible for even strangers, let alone residents, to experience San Francisco like never before. Just the visuals are enough to satisfy your appetite but to then read the description makes you know that you've got to go pay a visit. A must book for everybody.' --Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco
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1. It's small: just a little 5" x 7" handbook that can be tucked into a purse, a pocket, a Christmas stocking, or a tourist's bag.
2. It's a spotty collection of mini-photo-essays of only 50 notable San Francisco structures--some obscure, some very famous. There are two pages (two photos and one text paragraph) devoted to each structure.
3. The book fails as a tourist's guide. Although street addresses are given for each structure, there are no maps to show where the buildings are located within The City or relative to each other.
4. The handbook-size format means that the photos are too small to be enjoyed as portraits of beautiful or intriguing buildings.
In sum, this is nothing more than a by-producted collection of King's previously published newspaper feature columns, with full-color rather than black-and-white photos. In my opinion, it is a "non-book", and valuable primarily as a travel souvenir.
I would not have purchased this book, if I'd had a chance to see it first.
It was generated from John King's (ongoing) weekly mini-column in the SF Chronicle. ([...]) The comments have been fleshed out a bit. There are fifty places, each with 2 pages, which includes text and 2 photos. Even though I had read almost all these columns originally it's nice to have them in one place. For one thing he groups the various places chosen into 4 chapters - icons, styles and masters, landscape, and change. Of necessity, the book is not comprehensive, but it does not pretend to be.
Check out his weekly bits, and if you like it buy the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent selection of buildings throughout the city. Handy size to carry. Quick reference if you encounter a building and want to know more about it.Published 9 months ago by Chinquapin
the book is fine, well written with great photographs. I wish it had covered a few more of San Francisco's hidden architectural treasures.Published on April 18, 2013 by Juliane Barner
Although this really is a "pocket"(5x7x1/2")book, in which Mr. King finds and describes just 49 buildings in San Francisco and devotes about 100 words and two of his own... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by David Littlejohn
This building survey is a mix of iconic landmarks, familiar structures I'd never thought much about, and a few this 40 year resident had never seen before. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by Kent O. Sims