• Phantom City App: Golden Gate Tidal Power

    In the late '90s, Marc L'Italien came up with an impressive (and hallucinatory) plan to create a hydro-electric plant that would also provide drinking water at the Golden Gate Bridge.    See the Image

  • Phantom City App: AIM Cultural Center

    A group of Native American activists called the American Indian Movement took over Alcatraz for 16 months in 1970-71. In response, Donald MacDonald designed a cultural center on the island. (Looks…   See the Image

  • Phantom City App: A Different UN

    The United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco in 1945, and many, including Vincent G. Raney, thought it should be headquartered here, in the Twin Peaks neighborhood.    See the Image

  • Phantom City App: Stadium

    Published 10/11/13 in Places
    Phantom City App: Stadium

    Now, it's known as AT&T Park. But in 1979, Christopher Grubbs thought it should look a little something ... a-like this.    See the Image

  • Phantom City App: Image

    Published 10/11/13 in Places
    Phantom City App: Image

    Finally, the original sketch, drawing or rendering of the might-have-been project appears on the screen.    See the Image

  • A Bite-Sized Bay Bridge Book

    Published 10/09/13 in Places
    Bay Bridge Book: The White Span

    As we mentioned last week, the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge — called the White Span by one of its architects, Donald MacDonald — is a beautiful, swan-like feat of engineering that took nearly…   Read the Article

  • Bay Bridge Book: A Span Sampler

    Published 10/09/13 in Places
    Bay Bridge Book: Cover

    A new book from Chronicle, illustrated by the architect of the new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge, provides a creator's-eye view of the whole process.   See the Gallery

  • Bay Bridge Book: Frank Lloyd Wright Design

    The original bridge was completed in 1936, but in 1949, Wright designed "The Butterfly Wing Bridge" that was to have gone a little farther south in the bay. Only a scale model was built.    See the Image

  • Bay Bridge Book: Cover

    Published 10/09/13 in Places
    Bay Bridge Book: Cover

    Chronicle Books has published a lovely celebration of the world's longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge, illustrated by its architect.    See the Image

  • Bay Bridge Book: Rocket Inspiration

    The Saturn V still captivates the imaginations of many, including MacDonald. Without announcing the fact, he used the iconic rocket as inspiration for the single 525-foot tower. Each of the five…   See the Image