San Francisco Shipyard Project, the Future of Urban Design


San Francisco Shipyard Project, the Future of Urban Design

The San Francisco Shipyard is one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects San Francisco has ever seen. Located in the Hunter’s Point district, on the southeastern shores of San Francisco, this project will be at the forefront of the future of urban design and city planning.

As an integral part of San Francisco’s history, Hunters Point was first established as a commercial shipyard in 1870. Following the events of Pearl Harbor, The United States Navy acquired the 638-acre waterfront and its docks for shipbuilding and repairs. The US Navy operated the shipyard until the 1970s and it was closed as a Naval base in 1994. After the San Francisco Giants built a new stadium, AT&T Park on Townsend and 3rd Street, the SOMA district saw a revitalization that has now expanded to the Mission Bay district. Trying to duplicate this success, a bold new plan was set in motion to redevelop Hunters Point. Phase 1 of the redevelopment project called for the demolition of Candlestick Park to make room for a new modern neighborhood.

The master plan for Hunters Point envisions two distinctive neighborhoods to be designed. Candlestick Point will transform the site of the old stadium into a new urban neighborhood with an energetic downtown vibe. An estimated 6,000 new residential units are in the plans to be built in several mixed-use, high-rise towers and large modern apartment buildings. A large outdoor retail center will be the focal point of this neighborhood. About 500,000 square feet will be dedicated to trendy cafes, luxury boutiques, restaurants and bars with outdoor dining, an upscale marketplace and a large theatre and performance venue. The Shipyard neighborhood will include over 5,000 residential units and a new art district to house large art studio spaces, galleries, and mixed used buildings.

According to Wired magazine’s Adam Rodgers, San Francisco is at the forefront of intelligent city design. In his article title “8 Cities That Show You What The Future Will Look Like,” Rodgers emphasizes the importance of sustainable living, using buildings as mixed-used service environments, which this new neighborhood is proudly adopting. The future Shipyard district is hoping to become the new epicenter for the next generation of inventors, new technology, and a place where innovative companies can develop and thrive.