Mapping SOMA

UC Berkeley, Spring 2017

The neighborhood south of market street, known as SOMA, San Francisco, is an area whose identity is understood in relation to the greater cultural and urban framework. To many it has become an interstitial area of programmatic overflow and cultural transition – the space in between destinations.

 

When representing using a figure-ground analysis, however, SOMA reveals unique organizational and programmatic qualities that demonstrate its position as a transitional space of programmatic collision: seeing SOMA represented as a framework composed of street grids, lots, and zoning distributions reinforces its unique position as a framework for the many cultures inherent to San Francisco to come together.