1. Tall buildings go on the top of hills so as not to obstruct views and to match the contours of the topography. Gradual tapering of building heights.
  2. Tall buildings on the tops of hills make for better unobstructed street views.
  3. Clustering tall buildings expresses the functional importance of that center.
  4. Gradual transitions of building height and mass is more pleasing.
  5. Taller buildings can provide orientation points and contrast.
  6. Tall, prominent buildings should be light in color, not dark.
  7. No stilty houses on slopes.
  8. That church on gough street is ghastly and "detracts from the urban form".
  9. Unique buildings can be different except when they can't (the old St Mary's was great but the new one is garbage)
  10. Public buildings should be at the focus of axial street views.
  11. Buildings in visually dominant positions should not be blank and uninteresting.
  12. Buildings are bulky when they are much taller than the surrounding buildings but of the same width and length.
  13. The skyscrapers behind Coit Tower are visually disruptive.
  14. Buildings that block the bay are the worst.
  15. Shadows cast by large buildings on plazas in parks are not cool.
  16. Corner plazas can work if the streets are not wide and the other buildings define the space well.
  17. Elevated pedestrian levels are great.
  18. Buildings of uniform height are good around large public squares like union square.