San Diego, CA

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January 4, 2010

Nestled on the Pacific coastline, between Los Angeles’s sprawl and the Mexican border, San Diego is a surprisingly design-forward town with a handful of modern masterpieces to prove it.

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  In San Diego, one of the only major American cities with a downtown airport, locals are as accustomed to low-flying aircraft as they are to Spanish colonial architecture.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    In San Diego, one of the only major American cities with a downtown airport, locals are as accustomed to low-flying aircraft as they are to Spanish colonial architecture.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute is a stunning building that looks directly out to the sea. Architectural tourists flock to the site, which still functions as a working laboratory.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute is a stunning building that looks directly out to the sea. Architectural tourists flock to the site, which still functions as a working laboratory.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  San Diego’s main Mormon temple is an unusual building, but architect Aaron Anderson will take unusual over bland any day.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    San Diego’s main Mormon temple is an unusual building, but architect Aaron Anderson will take unusual over bland any day.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  University Avenue is one of San Diego’s main thoroughfares and one that Anderson would like to see developed like Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    University Avenue is one of San Diego’s main thoroughfares and one that Anderson would like to see developed like Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  Many of the city’s best young architects meet and teach at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture.  Photo by: Richard Powers
    Many of the city’s best young architects meet and teach at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture.

    Photo by: Richard Powers

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  The San Diego Convention Center, which is sited on eleven acres along San Diego Bay, was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    The San Diego Convention Center, which is sited on eleven acres along San Diego Bay, was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  The San Diego California Temple, conceived by architects William S. Lewis, Jr., Dennis Hyndman, and Shelly Hyndman, opened to the public in 1993.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    The San Diego California Temple, conceived by architects William S. Lewis, Jr., Dennis Hyndman, and Shelly Hyndman, opened to the public in 1993.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  The Children’s Pool is a cement walkway that extends toward the sea, offering visitors a vantage point to observe harbor seals and ocean life.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    The Children’s Pool is a cement walkway that extends toward the sea, offering visitors a vantage point to observe harbor seals and ocean life.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  The Starlight Lounge, a restaurant and bar, was designed by Barbara Rourke and Jason St. John of Bells & Whistles.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    The Starlight Lounge, a restaurant and bar, was designed by Barbara Rourke and Jason St. John of Bells & Whistles.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  Las Cuatro Milpas Restaurant is a hometown favorite, located on Logan Avenue.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    Las Cuatro Milpas Restaurant is a hometown favorite, located on Logan Avenue.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  The LInkery, located in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, offers sustainably raised meats from local farms, cask ales and homemade, hand-spun ice cream.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    The LInkery, located in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, offers sustainably raised meats from local farms, cask ales and homemade, hand-spun ice cream.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  Spacecraft Gallery is a by-appointment contemporary art gallery on North Park Way.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    Spacecraft Gallery is a by-appointment contemporary art gallery on North Park Way.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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  The Museum of Contemporary Art, which has two locations in the city: one carries work created since 1950 and is located in downtown San Diego, and the other, MCASD in Downtown, features site-specific installations by artists such as Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra.  Photo by: Bryce Duffy
    The Museum of Contemporary Art, which has two locations in the city: one carries work created since 1950 and is located in downtown San Diego, and the other, MCASD in Downtown, features site-specific installations by artists such as Jenny Holzer and Richard Serra.

    Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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