I think a local contact would have been tempered by and sensitive to the beauty, fragility and strength of this incredible bay area. We are influenced by where we live. We look at mountains, bay, ocean, waves, and sand. Golden Gate park was built on sand, and beautifully so. It swoops low, unobtrusive, and provides a beautiful, renewing place to go. It does not shout, "I am here." It is restful land, reclusively built on sand.
Also, there are two sculptures I really enjoyed in the sculpture garden. One is a scattering of apples, that tiny children seem to employ, and the other is of three figures in conversation. The plants surrounding the building and even sliding into it at various triangular levels are, also, lovely. I just think it takes time to know a place, to feel it. I think a local architect might have been more sensitive to the complexity of this naturally, artfully scaled land. We live in the world of micro-climates, as plentiful as the micro-brews.
To have Andy Goldsworthy create a "Faultline" at the entry to the new De Young seems to me more a comment on the building than the area in which I choose to live.