Agents of Change: A Sneak Peak

BY JULIE KIM
May 28, 2009

We're nearly done installing SPUR's first exhibition, Agents of Change: Civic Idealism and the Making of San Francisco. Here's a sneak peak of how it's shaping up—thanks to an amazing cadre of volunteers who have been working around the clock to get the show installed before it opens this Friday.

I have learned so much from working on this show with our brilliant and tireless curator, Benjamin Grant. His approach to grouping the successes (and failures) of urban planners and architects into six generations paints a vivid picture of all the changes to our city and region, while highlighting the achievements of the remarkable individuals and groups who made them happen. The approach also allows SPUR—firmly rooted in the current generation of The Eco-Urbanists—to forge ahead with knowledge, boldness and humility. We "end" with a big question mark: What's next? What does the future hold?

In the storefront, a model of San Francisco loaned to us by SOM:

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The lobby, with reception desk donated by Pfau Long Architecture, and the entrance to the exhibition:

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A set of three exhibition posters, designed by Leon Yu. The poster on the left features a photo of Mayor Jim Rolph (aka "Sunny Jim") on Muni's opening day in 1912; the center image is of protestors at a "Save us from the Freeway" hearing in 1966; and the right shows a photo of Critical Mass in San Francisco:

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A shot showing our exhibition system, designed by Brett Terpeluk of Studio Terpeluk:

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