DIY Urbanism

Testing the grounds for social change
September 9, 2010 to February 10, 2011

Since the onset of the great recession in 2008, San Francisco, like many American cities, has struggled through a period of economic decline and drastically reduced public resources. Fortunately for San Francisco, a city with a long history of entrepreneurship and social activism, citizens have displayed great wherewithal and ingenuity in the face of budgetary stalemates—resulting in an outpouring of innovative “do-it-yourself” projects ranging from activating stalled construction sites, to constructing temporary public plazas and parks at street intersections, to designing pop-up storefronts. DIY Urbanism showcases some of these projects and a snapshot of this burgeoning and distinctively local movement, and explores the meeting grounds between the bottom-up approach of DIY urbanists and the traditional top-down planning process.

Exhibition is free to the public
SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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