Grand Reductions

10 diagrams that changed city planning
November 6, 2012 to February 27, 2013

Many of the ideas that most influenced the design of cities were first expressed through diagrams. These simple visual statements have become iconic distillations of values, policy agendas and ideologies — touchstones in the visual lexicon of urban planning and design. Grand Reductions investigates the visual culture and iconography of city planning and the impact, for better or worse, of these ideas on the shape of communities in the United States.

The Grand Reductions exhibition and publication was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).


Exhibition is free to the public


SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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