Past Exhibitions

Grand Reductions

10 Diagrams That Changed City Planning
September 30, 2013 to December 30, 2013

After receiving much acclaim in San Francisco, Grand Reductions: Ten Diagrams That Shaped City Planning is now on exhibit at SPUR San Jose!

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).

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public. Related events may have fees.

Location: 

SPUR San Jose
76 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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Unbuilt SF: The View From Futures Past

September 5, 2013 to January 2, 2014

The twentieth century saw both a series of ambitious efforts to reimagine the city of San Francisco and the explosive growth of the Bay Area as a metropolitan region. In Unbuilt San Francisco: The View From Futures Past, the California Historical Society and SPUR will present some of the most revealing episodes in these distinct but related streams of civic discourse through projects that were proposed but never realized. Concern with a particular site, problem or opportunity often spans a period of decades and presents a window into the city’s changing attitudes, politics and values. Just like the cities we do build, the cities we imagine and reject reveal the collective creativity of the urban project and the imperfect civics of placemaking.

The September-October issue of SPUR's magazine, The Urbanist, serves as the catalog for the exhibition.
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About Unbuilt SF

AIA San FranciscoCenter for Architecture + Design, Environmental Design Archives at UC BerkeleyCalifornia Historical Society, the San Francisco Public Library and SPUR are pleased to present Unbuilt San Francisco, a collaborative exhibition on view August – November 2013.

If San Franciscans like to describe their city as “49 square miles surrounded by reality," the visionary ideas that were too grandiose for even San Franciscans to consider remain some of the most fantastic designs for any city in the world. Imagine the Ferry Building surrounded by office towers, a grand casino on Alcatraz, the city wrapped in freeways and a subdivision covering flattened hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This ambitious five-venue exhibition and its accompanying programs will provide San Franciscans and Bay Area residents with an opportunity to confront visions for the region that never came to pass. Images include early designs for San Francisco City Hall and other landmarks, neighborhood-scaled plans that were blocked by community activists, and provocative works by architects prodding society to take on challenges such as sea level rise.

Each of the five institutions will display treasures from archival collections, architecture firms and private architectural collections, and host companion programming, panel discussions and lectures.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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California Historical Society
678 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Adapt/Transform/Reuse

July 14, 2013 to August 29, 2013

Image courtesy Jeremy Blakeslee

Great cities are built in layers — it is the juxtaposition of old and new that gives cities their interesting corners, their urban surprises and their texture. SPUR’s latest exhibition celebrates this diversity and shows how the adaptation, transformation and reuse of historic structures are key to the life of our city.

Co-presented by San Francisco Heritage and CMG Landscape Architecture.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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

2013 Master of Architecture Thesis Exhibition
June 2, 2013 to June 20, 2013

Image: Chaewoo Rhee, "Delta City"

In the SPUR Urban Center back gallery:

How do architecture and water interact with each other? SPUR presents selected 2013 Master of Architecture thesis work by students in the College of Environmental Design at University of California at Berkeley. Developed in studios on Architecture and Water directed by Professors Marc Anderson, Paz Gutierrez and Rene Davids, and supported by architecture chair Tom Buresh, the projects think outside the box regarding the intersection of the built and natural environments.

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Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Portable Bicycle Corral Design Competition Exhibition

May 19, 2013 to May 30, 2013

 

Yerba Buena is a neighborhood in the midst of remarkable growth, and is home to the city’s highest concentration of museums and art galleries, thousands of residents, and unique shopping and dining experiences.  With its thriving street life, packed cultural events calendar, and critical links to the waterfront and transit, there is a high demand for bicycle facilities in the neighborhood.   Narrow sidewalks limit the number and distribution of bicycle racks in the neighborhood. Furthermore, demand for bicycle parking in certain locations may be very high for only one or two days a week, during just a few hours a day.

 

To address this need, the YBCBD in partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department Pavement to Parks Program, SPUR, SFMTA and SFBC sponsored this student competition to design a portable on-street bike corral that is easily deployed in the parking lane when needed.  This concept blends the traditional onstreet bike corral idea with mobile openspace infrastructure like the Parkmobiles which are deployed throughout the YBCBD.  

 

This exhibit presents both local and international design submissions for the Portable Bicycle Corral.  The winning design will be unveiled in summer 2013, and will become an iconic movable fixture in the Yerba-Buena neighborhood.  This new typology marks a new phase of urban design experimentation, and the San Francisco Pavement to Parks hopes to work with other design teams exhibited here to develop other prototypes.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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

Quenching our thirst in the 21st century
March 13, 2013 to June 20, 2013

© San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Katherin Du Tiel

More than two-thirds of the Bay Area’s water is imported from outside the region — supplies that are threatened by a multitude of hurdles, from climate change to new regulations. With the Bay Area set to add another 2 million people by 2040, a safe and reliable source of water to support that growth will be crucial for the region’s continued prosperity. SPUR’s latest exhibition follows the course of our water, from its source to our own faucets, and identifies ways we can continue to keep our most precious resource flowing.

Generously sponsored by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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

October 22, 2012 to October 30, 2012

The design, quality and use of our public spaces may be the best measure of the success of our democracy, since it is in these spaces that most of us interact. SPUR and PUBLIC Bikes present an exhibition that examines the meaning and value of public spaces within our cities. Twenty-nine renowned designers explore the concept of “public” and the bicycle as a symbol of altering the way we connect with our urban world.

Co-presented by PUBLIC Bikes.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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A Peek Behind Silicon Valley's Digital Veil

Seeking Silicon Valley
September 18, 2012 to October 18, 2012

Image credit: Flickr user dmourati

The name “Silicon Valley” usually evokes tech booms and electronic empires. But, Silicon Valley offers a depth beyond this that is frequently unseen. In partnership with ZERO1, SPUR and Hipstamatic invite you to go behind the digital veil with some of the Bay Area’s top photographers. Their interpretation of the theme of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley, proposes that contemporary art practices can reimagine the idea, the place and the experience of Silicon Valley.


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About the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial
Inviting more than 150 artists from over 13 countries, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial presents work at the forefront of media art — collaborating with international cultural institutions and iconic Silicon Valley companies to showcase three months of Bay Area exhibitions, events and performances — in museums and galleries, in skywriting above San Francisco, in the streets and storefronts of Silicon Valley, on iPads and smartphones and across the internet.


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Admission: 

Suggested donation $10 for SPUR members and general public.
 

Location: 

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Surf's Up — For the Long Haul

Unveiling the Ocean Beach Master Plan
June 5, 2012 to August 30, 2012

Ocean Beach, one of the gems of the San Francisco landscape, is 3.5 miles of sand and rugged coastline that functions as a national park, a popular urban open space, a major infrastructure complex and a beloved landscape. But the beach faces severe erosion, complex jurisdictional challenges, a diverse population of users and the looming challenge of climate-related sea level rise. SPUR’s newest exhibition celebrates the Ocean Beach Master Plan, a targeted and sustainable long-term vision for Ocean Beach, addressing public access, environmental protection and infrastructure needs in an accessible, hands-on and interactive style.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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