Past Exhibitions

STREET LIFE | YERBA BUENA a community design initiative

a road map for ten years of improvements to the streets, alleys, parks and plazas of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena district.
August 1, 2011 to August 23, 2011
image credit: CMG Landscape Architects

“STREET LIFE | YERBA BUENA: a community design initiative” will unveil a road map for ten years of improvements to the streets, alleys, parks and plazas of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena district. The exhibition, at the SPUR Urban Center Gallery, will introduce the recommendations of the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, a community design initiative sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

The exhibition’s August 2nd opening will feature the launch of San Francisco’s first parkmobiles, creating a temporary public space and a festive laboratory for city life in front of the Urban Center. Join your neighbors, Mayor Ed Lee, and other City officials for food trucks, free flowers, and urban innovations and learn about the future Yerba Buena.

CMG Landscape Architecture will present a unique perspective on public space and introduce the more than 35 projects that make up the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The Plan’s unique sensibility engages the public realm not as fixed and finished, but as an evolutionary process, becoming richer and more interesting through inhabitation, accruing texture and character through art, landscaping and spaces for city life.

Register for the opening party, exhibit and presentation at www.spur.org/tickets. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD), which works each day to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
 

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Exhibition is free to the public
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SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Adapt! Climate Change Hits Home

What the Bay Area needs to do to prepare
May 17, 2011 to July 21, 2011

We have known about the perils of climate change for more than two decades. But global efforts to slow it down by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions have largely failed. Although we must do everything in our power to stop climate change, some of its impacts are now inevitable.  Climate change adaptation — preparing for heat waves, drought, and sea level rise — is now essential.

In this exhibition, SPUR surveys the likely impacts of climate change to the San Francisco Bay Area, which will worsen over the next 100 years and beyond.  We also recommend more than 30 adaptation strategies for minimizing our region’s vulnerabilities to the potentially catastrophic effects of uncontrolled global warming.

The exhibition is curated by SPUR’s Sustainable Development Policy Director, Laura Tam, based on the work of SPUR’s blue-ribbon task force on climate adaptation, and designed by Leon Yu.

Admission: 
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Exhibition is free to the public
 
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SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Local Code: Real Estates

Digital techniques transform abandoned public land into a new urban ecology
March 14, 2011 to May 1, 2011

SPUR presents Local Code: Real Estates, an exhibition by Berkeley faculty Nicholas de Monchaux. His proposal uses geospatial analysis to identify thousands of publicly owned abandoned sites, imagining this distributed, vacant landscape as the basis for a new, green infrastructure. The exhibition includes more than two hundred models of proposed designs for leftover space in San Francisco, milled from abandoned lumber, each lasercut and etched to form part of a new landscape.

Local Code: Real Estates details de Monchaux’s vision for replenishing San Francisco’s 529 acres of “unaccepted streets,” leftover parcels whose presence tracks such pressing urban issues as pollution, impeded stormwater drainage and urban heat islands, as well as more intangible hazards like asthma, diabetes, and crime. Local Code’s quantifiable effects would eradicate the need for more expensive, yet invisible, infrastructural upgrades. In addition, the project proposes new forms of citizen participation to create a robust network of urban greenways with tangible benefits to the health and safety of every citizen.

Admission: 
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Exhibition is free to the public
 
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SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Ocean Beach: In context

A first look at the Ocean Beach master planning process
February 14, 2011 to March 7, 2011
Photo credit: Daniel Furon, furon.net

SPUR is leading an interagency master planning process for Ocean Beach to address issues of public access, environmental conservation and infrastructure in the face of erosion and climate-related sea-level rise. SPUR recently held the first of three public workshops for the Ocean Beach Master Plan, inviting feedback on initial research by the project team. This first look at the wide range of issues at Ocean Beach drew nearly 200 people to the San Francisco Zoo in January. For those that could not attend, the SPUR Urban Center will offer a second chance to review the materials and have your say.

The Ocean Beach Master Plan is funded by grant from the CA State Coastal Conservancy, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the National Park Service. Additional partners include the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks, the Office of Mayor Ed Lee, and the San Francisco Department of Public Works.


Produced by SPUR
Curated by Ben Grant
Exhibit design by AECOM

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

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Exhibition is free to the public
 
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SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Here and Now: Students on Show

Bay Area students tackle the significant issues facing our world today
July 25, 2010 to August 26, 2010

From addressing the most prevalent social and physical issues in our own backyard, to creating solutions for the world’s poor, students are tackling the most significant issues facing our world today. Drawn from a range of student work produced in Bay Area schools, this exhibit includes exemplary projects from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, public policy, graphic design and entrepreneurship to highlight some of the groundbreaking work emerging from our local institutions.

Projects unite innovative solutions with social programs, environmental issues and cultural context, while introducing energy and vision, and surpassing traditional methods of research and design. Also included is the past work of SPUR’s own Piero N. Patri Fellowship, an annual fellowship for students of urban design.

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

The illustrations of Richard Register
June 28, 2010 to July 15, 2010

Richard Register, founder of Bay Area nonprofit Ecocity Builders, is one of the world's leading theorists and authors on the topic of ecological city design and planning. Ecocity Dreamin' is a retrospective of Register's ecocity illustrations complied over the last 30 years, covering everything from land use and mapping, transportation, architecture and ecocity design elements, to futuristic ecological cities based on principles of archaeology.

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Exhibition is free to the public
 

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

Centuries of unrealized urbanism - from the Roman city to the great utopian projects of the 20th century
March 9, 2010 to June 17, 2010

49 Cities sets out to crunch the numbers of several centuries of unrealized urbanism, all the way from the Roman city to the great utopian projects of the 20th century. Through plans, sections, diagrams, charts and scale drawings, 49 cities are observed statistically and presented in an unprecedented comparative study, the result of a research project conducted over several years. Despite the fact that many never actually existed, this history of utopian urbanism provides a remarkable insight into our understanding of the contemporary metropolis. Originally produced by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of Work AC for the Storefront for Art & Architecture in New York.

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Exhibition is free to the public
 

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SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Classrooms of the Future

Winners of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge
January 11, 2010 to February 25, 2010

According to the World Bank, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. Architecture for Humanity’s 2009 Open Architecture Challenge invited the global design and construction community to collaborate with teachers and students to create smarter, safer and more sustainable learning environments. This exhibit features the winning entry, 52 finalists (picked from a pool of over 1,000 entrants) and videos documenting architects, teachers and students from over 40 countries. Join us for the opening event on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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Exhibition is free to the public
 

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

Civic idealism and the making of San Francisco
May 28, 2009 to November 14, 2009

Through compelling content spanning a variety of media--historical maps, photographs, recorded interviews and an interactive multimedia installation--this major exhibition examines the history of citymaking in San Francisco, and challenges visitors to consider today’s urban issues in light of their own values. The story is told through the lens of history, and organized into six overlapping generations: The City Builders, The Progressives & Classicists, The Regionalists, The Moderns, The Contextualists and The Eco-Urbanists. Curated by Benjamin Grant, with exhibition design by Studio Terpeluk, graphics by Leon Yu and multimedia installation by Taco Lab. Be sure to check out our exciting summer programming series inspired by some of the stories, themes and events covered in the exhibition.

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