Past Exhibitions

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.

Admission: 
ADMISSION
Exhibition is free to the public
 
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LOCATION
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.

Admission: 
ADMISSION
Exhibition is free to the public
 
Location: 
LOCATION
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.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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.

Admission: 

Exhibition is free to the public
 

Location: 

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