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Past Exhibitions

Feb
27
2015
Oct
2
2015
San Jose

Urban Cartography

Mapping in the digital age
Though its history dates back millennia, cartography has exploded in the digital age. The advent of the personal computer, and more recently the smart phone, has driven the creation of maps at a frenzied pace. From the struggle between open source and proprietary systems to the constant balance between data...
Feb
20
2015
May
1
2015
San Francisco

Urbanism From Within

Designing Secondary Units for San Francisco
One challenge of increasing housing density in San Francisco is the close link between the city’s identity and a romantic vision of Victorian housing. But what if we could add thousands of new housing units without disrupting this image? SPUR’s new exhibition examines how the legalization of secondary units within...
Oct
23
2014
Feb
6
2015
San Francisco

Urban Cartography

Though its history dates back millennia, cartography has exploded in the digital age. The advent of the personal computer, and more recently the smart phone, has driven the creation of maps at a frenzied pace. From the struggle between open source and proprietary systems to the constant balance between data...
Aug
19
2014
Oct
10
2014
San Francisco

Meanwhile in San Francisco

Pulled from artist and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's most recent book, Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in It's Own Words , SPUR's latest exhibition features beautiful illustrations that form a collaborative narrative: the drawings are hers, but the words came from people living and working in San Francisco. To create...
Jul
10
2014
Feb
20
2015
San Jose

Future-Proof Water

Quenching our thirst in the 21st century.
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...
Jan
30
2014
May
7
2014
San Francisco

Urban Olfactory

What does history smell like?
What does history smell like? Over the past decade, a surprising number of historians, preservationists, architects and artists have experimented with scents to record, represent and reconstruct historical buildings, interiors and cities. From a 21st century Rotterdam sweetened with aromas of its river to the foul stench of an early...

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