San Francisco

Agents of Change

Civic idealism and the making of San Francisco

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 the companion issue of The Urbanist plus our exciting summer programming series inspired by some of the stories, themes and events covered in the exhibition.

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SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
Phone: 415.781.8726


Exhibition is free to the public